Welcome back to our #QuarantineChronicles series where we share the experiences of our Caribbean Millennial community living abroad during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Our Caribbean Millennial community is made up of travellers from around the diaspora sharing stories of their travels to inspire our peers to do the same. COVID-19 may have put a pause to our collective travel plans for 2020, but these reflections from our peers will shine some light on how to handle such an expected situation when living abroad.
My name is Lenece and I’m an MBA student in Paris! Hm… three words to describe myself? Gentille, Drôle et Agréable! 🙂
Lenece is originally from St. John’s, Antigua and moved to Paris last year for her MBA Program!
What is the situation like where you are based?
Currently, the virus is not contained in France, so the Health Officials introduced severe measures about 10 days ago. This includes closing educational facilities, public offices, businesses, severe travel restrictions in and to the country, as well as established hospital procedures. Basically.. prison. LOL.
What was your life like just before COVID-19 hit vs. today?
Before COVID-19 became an issue within France, I was attending classes, travelling around Europe and making plans for post-graduation. Today, I am attending classes fully online, I need to have a signed certificate on my person to leave my apartment and my future looks bleak since the economy is crumbling before my eyes.
How are you coping and using the time in quarantine?
Well as I still pretty much have a regular schedule of classes (online), most of my time is spent doing that. After classes, I spend hours on Teams in group calls, completing projects and papers etc.
I am also writing my travel memoirs to keep for my future kids (If I make it out alive) to let them know how badass their mum was. It’s a great way to keep myself in good spirits since travelling is one of my favourite things to do and I’ve had amazing experiences.
P.S I also watch a lot of Netflix (I recently watched Pride and Prejudice for the first time; I cringed but I was happy sis got her man LOL)
What’s one thing you want your friends & family to know about how you’re doing right now?
I want them to know that I am doing okay. I’m aware of how important it is to take care of your mental health in times like this. I am in lockdown, in a foreign country, by myself. It’s necessary for me to stay updated with the news but it gets tough. Alors courage mon ami!
What’s the first thing you’ll do once everything goes back to normal?
It’s spring, so I would visit the park! And…. go to the Auchan that’s located outside of my neighbourhood for Vita Malt 🙂
What advice do you have for Caribbean Millennials who may be wary of moving abroad after this pandemic?
After this pandemic, it will be difficult globally for a few months and in some particular countries even up to a year. I would advise to weigh the pros and cons of doing it now or in a year.