How do Hanze students experience the lockdown in the Netherlands? We interviewed international students from different countries and asked them how they feel about the situation. We continue with Indian student Achal Amin, who decided to go back home when Hanze closed its buildings.
‘I’m studying International Business and Relations at Hanze. I’m working on my thesis now and hoping to get my master’s degree before the year ends. I have no regular classes anymore, but I still would go to university if I have doubts and need the teacher’s help or advice on any subject. Usually, I go to the library to work on my thesis.
I think this whole situation could have been under control if the Dutch government had managed it properly from the start of the breakout
‘After I read the news on social media about the coronavirus in the Netherlands, I became a little skeptical about the thought of staying here. I stayed inside my studio apartment mos of the time, because I am very cautious of situations like these. After a while, when I heard that Hanze university would close down, I decided to go back home.
‘I think this whole situation could have been under control if the Dutch government had managed it properly from the start of the breakout. Now we are in a similar situation in India as well. Not that the virus spread like it did in the Netherlands, but there is now a complete lockdown. So, I can’t go outside, but it’s okay, at least I’m with my family.
‘Quarantine got me time to play on my PS4 because now that I am with my family, the only thing I have to worry about is my thesis. Besides that, I got a lot of free time. I also started home workout as a new thing while quarantined, trying to stay fit.
‘If I would have to describe the whole situation in one word it would definitely be: “Disaster.”’