Summer course ended, final phase of holiday begins

Hey guys;

So, after a long, tiring month of August, the Maths summer course has finally drawn to a close, concluding with the final exam on August 29th. Overall, given the fact that I’m from an IB Maths Studies class, this summer course proved somewhat difficult especially as it’s also a non-calculator course. It’s during this month that I had the first taste of university life. With the real term down the road, this is really my last chance to enjoy the holiday and relax fully. Then there won’t be holidays like this again for the next 3 months, until at least December. Unlike the holidays back in my high school days, the next one will be as relaxing as this long summer holiday because there are no homeworks. This is simply because each subjects only lasts for a term and I have to choose subjects again when term 2 starts in January. This also implies that the level of details covered will also not be as much as during my high school years. In fact, most subjects I saw ware literally topics within a bigger subject I studied, for example ‘Tourism Geography’ is literally topic E of IB Geography paper 2, ‘Ecosystems and Natural Resources’ is literally a selection of topics covered in ESS, which I would expect to include ecological succession and zonation, biomes, food webs and food chains, ecological pyramids, biodiversity, food, water and energy resources, and perhaps even the carbon/nitrogen cycle, but exclude topics like global warming, conservation, pollution management and systems (open, close, isolated, equilibrium).

In addition, I did have time to make new friends, and by now I did have quite a number of friends, the bulk of which came from my Maths summer class. The best part is, there are no trolls yet, and there may not be any, as virtually all of the hard line trolls are out of Thailand, being scattered over thousands of kilometers. There are other non-hard line trolls and I knew one of them is coming to MUIC, I do not expect any new trolls campaigns for the time being. But…overall, the annoyances by the trolls will still be rated as the worst event of 2015, especially with the February 6th incident.

Now, as mentioned, the events I’m looking forward to is the welcome camp, which, according to one of my friend who came a term earlier than me, will include a residential trip, which, in most cases, will be rated as the best event of 2015. The only problem is that this trip will be organized entirely by the students, not by any teachers or college staff, and I wouldn’t expect any teachers or staff to be on the trip, which means that the plannings and organization of the trip may not be as well as for the trips I’ve went to. Another event of interest is the STA Halloween Carnival, which I would assume takes place by the end of October as with the previous years. Whether I can attend will entirely depend on my timetable, which I should hopefully know by the time the term starts, but I really hope I can attend the carnival. Also, there is still a possibility of another residential trip around December, for the reunion of STA class of 2015, if someone decided to organize one. If this is true and I can go, this will be the first time I went out with friends, officially (the welcome camp trip doesn’t count as it’s a college tradition, past residential trips and MUN conferences also doesn’t count as it’s organized by the school/part of a CAS activity). This would mean that my wish would finally be fulfilled, after wishing for it for 2 years.

Anyway, that’s it for now…

Hi

Hey guys;

Sorry for not posting for a while, there hasn’t been much going on throughout the holiday so far…

But…as August arrives, I had begun to realize that…changes in my life is setting in, and at a rather rapid pace as I found myself being forced to adapt to a somewhat college life, or rather, a kind of a preview of what a college life would be as the Maths summer course sets in. Now it’s 3 weeks into the course and with this week being the final week, I can say that I’ve adapted rather well, but I’m sure that more changes are underway as term 1 of my first year draws closer. It was only now that I begun to realize that…nothing will ever be the same again and that it is virtually no longer possible to reverse these changes unless if I go back in time, which is of course not possible.

Perhaps the most drastic change of all is that…I have to find new friends to hang out with, as…yeah, the class of 2015 from STA had been virtually broken up and everyone is now scattered across the vast lands of the Earth, and virtually everyone is at least thousands of kilometers away from me, in different time zones. There is a chance of reunion in December though, as one of my class of 2015 friend has told me not long ago, but with everyone at different universities and with their December holiday starting at different times it is hard to predict when the reunion will occur, and in what form; whether it will be a residential trip or just a whole-class reunion lunch/dinner in Bangkok or somewhere, and the question whether the whole class will be informed is another matter as…I doubt, not everyone uses Facebook, or at least, check Facebook that often.

Now, in terms of upcoming events…I’m looking forward to the MUIC welcome camp/event, which…depending on the event and who organized it could be fun. If it is a residential trip, that would be even better as I can then, hopefully, rate it as the best event of 2015, though I have to keep in mind that this trip will not be like the past residential trips as it’s not organized by teachers but purely by students and so the quality of accommodation may not be as nice, but I’m sure it won’t be as bad as the second phase of the Chiang Mai trip in March last year. Also there is a possibility that this may not be the only residential trip, if such trips will ever occur, as stated above the STA class of 2015 reunion may actually turn into a residential trip, which means that there would be 2 residential trips to consider for the position of the best event of 2015, though I can also do what I did last year, combining residential trips into a single event.

Anyway, that’s it for now…