Courage is one step ahead of fear

Oct 18, 2017

It's been a while since my last post and I don't know where to begin. Perhaps it's easier to give an update from where I left off. For the rest of July and August, I was busy doing my dissertation. After I handed in my dissertation, I went on a short break to Portugal with my friend Amy (I'll talk about this on another day). By the end of September, I finished my Master's degree and came back to Birmingham.

When I was doing my undergraduate degree, I never thought I will do further studies. During my final year, I had a change of heart. I was not ready to work. I didn't feel I have the skills or ability to do so. Besides, I didn't know what jobs to look for since I didn't have a particular interest. Then I decided I'll do a Master's degree to give myself more time, to improve my skills, and to find something I will enjoy doing.

I didn't know what to study for a Master's degree. Although I enjoyed studying biomedical science, I wanted more than being stuck in a lab. So, I went on a random university's website and looked at all their Master's degree courses to see what I can do. It didn't take me long to realise Masters of Public Health was my choice to study. I didn't think Imperial wouldn't accept me, but I applied since there's no harm in trying. In fact, they gave me an offer, and I was super happy!

Studying Masters of Public Health at Imperial has been one of the best decisions I made. I found something I'm interested in doing and I've learned so much during the past year. The journey hasn't been easy, but those challenges have made me stronger and confident as a person. If you're not sure what to do after university, I recommend doing a Master's degree on something you're interested in.

I'm on board for the graduate life and it feels weird (this post can explain). I'm definitely more ready to work compared to before. But the problem is the job searching part, which fellow graduates can relate. Like needing the experience to get a job, but needing a job to get the experience. The only thing I can do is to keep trying and be patient.

"Do what you love, at least a little bit. And if you have to do something else in order to support what you love, do it. … Do what you have to do to work on your passions; just don’t get stuck in the side job." James Franco

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