Pandemic brought life lessons for Jai Khanna, winter commencement student speaker

Graduating senior Jai Khanna is still tweaking the speech he’ll give Sunday as the student speaker for UW–Madison’s winter commencement. But he knows one message he wants to impart: Live life in the moment.

It was a lesson the international student says he was forced to learn during the pandemic. When COVID-19 struck in March of 2020, Khanna decided to stay in Madison and finish a few projects instead of quickly booking a flight back to his native India. By the time reality sunk in, borders had closed.

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