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Muskan Chandak

We asked women at Warwick to submit an image of themselves for inclusion in the Warwick Women's Montage and a short description of the challenges they've faced/continue to face and how they're dealing with them.

See Muskan's submission below:

"Well it was a difficult time for everyone out there but for me it became tough when I had to go back home due to lockdown. I am someone who is full of energy, very out going, do not stay at one place and I rarely have a dull moment in my day to day life. But with restrictions on movement I felt like I was just stranded. I wanted to go out and make most of each day in my life but it was a tough time.

I had my offer letter from the university before Covid hit my country. However, towards July, when the situation didn't improve, it became difficult to convince my family to let me come to Warwick. I had a series of conversations with my parents giving them logical reasoning as to why they should let me go. They were finally convinced but then there were my relatives questioning my decisions. I asked my father 'What is more important - What people say or my happiness?' He obviously chose the latter and here I am today.

I just want to put it out there, everyday everyone is fighting a million battles. But it will eventually get better- Have faith in the universe and keep moving forward."

Read more personal stories on the Warwick Women's Montage page.

You may also be interested in:

ED&I Newsletter

Charters - including Athena Swan (gender equality Charter)

Gender Initiatives

Data and Reports - including Gender Pay Gap Report

Policies

Taskforces and SIC - including Gender Task Force

* If you’re struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic find sources of support on the Staff Wellbeing Hub and access confidential online or phone support from the Employee Assistance Programme.