Written by Brigitte Wong
Dear readers, Issue #50 of SUSScribe features Light – within the community, here at SUSS. Of staff, students and alumni, all tiding through and against these seemingly dark times. Enjoy this unique collection of anecdotes from our SUSS community; perhaps in reading one of these submissions, you’ll find one that you identify with. I hope that sharing in our experiences will bring you joy, and perhaps even a measure of peace.
April The Seventh, Year Two Thousand and Twenty
The Supermoon in Jiangsu, huge and bright, induces sentiment on how Covid-19 affects my return to my homeland.
If I may be pardoned, by sage of yore,
in the stillness and luminance of the orb,
The distance between me and them
as in thoughts and care that can be shared
If I may miss and be missed by loved ones, miles away
in quietness and brightness of the refracted light,
The proximity between me and they
as in mind and hearts that can be felt
If I may be, should be, in and among,
Those who matter most,
Kong Gaik Suan, BA English Language and Literature (OUUK), Class of 1997
Fact Versus Fiction
My work-from-home station faces the park opposite my living room. The aroma of my Colombian coffee fills the air and after a homemade breakfast of eggs, ham and pancakes, I sit at my desk with my cat curled up at my feet, ready to take the day by storm.
That’s what I thought.
In reality, I had to first identify a suitable space, a process that highlights my disorganised room. Then, to jostle things off to set up my laptop and files. Lastly, to hope that nothing awkward happens during those face-to-face work calls. Let’s not forget having to fill out daily logs for a fellow micromanager.
Lim Wei Siong Holden, BSc Psychology, Class of 2018
The Right Kind of Rebel
Even before the Covid-19 pandemic happened, we all struggled with one thing or another. Perhaps not daily, but only occasionally. If that should mean anything at all, it means that we have struggled, and that we have overcome.
I do not enjoy assignments back then and I still do not enjoy them now, but life goes on, and so do our assignments. So, take that escape into alternative realities if you have to – books, games, films, or the very best that is already in your head.
Stay safe, stay sane.
Chai Hui Mian, Student, BSc Psychology
Our Fight Against Covid-19
During this Covid-19 period many things have changed, such as Working from Home (WFH) and Home-Based Learning (HBL). The government, schools and workplaces are doing their part for the one-month circuit breaker and we should also do our part by staying at home, whenever possible. This pandemic can only be conquered when all of us are united.
Thank you to our Healthcare workers, cleaners, Public Transportation drivers, the F&B industry and many more for your hard work. Thank you to SUSS and the many institutions that have made HBL possible, and shifting exams to Timed Online Assignments (TOA) within such a short period of time. Most importantly, let’s all remember our personal hygiene, as well as masking up when we’re outside. We will win this fight!
Hazel Goh, Student, General Studies Program (CET)
It’s That Time Again
It’s the end of the day but the TMA has yet to begin. Being tired and zoned out, the last thing I want to do is to decipher a Google Scholar article. Is it really in English?
To all of us, this scenario is painfully familiar. Our resolve to continue our education has been tested countless times. Somehow, we overcame another assignment, another exam. We thought we couldn’t, but we did.
The Covid-19 situation makes our journey even tougher.
However, we are not new to challenges. It’s that time again, to prove to ourselves what we are made of. Tough times let tough spirits shine.
Siti Hajar Binte Abdullah (Mrs Teo Zhen Wen), Student, BSc Psychology
Stay-at-home mum with kids aged 3 and 5
The empty streets
The glistening tarmac
unmarred by footprints
The strange silence that fills the air
Things I’d probably not ever see in my lifetime again after this Fourth of May.
Work plans shelved
Yes, there are plenty of inconveniences.
And yet, it is also a time for healing
A time for families to re-bond
A time for mother earth to regenerate
Regenerate its natural resources
A time for it to regrow from the pollution.
And perhaps, when all these end,
we will emerge wiser, humbled and more appreciative of the things around us, things that we’ve often overlooked and dismissed as part of our daily routine, always there, never changing, always available.
And may we learn to love.
Teng Zhi Yun Gillian Marie, Bachelor of Communication, Class of 2016
I took this shot of maple leaves at Eikando Temple in Kyoto on 21 November 2019. I’d hoped to return to Japan in late March this year to see the sakura, but, alas, the pandemic has put paid to that. However, looking at my travel photos during this circuit breaker period helps keep my spirits up. Here’s hoping everyone is keeping safe and healthy!
Associate Professor Ludwig Tan, Dean of SHBS
Through it all, it is my ‘heart-most’ (read: utmost) desire for you to be safe, and as we journey along these rocky roads, remember to hold on to the ones who mean most to you. Pick up that phone, talk to them, give them a call – just like the good ole’ times!