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Dear Covid 19

Dear COVID-19,

 

You’ve certainly spiced things up during my Internship.

 

As I am studying an IT course, I wasn’t affected much and able to continue with my Internship from home. But for my friends studying courses related to hospitality, they were informed weeks, if not days, before the start of their internship, that the company no longer needed interns. It certainly was a rush for the school to find alternative placements for them.

I wasn’t the only one working from home. In fact, my entire family was.

In the first week, I was still interning in the company’s office. I was told that from the following week onwards, I had to begin working from home. Instead of having face-to-face human contact, which would have made seeking advice regarding the projects that I was doing easier, I had to settle for alternatives like Zoom or Skype. We had to have regular meetings with our company supervisors to check on the progress of our work, as they couldn’t physically check on us from time to time.

 

A few weeks in, I settled well into my new working environment. Well, I wasn’t the only one working from home. In fact, my entire family was. My mother would regularly cook lunch and dinner for us, and I came to realise how much I missed home-cooked food when I was studying in Polytechnic. On the plus side, I got to save my daily allowance as well, as I didn’t need to pay for food!

 

As I am also part of the Community Engagement Department in Cyber Youth Singapore, we are responsible for Youth Engagement. We had to switch all our engagement plans to be held online instead. One of which was the Youth Cyber Exploration Programme, an initiative introduced by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore for young talents to be introduced to cyber security. This is usually held on-site at the facilities of the 5 polytechnics. As physical meet-ups were not possible, the plan was for the programme to be held virtually instead.

 

With the announcement of the holidays being brought forward to May, our team was caught by surprise, and within a short amount of time we had to quickly plan and execute the programme. As we used Discord as our medium to hold the lessons, I had to make sure that it all went smoothly. We were glad to say that the programme went well and the participants were happy that they got to learn a lot of new things out of it.

 

Instead of feeling angry and pissed off at you, COVID-19, I am glad that you gave me the push that I needed instead.

Amos Ng

03 Jul 2020