This year has been very different and full of unexpected turns, to say the least. Amidst all the academic work, I wrote and staged an opera. I hurried to Hong Kong, while the pandemic was still beginning, for my grandmother’s funeral.
Thanks to you-know-what, my last term at Oxford was completely cancelled—the term for which, like many Oxford students, I had a bucket list planned. Now it’s all up in ashes.
This is all without mentioning the, quite honestly, history-defining changes that have been taking place in my home town, and the ripple effect that has ushered in a new cold war.
Within all of this, I submitted my dissertation and will soon be a Master of Philosophy in composition. So, no big deal.
There are many factors playing into this, but my most likely next destination from here will be developing my artistry within the UK, working with different ensembles and music lovers here.
I already miss Oxford already, so I am sure it will always have a special place in my heart.
Birmingham, August 2020