My name is Rachel Tan Hui Xin, born in May 2002 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I am a post-SPM student awaiting results, aiming for a career in healthcare. My interests are writing, playing the piano, listening to music, and reading interesting articles.
I walked every day to kindergarten, where I met my first friend in a toy house. Then my parents drove me to Kuen Cheng 2 Primary School, where sunlight glinted off the whitewashed walls and I decided the world was too big. Then my parents dropped me off at Catholic High School, Petaling Jaya, where you could find kittens, squirrels, bats, and birds with vibrant-coloured feathers…. and some thousand teenage humans.
I worked as a sales promoter throughout December 2019 and January 2020 during the wait for my SPM results, and it was a charged experience. Then I joined a hospital as a Patient Care Assistant in February and March 2020. Halfway through, the Covid 19 crisis hit, and before I knew it I was thrown onto the frontlines.
My favourite colours are cyan and lilac. I like wanton mee, carrot milk, ABC soup, and anything homecooked. I like fairy lights and flowy skirts. I enjoy defining things in my own unexpected ways. I like contemplating the meaning behind human behaviour and certain occurrences. I crave new experiences.
I know I am capable of becoming a good doctor not because I am the best at science, but because care, love and smiles between and from humans make hard work worth it for me. I want to give my patients the emotional support they need on top of allopathic and physiological treatment.
I am either black or white, never grey. I enjoy basketball, badminton and adrenaline-rush mobile games; but I also like making thread bracelets and wearing flowers in my hair. I can be very positive, then feel like giving up the next instant; I can be childish one moment, matured the next; but I am grateful to my childishness for my unrestricted experiences, and my maturity the capacity to reflect on these experiences, interpret them, and share them with you.
I feel happy giving people what I wish for but cannot have, and I love the sound and smell of rain.