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In September, the Health Minister of Brunei made a speech about the increasing number of psychiatric patients RIPAS has been receiving since 2013.
The Health Minister indicated that the statistics is “worrying”.
I am a part of that “worrying” increase.
I currently have that feeling where I am extremely excited by my school that I need to tell it to people. Problem here is that I don’t know who I’m telling it to. So, you’re the general “people” I’m talking about.
My MA is in Anthropology of Development and Rights. Thus far, I’ve managed to go through class without being quiet. I’ve formed relations with colleagues and superiors, asked my course coordinator if the Masters students have an office (we do not; unlike Singapore where they do), and made friends here and there.
Before I arrived in London, I spent a lot of time hesitating whether this is the right thing to do, the correct course to delve into the next year, or the right school. I’ve been here for 2 weeks, and I can say yes to all of those. I enjoy the company of my peers, know that I can form a good relationship with my advisors, and am living in a good accommodation that does not burn a hole in my wallet in retrospect.
The great thing about being a Chevening scholar (I’m funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Offices of the UK government; thanks, FCO!) is having friends at your disposal. That’s not to say I’ve gotten along well with everybody. I’ve met people I know the relationship will have difficulty in prospering, but I’ve also met people I can comfortably joke around with. I’ve met people who doesn’t listen to what I say and talk over me, but I’ve also met people who respects me enough to listen and be patient with me. But overall, I’ve met a great bunch of people—each and every one of them. And I’ve met good people in my course too.
What I fear most out of the next year is how fast time will fly. I haven’t made any travel plans despite the intention of travelling somewhere (without and outside UK) once a month. I have made connections with people who would happily do that with me, which is awesome.
The difficulty I think I’ll have is adapting to the study system. I don’t want to fall back in my Singaporean ways where all I did was study. I think I let that shadow over me every time I start opening a book—I’ll start questioning that do I have a life here? Will academia take over my life? (It will; it has, but it has been in a good way) or will I allow myself to have a bit of fun? I haven’t even considered going to a comedy show despite in the past going to comedy shows every night while I’m in London. I guess the good thing here is that I can take things a bit more slowly compared to when I travelled to London in the past. That’s always good.
As per tradition of learning and being under academia, I will start writing what I’m learning and see how it compares to the region of my love (Southeast Asia, duh).2 weeks ago • 5 notes