COVID-19 Ruined my Year’s Plans; a lesson in uncertainty and seeking opportunities.

It was early February and I had practiced packing my suitcase and decided exactly what to take and what to leave. I had an excel document outlining what I had spent my money on, I had my passport and visa ready to go and it was even packed in my bumbag with a bit of yuan. I had photocopied and scanned all my documents to USB, left an emergency folder of information for my parents and I was just about to leave my internship in two weeks.

But I had been watching closely on the statistics around a thing they called corona virus and I was becoming more and more anxious. I wanted someone to tell me not to go so that it wasn’t my decision to ruin a year’s worth of planning, a years plan and a scholarship. Mum and Dad still wouldn’t tell me what to do, then one morning I got into work and jumped on to look at the stats only to see that a 28 year old with no pre-existing medical conditions known of had died. As a 22 year old with a medical condition, that scared the shit out of me. That is when I decided to cancel my trip but the issue was, the Australian Government did not update their travel advice yet.

I began contacting my airline, the hotels I booked and my travel insurance for refunds. Thankfully, I got just about all my money back. I emailed my university and thankfully I could defer my placement to September. I told my boss that I cancelled my plans and thankfully she really liked my work so my contract got extended for a couple more months.

Between then and now little did I know that this virus would spread to all the corners of the world and reek havoc, even in Australia. So now its May and I am now unemployed but lucky for me I am very good at saving money and I have parents that are willing to let me live with them for three months.

I was feeling very lost for a little while there but now I have re-grouped and instead of dwelling on the fact that my plans were on hold I started thinking about what achievements I could make between now and then instead of wasting my time.

I set a few goals for myself:

  • Study my butt off and get back into the swing of writing Chinese
  • Go get my HSK 3 and achieve a score above 95% (something I should have done a while ago)
  • Study for the HSK 4 and my goal that I have set right now without knowing where my level is really at is to achieve 85% plus so hopefully I will grab a High Distinction.
  • Revise the books I completed three years ago while in Shanghai as I assume they will be using the same books. I will need to really concentrate on all the grammar points they cover off.
    (my English grammar is not spectacular either!)
  • I want to do all of this to guarantee that I will be placed in an intermediate level class when I take the placement tests in SH.
  • Complete one of my marketing classes between June and September. Fingers crossed exams don’t interfere with flights.
  • Get a part-time internship at one of the wineries that export to China nearby so that I can still have professional experience while studying. (I have landed an interview at one of them!)

This is how my brain needs to deal with uncertainty (post-melt-down because my brain thinks that is necessary), I make lists. Lots of them! I need an entire new plan and I need to set new goals because otherwise I would feel totally lost and like I am achieving nothing. I think that this will actually benefit me in the long run because now I have time to study up and make sure I can make the most of being in China. If my goals are achieved, I will finish my Chinese proficiency level at the highest level of intermediate going onto advance. After that, who knows what will happen after July 2021!

I might stay in China even longer for study or work! I haven’t thought that far ahead which can be a little nerve wracking at times for me but the investment I am making for my education should stand out on a resume right? Surely, I can land a job in marketing or sustainability following my China en-devours. I dare say the world is going to change drastically in the next ten years towards a more sustainable future as I form the foundations of my professional career. I’m excited!

Published by sazcud

I went on exchange to China, Shanghai in 2017 and after sometime I am writing this blog in my reflection of travel, experiences and culture. I want this blog to help bridge a misunderstanding between two cultures, the East and the West, Australia, and China. I also want to provide informative posts about applying for scholarships and tips for living in Shanghai/ going on exchange. I plan to return to Shanghai International Studies University in Feb 2020. This time I want to travel to Chongqing, lijian, taiwan and hongkong to name a few! I am still adding more to my bucket list. Last time I traveled to chongming island, zhangjiajie, zhujiajiao water town, xi'an, yichang and beijing - which you will see blog posts about very soon!

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