2020 can kiss my a**. Or maybe not.

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Academia / Something personal

Well, that’s quite a title. Sorry for that mouthful.

It hasn’t been the best of years for everyone. A lot of people lost their jobs, their loved ones due to the goddamned pandemic, poor governance*, not to mention the way George Floyd was killed–I CAN GO ON ALL NIGHT.

I won’t mince words. I really hated 2020. It felt like going back to 2016 when my mental health was in The Worst Shape Ever, and I was really wasn’t a wonderful person to hang out with back then. I’ll admit that. I have to admit that I am still an odd duck in a lot of ways. And odd is an understatement. #sorryIwasabitchbackthen

And then there’s online class. Boy, that was really something. It’s not an ideal setup, but what can we do? It’s either grin-and-bear-it or face taking a penalty course if I stayed in the diploma track for more than four semesters. So I chose to grin and bear it. While I cannot count how many times I’ve moaned about it, it’s done a lot of wonders for me, especially with how I managed my workload. It was a learning experience and one that I wouldn’t forget in a long time. And while I was occasionally running around like a chicken with its head cut off (sorry, terrible simile), I am proud to say that I DID IT. I LIVED THROUGH THE SEMESTER.

One of my proudest moments in the semester was when I ALMOST aced my midterm exam in my Labor relations class. While Labor law was one of my favourite subject areas when I was in law school, I never came near to acing a midterm exam. It’s weird how that’s happened in graduate school, but I am thankful for it, nevertheless, and again, it has given me more confidence in my academic abilities.

So, what now, 2021? There are a few things that I want to happen this year:

  1. That the vaccine be administered to more people, and hopefully the vaccine is a safer, more effective one;
  2. The pandemic to end;
  3. Graduate;
  4. Finally stepping up academically (proceeding to Master’s proper)
  5. My family and friends staying healthy;
  6. My sister being able to visit home

I don’t think that list requires further expounding, well except for #4. If this is your first time reading my blog, I’d like to explain my current academic status. I am currently on a diploma track, and I am on my second year, albeit on irregular status. If all goes well this semester, and if I complete my research proposal before May, I’ll be graduating at the end of the second semester of this academic year. I am still deciding whether I should shift to Public Administration or stay in Industrial Relations.

So I’ll end this update here. I still have still school requirements to complete, but I really don’t want to start this year without an update at least! Stay safe, everyone!:)

*I really can’t elaborate on that here. We can probably talk about it on email. Or elsewhere.

The Author

Filipina, thirtysomething. Public servant by day, grad student at night. Blueberry cheesecake and cat enthusiast. Loves a good caramel milk tea with egg pudding.

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