Sunday, January 22, 2012

How’s college?

The first week of college at Taylor's, Subang has been an amalgamation of old experiences mingled with the fresh air of a new environment & new faces. A reader has bid hello, the door of the first toilet on the fourth floor has oh so politely asked me to 'go to hell', and my limbs have begged for mercy countless of times as I force them up the horrible four flights of stairs every morning for classes. But as soon as it came, it passed by in a flurry of introductions, new challenges, and a mess of assignments.

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The toughest challenge yet! Absolute silence? Really?

Then week two came.. AND WOOH PARTY IN THE HOUSE!

Okay, no.

Instead, there was a complete shift as I moved out of my room and into a hostel which is a mere 5 minutes away from the college. The infamous Subang traffic jam has left me late to school twice on the first week alone, which was not exactly the best impression to make on the new teachers who for some reason, insist on calling me Stephanie.. or worse, Stiffany. STIFF-any. (Oh, my condolences goes out to whoever had the poor fortune of being named that but really, is it that difficult to get my name right?)

Now that introductions have been made, to make this post easier for digestion, here’s bite-sized portions of my two weeks!

1. LAB

Back in high school, Paper 3 was comparatively a breeze. All we had to do was write lengthy procedures of infinite apparatus rinsing and that oh so famous line: “Repeat steps 1-5 by replacing this-and-that with so-and-so.”

In college however, we actually have to conduct these experiments on our own. A simple neutralization experiment can take hours when the burette & pipette you’re using has to be rinsed with distilled water over and over and over again.

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On the bright side, fancy labcoats and new friends make the process a lot less painful. Winking smile 

And those fancy copper wires?

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Who knew they were so malleable? Open-mouthed smile 

2. FATTIFY


With Chinese New Year around the corner, cheers of Gong Hei Fatt Choy is heard resonating in the air.

Sometimes, these sayings get taken a little too literally.

With the help of the Fattify app found in the AppStore…

We present to you:

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Gong Hei Fatt Choy indeed! Winking smile 

3. CLASS

College classes differ from high school for a few reasons.

For starters, we’re taking only six subjects in total, inclusive of Thinking Skills & Malaysian Studies which is an absolutely ginormous contrast to the eleven subjects I took back in KDU.

Secondly, despite it being only a few subjects taught a day, the amount of work that has to be done for each subject is practically triple the usual amount done in highschool. We definitely aren’t being spoonfed this time around.

And thirdly, there are only 3 girls in my class including myself in a class of roughly twenty-five. It goes without saying that the boys in class probably aren’t too happy about that. :P

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Which of course explains this photo.

4. CLUBS

Five.

That’s the maximum number of clubs I’m allowed to join at Taylor’s. Right now, I already have six on my plate. Oh God, please help me with my priorities. :(

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My motives for choosing each club is entirely different and I find it almost impossible to choose between them. But then again, I’m not exactly superwoman. How am I going to juggle A Levels and six clubs?

For now, I’ve narrowed them down to Christian Fellowship, WACKY (A charity club), Rotaract Club, Debate Club, TAYMUN, and Sky Adventure (some super cool adventure physical activity thing).

If I’m not mistaken, some of these clubs do have interviews and are rather selective of their members so there’s a likelihood that I won’t even have to make a choice. They’ll eliminate me before I can eliminate them. :(

But in the event that doesn’t happen.. any advice, dear readers?

5. FRIENDS

In the whole circus that is college, it’s important to not lose sight of high school companions.

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On Friday, a couple of us headed to Jade’s place for a little pre-CNY gathering. It wasn’t a big hullabaloo but with pleasant conversations amongst old friends and a long windy car ride with HILARIOUS Azri & Wu Ping, I had a great time.

Thanks for the invite, Jade! :)

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And that, folks, was my two weeks.

Not the most exciting & not exactly very entertaining, but it is a great start to a wonderful year ahead. Happy Chinese New Year, everyone! May the year of the dragon bring you prosperity and joy!

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13 comments:

  1. Should be a picture of Gyarados instead of Mushu there, if you want to be more accurate.

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    1. Gyarados isn't dragon type I think. :O

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    2. But that's scary.. And Mushu is cute!!

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    3. It looks like a dragon though!

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    4. well Dratini-Dragonair-Dragonite don't resemble oriental dragons and they don't associate with water exclusively, so... :closeenough

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    5. That's why Mushu wins!! He's an actual dragon! :D no debate!

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  2. This is a constructive comment that may be too short to get posted.

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    1. Can what!! I really wanna know what that red dot is lor. :/ so weird!! Lemme know if it happens next time!

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    2. I thought a red dot represents a period, not in the timeline nor punctuation sense.

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    3. Are you saying that Yu Kong is having his period.. And uh.. You fixed it? :O

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  3. You Jan sounds fun! :p Why you have so many boys in ONE class one!! WAITTT. You mean all 25 of you take the exact same subject combo!??! :O I'm confused. :O I thought you walk around like me!!!

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    1. Ohh I think ours is done way differently! Okay, so the whole 25 of us take same combo except for a few who drop certain subjects, then they don't show up for class. We do walk aroun and move but only to cater to the teachers & we move together as a class. Taylor's splits us into combos so I'm in Pre-Engineering. There are Pre Med classes and Pre law classes as well.

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