I had only flown to the US for a competition. A quick return to the States; by the end of the week I would be back in Zurich – a place that was slowly but surely becoming a second home.
Or that was the plan. Little did I know that the US President was about to announce a travel ban for all Europeans entering the US. A vague message that would cause my school to pull all students out of Europe-based study abroad programmes. This meant I would not be going back to Switzerland. My semester at ETH Zurich would be postponed – “indefinitely”, a word that has become all too common.
The following week was a chaotic swirl of uncertainty and anxiety as I organized the retrieval of my things, which were still in Zurich; deregistered from Switzerland; and prepared to take online classes at midnight. Throughout, I was constantly thinking of everything I was leaving behind in Switzerland. Not just my stuff, but also the plans I could never implement and the people I was unlikely to see again.