Caitlin Chiu
Class of 2022







I am Caitlin Chiu, a graduate of DGJS and a current student of a boarding school in Kent, UK. Recently, the coronavirus has been an increasing worry and an arising issue around the world which has brought a time of grief, uncertainty and stress to many.

The outbreak first broke out while I was studying in the UK. Back then, I didn't think much of it as I never thought that it was going to affect me. No one was prepared for the worst yet to come. In February, I was told that I was not going to be able to return to Hong Kong during the half term. Feeling quite bewildered and in awe of how serious the virus has become, it dawned on me the amount of damage it had already caused to Hong Kong and China. After the half term, things escalated quicker than anyone would've thought. The virus spread rapidly and maliciously to Europe, including the UK, and I was told that I was going to fly back to Hong Kong two weeks before the end of term.

Although this virus has caused me inconvenience, it has taught me precious life lessons. Firstly, I realised that preparation is crucial. Throughout life, you will be presented with various challenges and uncertain circumstances that you can't possibly prepare for. The virus is a perfect example of this. Who would have thought that this could affect so many people? Furthermore, as I have always loved animals and nature, I have learnt that I should put more effort into protecting them, as maybe next time, we could be seriously affected by a natural disaster, such as climate change. The powers of nature are way beyond our control. We should always prepare for the worst and do what is in our power to stop disasters from happening.

Secondly, I have learnt that life is very fragile. It is important that we treasure our loved ones when we are with them, as we will never know when we will lose them. Don't take any day for granted. I was so thankful and relieved when I finally arrived in Hong Kong and was reunited with my family. I felt that I was home and whenever I return home, I feel safe with my family beside me because we are stronger together. And here, I have to give my heartful thanks to the school team at my boarding school, who made a considerate decision to allow overseas girls to return home at the earliest possible date, allowing my family and I to be reunited during this difficult time.

My deepest sympathies go out to families who have lost their loved ones, and I pray for a speedy recovery for those who are battling the virus. Together, we will be strong, and we will win this battle. Below is the link to a song that I've written. I hope that this song 'Fighters' that I have written can provide support and encouragement to those in need.