The Big Jump

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February has come.
This is the month that I’ll have to make that big jump.

I don’t really understand what I feel. I guess I just feel everything all at once. On one hand, I feel excited and eager to finally start university and open up a new chapter of my life. On the other hand, I feel nervous and hesitant about how different life would be. On the third hand, I also feel quite calm. I guess it’s all about dealing with change. Major change.

If you have read my short profile introduction, you’ll know that I’m going to be heading to Australia. Although I have been there several times for vacations, I’ve never actually lived there before. Moving to a stranger’s place all alone really freaks me out at times. I don’t know what I’m going to find there. I don’t know what to expect. I don’t even know if I can adapt to the life style there.

Since young, I’ve been raised up in an international community and had many close friends from different parts of the world. If the past is any indication, then I should not have much problems settling into Sydney, a multi-cultured truly globalized place. Nevertheless, there’s still a space for fear and anxiety to hide deep within me. I guess it’s not something that’s meant to be rid of. I just have to deal with it.
As with everyone, there are lots to prepare for. Over the past few months, I’ve been busy dealing with my university on enrollment and registration issues. It was a pain. I didn’t think it was going to be such a pain. Oh well, I persevered through the whole process and have now fully enrolled in my units of study and paid my tuition fees.

In addition to school administration work, I still needed to make sure that I had all the resources I will need. Clothes, bags, toiletries, glasses, contacts, books, stationery, the list is potentially endless. The worst thing isn’t getting these resources; the worst thing is to pack everything into one seemingly tiny luggage bag. I guess I’ll have to compromise …

Lastly, there will be the other necessities to take care of. Passport, birth certificates, medical report, and the load. You have to make sure you’re updated with your paperwork and have taken all the latest vaccines. There’s just so much to do! Pre-university can be such a hassle but hopefully everything I do now will be worth it!

Wait…There’s one last thing that you do before university and that’s to say goodbye to close family and friends. I haven’t had to do this yet as I’m not leaving until 2 weeks. I guess the best way to deal with it is to spend more time with them while we’re still with them. Life will be different without them always by our side so… go appreciate them.

Hm… I guess that’s it for my post this month. Hopefully, university rocks!



Hello, my name is Shun Yang Ch'ng, though you can call me Yang for short - pronounced the same way as 'Young'. I am just another ordinary boy who is still trying to find my foothold on this world. Originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I received my International Baccalaureate Diploma from Suzhou, China in June 2011 and am planning to go to Australia for further studies next year. Over the course of the coming year, I will be posting many interesting story blogs and I hope you enjoy them. I think that is all for now, thanks!

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