"With the sudden lockdown in Delhi, I had no access to art supplies so I had to improvise to build my 3D designs," says Das, first-year industrial design student in UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP). "Instead of giving up and earning a lower grade, I finished the initial renderings on a web design program and created my 3D designs with clay I made from wheat flour and water in my parent's kitchen."
As UC's campus went online only in March as a result of the pandemic, students in campus housing packed up, moved back home and prepared to finish the semester from a distance. But for international students like Das, booking a flight home was not easy or affordable. Many airlines began inflating prices substantially before the international flights were to be shut down a week later, she says.
Das' father quickly booked her a flight, but it wasn't cheap. "And international students without the financial means to purchase tickets at that time were stuck, as well as others who may have had the means but weren't able to leave before the international shutdown," says Das. "So UC International helped those students file for continued housing on campus through the end of the semester and into the summer while maintaining quarantine protocol."