You had to choose 2020, didn’t you? I was supposed to be in Europe for my overseas student exchange before you came into the picture. You took away what was probably going to be the best 5 months of my life, months that I will never ever get to re-live no matter how hard I try.
I don’t know much about other schools, but ask any NUS student and they will agree that the one thing they look forward to in their 4 years (sometimes 3) of tertiary education is the one semester where they can escape the constant competition of grades, internships and career prospects. In fact, the whole point of choosing to go for exchange this semester was to secure a summer internship before leaving, a summer internship also changed by your existence.
But you have also taught me so much.
I grew up more this year than all the previous years of my life combined. You taught me to treasure family more (even if the increased time spent together during this circuit breaker has resulted in more fights at home). You also made me realise that there’s no place I’d rather be fighting this epidemic than this little red dot I call home. And most importantly, you taught a young 24- year-old me ready to take on the world to not lose sleep over things that I cannot control and focus on the things I can.
So thank you COVID-19, but I hope to never see you again.