Having just had about 4 weeks of annual leave, I wish I could say that I had a pleasant holiday. However, aside from going to a foreign country that has a great big firewall *Cough* *China*, I have to say that it felt incredibly busy, almost as if I was working.
For starters, on return from my trip from China, I would have to sit a Chinese written exam. I suppose being in China helped somewhat with this by being exposed to the language, but what we get tested on is entirely based off a textbook, which I had to carry around and study in my spare time while at the hotel.
The next most annoying thing, was that I had somehow organized an oral assessment task for my paediatrics diploma for the 3rd of June, also a few days after I returned back home from China. So I ended up studying for that as well, staying up late at night in the hotel to study. It was only after 2 weeks into my trip to china that my assessor advised me that she couldn’t make the 3rd of June, so I was able to push it back to the 17th of June.
Another thing (the tasks just keep piling!), was that I had to do some research into the application process for next year’s GP practice intake. This involved lots of boring reading online about the steps needed, the rules and regulations etc… And I also needed to update my CV, and write a letter of application, not to mention thinking about interview questions and how to best answer them. So this too involved long late nights of work in the hotel as well.
So my holiday kind of went like this….
- Arrive in Guangzhou, China all exhausted
- Find hotel and place to stay
- Go to Guilin and Qingdao by train and plane respectively
- Study on the train and on the plane while going to destinations
- Start stressing out as date of chinese exam, paediatrics assessment task and GP application date starts approaching
- Big sigh of relief once assessor postpones oral assessment task
- Continue to study in hotel till late night anyway despite the above
After that, I came back home, having happy memories of my time spent studying in the hotels…….
Well, I still need to work on my applications for GP, which I shall hopefully submit tomorrow.