“I always thought you were going to do Political Science.”
So it seemed, to many around me. (It must have been my acute interest in the 2008 US presidential elections.) It’s clear by now that I’m opting for Sociology. Yet the truth is, Political Science had never once been my first choice, though it was a reliable alternative.
Once I outgrew common misconceptions of Psychology – studying it academically is very different – Sociology took the top spot, first tentatively, then permanently. Political Science, probably a minor.
No longer, after my Political Science exposure module.
I view my life in 6-month increments. 1st half, 2nd half. I find it a useful medium-term outlook, to make plans and work on them. Maybe it’s the conditioning of a dozen years of school. Perhaps it speaks to the larger constraints of working society. Nonetheless, I find it functional and that alone matters.
It’s been over 6 months since I completed 2 years of NS. If you are still serving, I’m sure you are either looking at your ORD countdown timer, or trying hard not to. I haven’t asked my peers or seniors, but over the course of my 1st semester in NUS, NS keeps returning to my attention. Before I proceed, I should make this clear: I was no warrior. I was a duck. Continue reading