Letters from the dorm: I might be getting sick, but I'm still getting better

Letters from the dorm: I might be getting sick, but I'm still getting better

It's Friday night as I write this, and that should tell you what's going on in my life. This is one of the rare times when I'm not hanging out with friends, the bae, talking to friends back in Hong Kong or curling up with my laptop watching Netflix. Finals are three weeks away.

To be very honest, this quarter is probably the toughest - not just because of the course load (I'm taking two ad-hoc classes for the honours programme, and an astronomy class which confuses me no end), but because I've been getting sick a lot.

It's a vicious cycle. I get stressed out, I get sick, I get even more stressed out because being sick doesn't allow me to perform to the best of my ability in class.

It all started out two days before I flew back to Seattle in early January: I got a nasty cold that lasted for nearly three weeks. Being on maximum strength nasal decongestants while you're trying to power through two-hour lectures is not helpful. And having nightmares about failing the DSEs isn't either - I'm a JUNIOR in college now! You'd think that the mental scars from HK's public examinations would have healed!

Whoa, I didn't mean to unload everything on you - just keeping it real here. Stuff happens … but I've learned a whole lot about myself this quarter. I know how much stress I can handle before things get difficult, and I'll be careful not to pile too much on my plate later on. College is hard, but so rewarding - I've become a better person and student because of it.

I've got a 10-page oral history and 18-page research paper due, but I've already started working on them, so I'm not as stressed out anymore. I'm taking things one day at a time, but I've also got something to look forward to: in three weeks, I'll be celebrating Spring Break in LA and San Francisco with the bae and two friends.

The promise of something fun definitely helps, and I hope everyone dealing with public exams has something fun to look forward to as well.

Good luck with mock exams and all that; it gets easier as time goes on.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Getting sick, but also better


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