Needless to say, 2020 was a tough year for all of us. But for most, it also was a year of growth, and a year that strengthened our sense of community even more as we braced for Covid-19 together as SJC Residents in our “home away from home.” And what better way to reflect on our experiences of what we braced for together, than together. In this post, we share some stories of SJC residents, reflecting upon their individual experiences related to the pandemic. Some of these stories were created in a story writing event at our traditional Sunday Chai Party (with social distancing measures, of course), where we created cards to handwrite our stories while sharing our experiences together. Some were written by the residents separately. Some of us chose to show their experience in terms of art, in the drawings they made on the cards, and some chose to write a letter to their future self. Some chose to keep their stories, to maybe show to their grandkids some day, explaining how these times were. Many of us also wanted to share our experience with our fellow Johanneans in this Alumni Newsletter. Below you will find the drawings and stories our residents wanted to share with SJC Alumni. We hope you keep safe, and thank you for sharing this experience with us.
– Demet Kirmizibayrak, SJC Workstudy Student Project Coordinator