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Maya Student Reflections on COVID-19, part 2

June 8, 2020


I am from Komchen and am in my last year of law school.


My name is José Carlos Piste Canul, currently living in Komchén, Merida, Yucatan.  I’m a beneficiary of the great association Maya Indian Missions which day by day raises the dreams of many young people. I want to share my view of this pandemic. The truth is that when this virus arose, it wasn’t a big thing for me. I watched the news and I always thought the disease would not last long or would be controlled. It was very surprising to hear that it became a pandemic and preventive measures by our country was the “Quarantine”. In the same way since the start of the school year it was clear with my classmates that it was going to be our last year together and we had to make the most of it. We did that until one Friday we left without saying anything but “Happy Weekend”!! Without imagining that we would not  be back for a long time.


But from all this I take good things like, don’t leave for tomorrow what we can do today, value the things around us. I  went to the park thousands of times without valuing it, I said many times to my friends I can’t! do that …knowing that yes, I could. I wasn’t serious about many things until now this pandemic arises.  The truth is that this pandemic has brought with it positive things. One day it will make a great story for my  children and a valuable lesson for humanity. THANK YOU and see you soon.



From Komchen.


In this quarantine I have been able to appreciate what friendship and family really are, all this time without being able to see who I love the most has made me miss them to the point of understanding how important they are to me . It’s good taking a mental break and thinking about the things you’re doing right and the things you’re not, it’s good to feel that something is going wrong and wanting to make it better.


Virtual school is not a good idea if I’m in my last semester, the truth is that I’ve been too affected by the failure of teachers to explain various things.  I feel that the failure to understand will affect me in my grades and future in college.  Being home all day takes away the desire to be serious and it’s here that you realize what’s important which is to value everything. There are people who go out because they need to – parents who have to work and leave someone alone at home. There are foolish people who leave because they are fed up with the lockdown but don’t think about how it can affect others. 


I really hope that after all this we can have lots of moments of gratitude to my whole family and make up for those times that I have not been able to be present to others.  I have missed them a lot.



My name is Shirley and I am a 16-year-old girl from Komchen.


For me really the pandemic situation has impacted my life in different ways. I wouldn’t know if should call them “good” or “bad” experiences, since I’ve had good days, and bad days. My hours at first I took quarantine as “vacation” (ignorantly) but, as the days were going on I realized that this wasn’t funny. Speaking academically, I got a lot of online tasks, the internet was falling, which meant my work couldn’t be done on time. I couldn’t understand the work which was assigned, as there wasn’t a live teacher to help me.


Personally, the quarantine had taken away much of what I liked to do, so I have not been able to go to work at my usual job. And in the family sphere, speaking negatively, I have not been able to see my grandparents, uncles and cousins. And thinking further, and getting empathetic, this is not something that only affects me, there are people who have lost their jobs, and they can’t meet their basic needs, there are also people who health wise, risk their lives day by day by taking care of sick people..


Finally, I have to say that we don’t have to be negative, regardless of what we’re going through. I have been touched to learn to see the good side of this situation, referring to the view of this as an area of opportunity, enjoy with our families with how little or as much we have, strive academically, and replace our ways of doing things , replace them with hobbies like reading, exercise or  finding out more on some subject of our interest, it may be something related to a talent or professional career.  For example I study nursing and now maybe I can watch “nursing” programs. Yet I am still positive and I am hopeful that all this will end, and I would like everything to come back to normalcy and that this time of pandemic only remains as something we went through, a cordial greeting to all.



I am from Komchen.


We are currently going through the covid-19 contingency and personally I can say that it has been a little difficult and complicated because all the plans that had been made and then the dates were cancelled, our suspended activities, some of them unscheduled even because they are unique activities like my graduation or academic ceremony of my senior year in high school. Just as you are not sure what will happen the same with the entrance exam to college, all these things have affected my generation, but on the positive perspective, I know that all that comes to pass is with a purpose and all I have to do is trust and wait, stay home and hope that it’s all over because there’s a  time for everything and the main thing is now.


Now the classes are taken online, it has not been difficult to adapt for us students, but for teachers yes it is difficult for them and that kind of affects learning, but our duty as student is that with teachers or without teachers we must read and study on our own and that has helped me much to be able to get ahead.


My family and I are at home without going out more than for the basics since March 15, and in this time I have spent  much more time with them. Because my family is very close, I have managed to appreciate life more especially of those who surround me and also to see how fragile we can be as humans in the face of a virus .  Speaking of my activities will be a little difficult because everyone is afraid to leave


If some day in the future a tragedy like this will happen again, we will know what to do and act immediately. I look forward to things returning to normal and when I will be able to be with people I haven’t seen for a long time. I look forward to doing things I like the most like teaching and helping the kids in the association as part of my service work in the association Maya Indian Mission.



I am from Komchen.


Throughout this quarantine I have been able to reflect on my own limits.  Before I put obstacles on myself saying that “I tried and couldn’t do it” when I actually might not try it more than once.  Now I realize that I just have to try a little harder. Maybe the first or the first few times I don’t get it right or I don’t do well, but that will help me improve. Now in this time of quarantine  I’ve been able to try to do the things that before I assumed “I couldn’t do it” and I pretended not to do it right or as I wanted . Now I’m trying and this time I’ll be persevering.


I consider myself a persevering person regarding school issues,. I hope that this experience has helped me face obstacles that will be helpful  to me both academically and personally for the future.



I am from Komchen.


I decided to see this period of isolation as an opportunity to meet with myself.  The first few weeks I can’t lie, I found it impossible to adapt to this change and lifestyle . Something I remember accurately was that the first day the health emergency had barely been announced and the request to stay at home was a feeling of dread and fear that I felt, both for me and for my family. As the days and weeks passed another feeling took hold of me, a slight stress for “tasks and online classes”.  Then trying to do my homework I became glued to the computer. I  spent my day and night, I can say that I changed my sleep habits.  Instead of falling asleep at 11/12 and waking up at 8/9 I would not fall to sleep until 3:00 am and wake up past noon. As the days passed I decided to start a routine. I spent part of the day on my studies and organized them by priority, from the one I had received earlier to the one late. As well as doing the task which was more difficult to the easiest, and on the other hand I dedicate some time each day to household chores like sweeping or cleaning the floor and watering the garden.  I noticed that my garden had been avoided. 


As well as around the house, I decided to get to work, removing herbs, turning over the soil and planting some little trees – all became a very pleasant pastime. Another activity I did was to dedicate some time to practice some skills with carpentry and help in the house with such needs, such as putting up screens. I  put some shelves in my room and in the kitchen, likewise I noticed that at home in a corner was a can of paint, mostly used by the way but enough to save for  the needs and tweaks that my home required so I got back to work.


The last few weeks I wanted to put into practice some of my knowledge in electricity which is my future  career. I decided to do electrical installations at home. I put some spotlights in and out of the house, with their respective switches and I put better lighting in my room. A few years ago I practiced day and night the guitar and then I noted that lately I had abandoned the guitar. But now I  have decided to resume  practicing some songs a little bit. I think that in this way I’m trying to get through  this quarantine in which we find ourselves seeing it as a moment or rather a space, to meet myself and dust off skills that I  already had and had let go – the same way to learn  some new skills , which I never imagined. 


From tragedies arise the opportunities and I thank God we’ve been in good health and we can get though this obstacle which society is confronting.



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