On 27 September when I had just arrived in France, I woke up to a war. It's a common thing in Armenia that there are tensions with our neighbor on the frontline, but this time everything was more serious: they had started a war for therithoris and were killing the civil population, bombarding the cities, destroying the historical monuments. I lost one of my best friends who was a soldier and I was terrified to find the names of other friends and relatives in the daily list of the deceased. Being away from my country and family during this time was not easy, I was suffering from feelings of uselessness and uncertainty.
All the educational scholarships of my country were addressed to the homeless and injured people and I didn’t receive any expected scholarship, as a result was not able to cover my tuition fee. During the pandemic and lockdown I wasn’t even able to find employment in Rouen. Hopefully, Neoma foundation supported me during this difficult time by reducing my tuition fee.