A silver lining amid the stress of CMCO


Optimistic: Nieha will not let a virus or CMCO get her down.

JUST as I thought everything was finally about to settle down, Covid-19 came back like a boomerang. We’d already lost four months of physically going to school. Everyone thought we finally broke free from this dangerous virus but, oh, how wrong we were.

When the daily cases reduced to just two digits, I thought everything was going to be fine and I did not have to worry.

I figured I had time to revise and begin intensive studying in November. After all, we were informed that the SPM trial examination would only be held in November.

But to our horror, it was brought forward to Sept 28. Then it was delayed to Oct 19 before being brought forward again to Oct 5.

All these took a toll on my mental health as I was not prepared at all. Somehow, I pushed myself to maximise my studying time.

I was afraid and worried about my examination as there were rumours the results would be used for our university applications.Just as the examination was about to start, Covid-19 cases rose drastically and everyone started to worry. It did not bother me because I live in a less populated area.

“The virus will never spread all the way here,” I thought. I was wrong again.

The virus had somehow spread to my district and it came close to be classified as a red zone. Before I knew it, the conditional MCO (CMCO) was enforced in my entire state.

All of my classmates, including me, were shocked to the core. There were so much panicking and worrying.

Being an overthinker, I began worrying about my trial examination. Will we still be able to go to school and complete it? Will it be put on hold? Will it be cancelled?

Just the thought of having to endure two weeks of online lessons sent a shiver down my spine. All confusions were cleared when my teacher confirmed the examination will be postponed for two weeks.

Initially, I was so disheartened. I planned to begin intensive studying for the SPM after my trials.

Online lessons are also something I’m definitely not looking forward to. I had a hard time studying online as I get distracted easily.

I asked my mother what she thought about the CMCO and how it would affect Form 5 students. She told me that we have two whole weeks to prepare ourselves for SPM.

That was when I began to see the bright side of this sudden enforcement of CMCO.

I have plenty of time to study for my remaining trial examination such as Additional Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry. (We really got lucky this time). I can also use this time to revise all the chapters I find difficult.

Two weeks sound like a short time, but if used wisely, so much can be done. I also plan to ease my mind and relax as my schedule will be twice as hectic than it already is.

No matter how much stress and worry it has caused me, I’m not going to let Covid-19 bring me down.

Nieha Mitrallini, 17, from SMK Taman Desa, Rawang, Selangor, is a participant of the BRATs Young Journalist Programme run by The Star’s Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) team. For more information on Star-NiE’s BRATs programme, go to facebook.com/niebrats.

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