A year in UB-SIM. If I had to use one word to describe it, it would be delightful. There is no way to describe all the lovely occurrences I’ve had in that school, even though I might not have fully immersed myself in the “uni experience”. Ahhh, time flies, and what was meant as an unplanned stunt actually landed me right in NTU, where I am currently attending. Read on to find out how this happened.
It was the time when my brother received his A-level results. He was deciding which university to go to and was taking his time since he had another two years (due to NS) to choose where he wanted to go. It was during this period of time that I contemplated long and hard as to whether I should apply to a local university as well, just to try, y’know. No harm, right? So… I took the leap of faith. There are of course other personal reasons that compelled me to apply for a local university again, but if you would like to know about that do ask me personally!
It took me awhile to finally decide to reveal to my friends that I am transferring to NTU, and I would therefore not be in the same classes as them anymore. It was a difficult process for me personally because it meant that I had to deal with my own emotional turmoil, and my friends were mostly saddened by this piece of news. I did not expect it to be difficult at all, but my friends were the main reasons that I was so reluctant to leave. I eventually did drop all my modules for the summer semester and applied to be dropped out of school completely. As I did that, I promised myself that in this summer break, I must make as much time as possible for the people who matter most to me.
Indeed, that was what I tried to do – I went exercising weekly with my friend, worked more, found another job, visited my friends in SIM as often as I could and had meals with them. It was a fulfilling summer because I truly spent time on the things that mattered most to me.
Then August came and I was slightly daunted by the fact that school was going to start. Out of the blue, I received a text asking if I want to be part of NTU’s sports camp. I never signed up, but my friend asked if I wanted to be in and I had to be available for all 4 days and maybe a day before that. I hesitated a little because it was rather last minute and I had to clear a lot of things on my schedule but I went for it in the end. YAY. Thank you friend, for the rec 🙂 Truly an experience I would never forget; I made my first friends in NTU there, and even my first friend from my course was from sports camp, although we didn’t know each other from the camp itself.
It was hella fulfilling, and I seriously wouldn’t have had it any other way. Thank you SU24 for this wonderful wonderful memory that I know I will keep close to my heart 🙂
EXCITING EXCITING!! After sports camp came the post sports camp activities which was mega mega fun!!! It was during this period that I struggled with time management because I suck at it HAHAHA. Some of my friendships with people I saw a future with were strengthened, thank goodness, and it was also during this period of time that I saw who will take the extra step to initiate a meet up with me even though I was extremely busy with different things.
Thank you so much to friends, whether you’re from NTU or not, who bothered to ask for meet ups, who initiated conversations with me and who took the time to think of me – y’all are the best. I don’t know what I would do without you guys in my life. Thank you a million times, x
Now, I’m in a happy place. Is this the “uni experience” people speak about? I’m extremely thankful that I got the chance to be part of all these!! This was a very summarised version of what I felt and underwent in NTU so far though. If I had to describe whatever I have went through in NTU in a word, I would say… exhilarating. I have no idea how to express my gratitude to everyone who made it possible for me to have this wonderful experience, but I’m really super super appreciative!!!!!
Things definitely changed, as did my mentality when I applied for SIM vs now, but one thing I know for sure is that there was no compromising of the “uni experience” in SIM for me, it was only because I didn’t pursue the things that encompassed this phrase!! Do not ever, because of this post, think that SIM is boring or has no place for fun whatsoever. In fact, it’s the total opposite 🙂 Y’KNOW, as I’m typing this I’m really missing SIM – the warmth it brought me when I realised I was returning to school every single day to a small group of familiar faces, to people who I know will be my friends even when I don’t have time to get out of Pulau NTU to meet them, the people who make an effort to ensure I’m motivated. Even though I’ve left them, a piece of me will always, always stay in SIM, x
Stay tuned for part 4 of this crazy journey!!