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I like to win.

Who doesn’t?

Winning is satisfying, be it a simple game of tic-tac-toe or a gold medal.

Amidst all the election updates and news today, I received something that brightened my day considerably. My first piece of good news today.

I won tickets to a special preview screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on 15th November in Birmingham. Anyone that knows me will know I’m a diehard Potterhead and a major fan of the Harry Potter franchise. It’s my first time winning a giveaway, I’m never usually this lucky. After I got over the initial excitement, I realised the screening was at a cinema far far away from Birmingham city centre. Getting there would involve a 25 minute bus ride from Warwick Uni, a 20 minute train journey to Birmingham and a 50 minute to 1 hour bus ride from the station to the cinema, not including walking and waiting time.

Is it worth it?

Yes. If I had the right person to go with. If I did not have to rely on public transport. If the screening was earlier in the day. If I did not have a morning class the next day. If I did not have an assignment submission the next day worth 50% of my module.

After careful consideration, I’ve decided not to attend the screening. I am actually quite upset about it. It also made me realise I’ve taken a number of things for granted. I know that if I were in Malaysia, I would definitely be going for the screening. I would have someone who would want to go to the screening as much as I want to. I wouldn’t have to rely on public transport. And who am I kidding? I would definitely go even if it was in the middle of exams and I have a submission the next day.

So I won, and then I lost. It’s not a great feeling. In my Behavioural Microeconomics class, I learnt a concept called loss aversion. Generally, people would rather avoid losses than acquire gains because we feel losses more deeply than gains. I feel worse right now because I gained the tickets and then ‘lost’ it. If I didn’t win the first place, I would not be feeling the loss associated with not being able to go to the event. It is an interesting concept and I could write a whole essay on the psychology of gains vs. losses–I really do love what I study, quantitative stuff aside.

And with that, I will leave you with an article, which I think is very relevant given current events.