So here I am, sitting in front of the laptop, feeling grateful that there’s no class today while nursing a cold. Can it even be called a cold? It’s so warm here… Just a local update on the weather, according to AccuWeather.com, poor souls living in Singapore are melting under the 33°C heat and 58% humidity (RealFeel says it’s actually 42°C because the thermometer is enjoying life under the shade). It’s 3.50 PM. Welcome to the life of an Equatorian.
The heat and lack of sleep since term started had been getting at me… and they have succeeded in making me feel like crap. What can be worse than feeling all hot and stuffy on your nose and throat and feeling actually hot and stuffy all over?
Bloody hot weather aside, I’m now a full-fledged Year 2 student. Hooray! (That actually means I’m graduating soon and I can finally do what I want to do) With this comes great responsibility (sorry, Spidey). We’ll be setting out to intern at some research facilities and what-nots worldwide! Which means I stand a chance to fly over to Korea, UK or Ireland. Goodness. I’ve never stepped out of the Asia-Pacific region.
Internships are a year away, but I’m getting all hyped up about it already. One of the reasons keeping me here doing what I know I won’t be doing in the future is the opportunity to go to the United Kingdom (feels great typing it out) or Ireland. Gosh. It would be a dream come true. There’s the US learning trip they planned for us later in September (which costs S$5,000) and a France trip ($4,000), but nothing beats being in a totally foreign country for 4 whole months. No, I’m not in any of those trips yet. The school, although generous in trip-planning, is not that willing to fork out money to sponsor their precious students in their learning journeys. Understandable, considering that it is quite expensive even for a rich kid.
Thus comes the issue of gathering $10,000 in one year. In order to get myself stuck inside a flying metal structure with wings for 12 hours 54 minutes (to London) or 13 hours 26 minutes (to Ireland), I need to cough up that amount of money by early or mid-2013. Many students would just give up there and then, but I’m not going to let financial matters get in the way of my dreams. No way. I’m going to either one of these countries and that’s that. I will get that part-time job, no matter how hard it’s going to be, and I’m going to be one of the very few going to Europe.
Now, let me get off my laptop, please. I have to convince a dozen people that pouring ice cubes down your shirt is a very sensible thing to do. I’ll still have to survive this sweltering heat before I can end up in 2013.