I can remember when it happened. On that miserable, grey evening, I was furiously trying to cram in the past month’s content for the mid-semester test on the Wednesday. As I listened to the lectures at twice the speed and my eyes flickered down every two seconds at the words in my textbook, I cursed myself. Why didn’t I study this earlier? I mean, I had had plenty of time between classes and after university to do so. But of course, me being the lazy being I am, had decided to procrastinate. I needed to do something about that. Hadn’t I learnt from my multiple previous experiences that avoiding things was never the answer?

So whilst I was sitting there, reading away, I hear the sounds of a comforting whirl stop. I stop. Look up. And then it sits. My heating system. It stares back, silent. Worst of all, it’s not working. It takes a few seconds for me to realize, but I’m pretty sure at this point, my heater is broken. And that’s when the fear sets in. How am I meant to work with no heat?

When it comes to the cold, I am the worst at dealing with it. I can’t concentrate, I can’t sleep, I can’t even function. So I was in desperate need of a quick solution. Sure I had a tiny portable heater packed away but that barely did the trick and extra clothes were simple not enough. Melbourne weather is unforgiving. Anyone who has been living in this city for a few years can tell you that. Whilst you may think it’s summer, there’s always a chance the next day could be storms and thunder and vice versa. After doing some research, I found out that I could get the option of having an air conditioner and a heater. It would be perfect for the ever changing temperatures in the city. This is Melbourne, after all.

So I contacted a few companies about split system installation from Melbourne and its suburbs. I got the quotes and was able to get the installation only a few days later. I was so grateful to finally have a stable temperature in the house. You could not believe the torment I had to endure in the weeks without a heater. Unfortunately, this means that I have no reason not to do work. Here’s hoping that I’ll be able to complete assignments without only finishing them a few minutes before the deadline.