It’s been a while since I last posted as there was a lot happening over the past few months. Honestly, it has just been real crazy.
As we all know, there is a serious pandemic going around in this world. Covid-19. I still had a few weeks left in my psychiatric rotation when they told us to stop visiting the hospital. I don’t know why I thought that the suspension would be a temporary thing but I was very wrong. A few days later, they told us that it would be best for us to go back home as the rest of the semester is likely to be done online. I then had to fly back to Singapore, which was roughly 3 months ago. Since then, I had finished 2 Psychiatry exams, 2 GP exams, after completing the whole GP module online, and 1 Paediatrics exam. The academic year is far from over though as we still have 2 OSCEs and 1 written exam to complete before we would be promoted to fifth year in October.
Finishing part of the semester from home was such an unique experience. Although it was nice to have hot fresh food everyday and I didn’t have to worry too much about cleaning or laundry, I realized how convenient it must be for the local students (most of them) to be completing their university education from home. Honestly, they are so lucky and I hope they do realize it. The only thing most of these students would have to worry about is studying as everything else is taken care for you, whereas this would not be the case if one is staying overseas, away from their family. I was surprised as even though I was very very very stressed out due to the exams, I never broke down and cried? Which is an achievement to be honest as there is always at least one cry session during exam season. I also skype studied with my friend who is currently still in Ireland, almost everyday which helped alot as well.
I wish studying was the only problem that I had to worry about over the past 3 months, but sadly no. Our roomie was gonna move out of our 3 bedroom apartment so we were trying to find another roomie to replace her, through facebook. But that didn’t go very well as our rent for the place is a little expensive. We had to email the agency and tried to coordinate with them about the rent but that didn’t go well. In the end, we decided to move and our super nice roomie offered to help us pack up ALL of our things. We then finally secured a place, and with some help from other friends, we moved in to the new apartment. All while we weren’t even in Ireland… This housing issue made me break down so many times over the past few weeks but I am just glad that it all came together in the end.
On top of that, my laptop kept crashing a few days before my exam so that caused me a whole lot of stress as all my exams were going to be online. We then had to buy a new laptop 3 days before my exam.
Overall, this was such an unique experience. While I was stuck at home due to studying, the whole of Singapore had been in lock down as well. Now that it has been lifted, I was finally able to meet my friends and catch up with them. (: There is still quite a bit to do over the holidays, study for interviews, the remaining exams and my online elective, but I hope it all works out for the best.
It is very unfortunate that all of my original plans of doing my elective in India and travelling around had been ruined but I am glad that I am safe and sound, with my loved ones. Although the spread has been well controlled in Singapore, it is still pretty bad in some other countries. Hence, it is important to play a part in controlling this spread, by washing our hands regularly, wearing face masks and minimizing contact with others. And let’s hope and pray that they find a vaccine soon.