By Koo Jian Hui, Class of 2020, LKCMedSoc Vice President for Welfare and from Wu Lien-Teh House
What is a home? It is a place where our family lives and grows together. CSB is our new home and with it, each House has found a little corner to call its own. The journey to make this space our own has been a long one, beginning back in 2015 when preliminary plans were made. Two years on, the rooms are finally complete.
At LKCMedicine, the House is our family and like any family we have our needs. Hungry students need to eat, tired students need to sleep and restless students need to play. The rooms will be a place where we can gather to do all this. At the end of a long day, we can look forward to meeting friends and relaxing together. Like the hearth of a home, the rooms will bring us warmth after a long day in the corridors of the hospital.
Medical students are no architects or interior designers and we relished this opportunity to branch out and try something new. It was no small task coordinating the opinions of many and translating these into actions, but at the end of the day we managed to pull it off. Inspiration came from the many show rooms we visited as well as the hours spent poring over catalogues. Hard work pays off and we are proud that the House Rooms are uniquely our own. In each Room, one wall is the colour of the House, and every piece of furniture makes it feel all the more homely.
While our House Room may serve the tangible function of hosting many of these encounters in our lives as LKCMedicine students, it more importantly acts as the common space in which indelible memories will be forged. It enriches our lives as medical students and allows a unique bond of friendship to be forged between each student that will last in the years to come.
Charles Dickens wrote in A Tale of Two Cities: “Never did the sun go down with a brighter glory on the corner in Soho, than one memorable evening when the Doctor and his daughter sat under the plane-tree together.” Indeed, this space that we share gives an additional sense of togetherness that we will hold in the days to come, as we marvel at the many sunsets we will see from CSB.