Two years. Two years as a part-time post grad student, working and studying at the same time. For two years I hunkered down, bit the bullet and made the arduous journey of completing my studies and finally getting my Master’s degree from NUS.
Two long years. Sacrifices were made, Something had to give. Now that I have completed it, I have time (again) for leisurely pursuits. Netflix, reading, travel. Especially travel. I am now ready to see the world once more. For too long I felt caged up and confined, unable to find time to travel and experience new things. I has been really hard, juggling work and school at the same time. And the lack of time to travel has been one of the many sacrifices I made so that I can graduate on time.
And graduate I did. Yesterday was the day I officially completed my studies. I did my thesis presentation, the final push before officially ending school. The presentation went smoothly and there were lots of emotions running through after all my classmates presented their projects yesterday as well.
For me I was really glad that this is all over. Looking back, time really flies. Two years come and gone. I am happy to have walked this journey and to reach my destination after all this time. And I did not walk alone. My classmates were there with me along for the ride. My classmates were we have become good friends, despite not seeing each other on a daily basis. Now that we have all reached the end, I can safely say that there is a tinge of sadness to say goodbye.
Of course, we will still see each other during the convocation sometime in June next year. But after that, we will go our own separate ways, our time spent together during classes are no more.
For now, I just want to indulge myself during the weekend. Binge on Netflix, catch up on the shows that I have always wanted to watch, trim down my ‘to watch’ list on Netflix. I also want to catch up on my reading. There are far too many books in my list to clear and it will definitely take time to clear them all. But now that I have time, no doubt I will devour most of them before the year is up and hopefully meet my reading target that I have set up on Goodreads.
And travel. Yes, travel and see the world. Yogjakarta in December, New York City in March, Morocco in April. Who know where I will travel next in the second half of 2019.
I am going to fully enjoy my weekends. My first weekend without having to worry about school work, outstanding video lectures, writing assignments, deadlines and time spent doing research for my assignments.
This weekend will be me and either the TV or the books.
That is what I am going to do.