Those of you who have been following my blog since its birth know how much I enjoy studying in the UK. Although I have been critical of specific situations, I also have to admit I cannot find the same quality of learning elsewhere. However, things in my life have taken the wrong turn, and I have to momentarily study from Italy. I’ll try to keep this as short as possible, but I feel I have to explain why I won’t be going back to the UK in September.
I have been experiencing fever without symptoms for two years now. The only indicator that something was not right was the pain in my skin, muscles and bones, which faded away along with the fever after one or two weeks. I didn’t think much of it, blaming stress or a cold.
Earlier in April this year, I had to get tested for COVID-19. Some of my symptoms matched those of the illness, but the swab and blood tests came back negative even after months, i.e. I did not have the virus and I did not come in contact with it. So what was the deal?
Although I have not told you this, I had to start visiting a series of specialists, hoping I could find an answer. I had to run between hospitals and clinics, but I finally got some clues about what’s happening with my body. I won’t be sharing the results for now. We are still figuring out the extent of my condition, how to treat it and what caused it, but I decided I needed to come clean about why I won’t be going back to Southampton.
Why am I sharing this with you? The primary reason is my content might change. As I cannot talk about the experience studying abroad with a blended method-mostly on-line and partially in person-I must rethink the way I approach my articles.
Before you panic, I won’t turn this website into a constant update on my health, but I will target the challenges of studying from home and having to deal with serious personal problems. Most of us experience tough situations throughout our lives, so I think my circumstances might help others realise it’s possible to study and be successful while still being impaired by life’s trials.
As I receive more information about how my 2nd Year will be, I will keep you up to speed. I will focus on how my journey to be back to the UK will be, hoping I can resume in person learning from January onwards.
In the meantime, don’t worry too much about me. I’ll be the same Noemi as always, maybe just a little bit busier.