It has been a year we are battling with the pandemic. We lost many things, yet we gain many things as well. The are many good things about this pandemic such as having more time with family, planting more, fewer carbon dioxides, etc. Socrates, a philosopher once said, “A life that is not reflected is not worth living.” So, VDMI held the Zoom Sharing event with the topic of Enjoy the Wave on March 3 and 10, from 15:00 to 17:00 WIB. Facilitated by Dr. Ferdinandus Hindiarto, Faculty of Psychology at Usoegi, the participants reflect on the good things that occurred in their life during the pandemic.
Nopri sinaga, a grantee from Medan State University (Unimed) reflects that the hardships in 2020 teach her many important things. She now believes that if she can overcome the hardships, she can face any challenge that might come in the future. Also, Qudsiyyah Sri Raharjo, an alumnus from Bung Hatta University (UBH) shared that the pandemic enables him to learn from more people including from this sharing session held by the VDMI. Qudsi now realizes that every person is like a book that he can learn from.
There are four capitals that we have as humans: psychological capitals (hope, optimism, self-efficacy, resiliency), intellectual (ideas, creativities, innovations), social (networking, friends, communities), and spiritual (values, theology, spirituality). During this pandemic, we should have all of the capital and increase the level. Furthermore, Carol Dweck in her book, Growth Mindset, suggests, “We cannot say ‘this is how we are’, meaning that we cannot grow.” From the participants’ reflections, this pandemic makes them realize that they can do more regardless of the pandemic.
Miftahul Jannah, a grantee from Hasanuddin University, asked about strategies to overcome Zoom fatigue. Dr. Ferdinand suggested, “Try to prepare yourself similar to the time when you attend a face-to-face class, give yourself a break after a session of an online class, and stay away from any of your gadgets a while before your next online class. We have enormous hidden potentials that waiting to be released. Our brain can continue to reorganize throughout our life span (neuroplasticity). So, we should avoid having a fixed mindset, believe that we cannot do something. Be confident and believe that you can do anything, as long as you are willing to put effort into it.