The year 2020 was a trying year for all of us due to the COVID-pandemic. What does it mean to be an academic in these difficult times and what can we learn from what we have experienced? Can we make a better world moving forward from this and how can you as students help make this better society happen? These are some of the questions I would like to address in my talk at Studium Generale TU Delft. Grab a drink and some crisps and hope to see you virtually there.