First week of university…what an amazing week

Hey guys;

So, the first week of university term has ended, and all I can say is, it’s been an amazing, enjoyable and fabulous week!

The week kicks off with the welcome activity on Sunday for all students of the class 588. The Sunday’s activity was itself already very good, with lots of games and even pizzas for lunch! For the games…well, there were just too many to name, and they’re strangely-named in Thai so it’s not possible to give an English name, or to even write out the Thai names…

At first, I thought it would be a one-off event that only lasts for a day, but I was wrong! Monday September 14th looked like a normal day where classes start, and speaking of classes…they’re not too hard yet. In fact I already knew that this term’s going to be rather relaxing, except for Maths as both English and Ecosystems classes aren’t too hard but Maths is a different story but given that the class lasts for 12 weeks and only 2 quizzes, there’s certainly more time to revise and fix my problems to maximize my grade and to hopefully pass this time.

As mentioned, Monday 14 September looked very much like a normal day but then, when the clocks hit 16:00, or in my case immediately after I’m done with the swimming class, that’s where things start to change, when I was escorted back to the International College building. Wait, am I suppose to go back to my condo and wait for my dad? Well, here’s the surprise! The said welcome activity actually continues into Monday! In fact, the Monday activity confirmed to me that this welcome activity is going to be a big activity comprising many smaller activities and, to my surprise, there will be a residential trip to conclude this welcome activity next week from 26 September to 27 September!

The Monday activity was pretty much like Sunday, though with a different games and there’s a rather simple dinner instead of a pizza, but it’s alright nonetheless. I was a bit tired after the activity, from all those singing and dancing…what would a welcome activity be like without some singing and dancing?

Tuesday…was rather like Monday, except that I got only 1 class, which is Maths, and then I’m free all day. Wait, doesn’t that mean I can go back to my condo and sleep all day long until my dad returns from work in the evening? Well…guess what happens when the clocks hit 16:00…

…that’s right! Things took a rapid turn once the clocks hit 16:00 and when my new friends whom I’ve met after the Maths class saw the room number my group was assigned on the Line screen on my phone escorted me to the room. That’s when the carnival-like atmosphere returns…

Tuesday’s activity, once again, is like Monday’s, but with different games of course and a different meal for dinner. Once again, I was a bit tired after all those singing and dancing…

Wednesday was, again, like Monday but without a swimming class, and with an added twist…it rained in the morning, so in order to get to my college I have to ask someone from the ground floor of my condo to drop me at the tram platform! I think the weather is trying to make me fail my English class but…guess what, nothing can stop me from passing this class, not even the weather. Once again the day seemed like a normal day, until the hours hand on the clocks hit 16:00…

Once again, the activity was the same, though there’s a small misfortune when I lose on a sort of a people identification game and was made to dance in front of everyone else, but that’s really just a small piece of potato in a giant plate of food. Once again I was a bit tired from the singing and dancing…

Thursday…was like Tuesday with only Maths class, but things start to turn once the clocks strike 16:00, and…for once, the activity of yesterday will not be like previous days…

At first, everyone was in a room like previous days, but when the clocks hit 17:00, things changed completely. Everyone was escorted down to this huge, open area under the building, to meet with 14 other groups, and that’w where the activity starts.

The activity was similar in some ways to the activities of previous days, though this was carried out with like 300-400 people packed together in a single place and there was no dinner break. At one point, for unknown reasons, the bottom part of my shoes came off! I was like…WTH had happened? Lol…!

Even so, the activity still consists mainly of games but there were also more dancing and singing. I was pretty tired after all those dancing and singing in the heat…

That pretty much concludes the first week. Oh, I forgot to mention…the 578 class also provided free water and snacks, which is amazing!

Now, I’m really looking forward to next week and the residential, and I have no doubt next week and the residential are going to be fabulous and amazing. With all these activities combined, I can safely say that this welcome activity will be the best event of 2015, without question. I was happy that there were no trolls anywhere to be seen, and that’s because the hard line trolls have gone abroad. Had they joined MUIC, this welcome activity would not have been as good as it was now because I know the trolls would try to annoy me, or try to sabotage the activity, or…worse, the trolls could try to create disunity within the group by forming radical factions and would later annoy me with these factions.

Anyways, that’s it for now…

Summer holiday has drawn to a close

Hey guys;

So, after nearly 4 months (3 months excluding the Refresher Maths summer course in August), the long, boring summer holiday has finally drawn to a close. Monday is when the real university life begins, and for once, things will never be the same again. Classes start at 08:00, but can finish as late as 17:50, particularly for some PE classes. I’m looking forward to Sunday for the welcome activities organized by Student Association members, which I will count as one event to be recorded, and this may potentially be the best event of 2015, but of course residential trips can still take place and they will immediately take over as the best event of 2015 regardless of Sunday’s event.

Also, after registering my classes, turns out I’m free on Fridays, which means…I can attend STA Halloween Carnival 2015! Though as it’s still in the mid term exams period, I have to see whether I got any late exams on that day, E.G the ones that start at like 14:00 or 15:00 and I won’t finish until like 2-3 hours later. That will be the only thing preventing me from attending this carnival. But since I only take 3 subjects that do have real exams, the chance that I will have exams that will stop me from attending the carnival is not that high. If I’m free on the day of the carnival (no exams), I might be able to prepare my costumes. But if I do have exams on that day, like in the morning or early afternoon, then I may have to go into the carnival in my university clothes as there won’t be enough time to prepare for any Halloween costumes, but from what I read on the official event page on Facebook, this year looks like it’s going to be a very fun carnival.

Also, from attending the orientation and Freshment sessions since Wednesday, I’ve learned that there’ll be foreign students on the exchange program coming to study at MUIC…that means a great opportunity to make new friends, and even without these students, I already have a number of new friends and in turn increases the chance that I will get to hang out with them on weekends or even on holidays, after the final exams in December, which is a very real possibility, given by the fact that most university students love doing that right after the final exams. Though not a tradition, I will count that trip as a genuine trip with my friends as it’s not organized by any professors or university staff, and it’s not a fixed university tradition.

Anyway, that’s it for now…