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MDES blog: The thesis final submit and projects!

Week three.
Daniela Monter Morales

Hello again! During these past couple of weeks I have settled down in Mexico, but I’m still struggling a bit with 10am (Paris time) classes because I have to wake up at 3am… and well, it’s challenging. But I feel accomplished and positive every time I get into Zoom and start learning something new and discussing it with my classmates all around the globe.

I’m writing this blog entry after an intense weekend of writing, formatting, and delivering my thesis! The first significant milestone is completely done, and we only have to wait to present our thesis defense virtually. To be honest, it was something I still thought we were going to be able to do in person. But the confinement period seems to keep extending all around the globe, and well, we have to adapt to this new normality. On the other hand, I will be able to celebrate (hopefully) my defense with my parents right, which made me realize how lucky I am.

After three weeks of isolation from the world, “virtuality” is getting part of my daily routine. I wonder what things are going to be like after the quarantine period ends in the world. In Mexico, things are starting to get serious with COVID-19; however, the enormous amount of social differences is getting more obvious. Our society needs to change, and every day I get more convinced that our program (Master in Design for Social Impact), should be more widely studied, or at least the concepts behind it. As an idealist myself, I believe that all projects should be designed to fight social inequalities, always looking for the wellbeing of others.

As for the last reflection of this entry, I would like to talk about a documentary that I just started to watch on Netflix when I’m not working on my final project. The documentary Pandemic is from January 2020, and it became a trend during these confinement days. At first, I thought it was going to be focused on the possible consequences of a pandemic. Then I realized it spoke about the importance of prevention and the other issues that come to the forefront during pandemic times, such as inequality and crime. Inequalities make people more vulnerable to diseases and to any other potential danger, that is why we have to fight against them.

If you decide to take a little bit of time for yourself during this period, I will leave you with three documentaries that speak about social issues, and that I found really inspiring:

Pandemic – Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/81026143
Knock Down the House- Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/81080637
Period. End of sentence- Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/81074663