First Week of School

Ah, it’s finally over! The first week of school has finally ended! It was such a tiring week, but despite all of that, it was such a great week meeting new faces and getting to know everyone a little bit better. 


So we start the school week off on Monday, with my class that day being Effective Communication. I was pretty nervous because I didn’t really know anyone from my Secondary School that I was close to going to Republic Polytechnic as well. I did, however, bump into a friend on the bus to school, so that got me to calm down a little. Surprisingly, my class was at SOH instead of where my course was in (STA), so I got a little bit lost trying to look for my classroom. I did manage to get there on time, so thankfully I wasn’t penalised. I did see a few familiar faces in my Monday class, but we were put in groups by the Facilitator (Faci, for short). Having to do a presentation on the first day of school in front of complete strangers was definitely nerve-wrecking, but I felt comfortable enough that I wasn’t too panicky and anxious about it. In fact, it was definitely fun to see the class bond over a lesson. 


The next day (and for the rest of the week) I was back to my original class in the STA building. Today’s module was Drawing, and while that seems simple, it was like the most horrible deja vu I’ve ever experienced. I took Art in Secondary School, and I solemnly vowed never to draw for school purposes and grades-wise again. Yet, here I am. It was mentally challenging to try and revive whatever drawing skills I’ve learnt for the past 2 years, but I felt like I was starting from rock bottom once again. Despite all that, it was still fun just drawing without expectations and just practicing how to grip the pencil properly.


Here we reach the halfway point of the week, and here we have the hardest module of the semester— Visual Storytelling. You might be thinking,”Visual Storytelling?! That sounds like something you do at a kindergarten!” Well, my friends, you are horribly mistaken, just like how I was also horribly mistaken. This module was a Year 2 Semester 2 module, but due to some revisions in the Course Structure, they’ve pushed it forward to Year 1 Semester 1. It was really such a mind-boggling course; I really thought it was a module that had some Psychology-based structure to it. Again, even if the module was tiring, I still enjoyed the day with my classmates. However, some drama did occur, but I refuse to let it ruin my week.


For today’s module, it was Creative Concepts. We got shifted into new groups today and I got to work with a whole new group of people. I got a particular connection with one of my classmates and it was finally great to be able to relate to someone and get a good laugh out of everything you talk about. This day was definitely my favourite day because everything just felt so carefree. 


Last day of the week! We did Interactive Media & Content Development and again, it was such a fun class. By this point of the week, I was so tired I fell asleep doing research for our presentation. Thankfully, my teammates were pretty cool about it since I’ve done most of the work needed to be done anyway. To close out the day, I went home with the same friend I went to school with at the start of the week. We’ve basically become bus buddies and it honestly feels great to start and end the day with a friend on a long bus ride home.

All in all, the first week of school may have been full of lessons, but it was nonetheless a great time meeting new people and mingling with classmates. I’m an introvert, but so far school has gotten me stepping out of my comfort zone and into a playing field of getting to know others and putting myself out there for the rest to see. Sure, it’s only been a week, but this is already a better start than I could’ve asked for.

Here’s to the rest of the semester with the loveliest bunch of classmates! 


Freshmen Orientation 

Ahhh, what a time to be alive. So the past couple of days had been busy. I had my school’s Freshmen Orientation on the 12th and 13th of April and it was amazing. To be honest, I wasn’t even close to excited about Orientation. In fact, I wasn’t even planning to go. I didn’t know anyone who was in my Polytechnic, let alone my school or my course. The thought of being alone in such a foreign space terrified me. 

But I’m glad that I decided to muster up all my courage and go for the Orientation. The first day was pretty dry. We were all seperated into our designated schools. 

To avoid confusion, my Polytechnic is separated into 7 schools:

  1. School of Infocomm (SOI)
  2. School of Engineering (SEG)
  3. School of Management and Communication (SMC)
  4. School of Hospitality (SOH)
  5. School of Applied Sciences (SAS)
  6. School of Technology for the Arts (STA)
  7. School of Sports, Health and Leisure (SHL)

So now that that’s out of the way, my course is under STA, so that’s where I ended up. I, for once, do not have much school spirit. In fact, I think I had none. I never get excited for school events (I really dreaded them especially if they were compulsory), but STA changed me. I’ve never felt so much hype, so much bond between strangers. I knew I made the right choice coming to this Polytechnic, this school. There wasn’t a moment I hated— I loved everything.

On the first day, we were separated into 20 teams. I met so many people from my team, but only one person was in my course. Nevertheless, it was fun hanging out with new people. I did meet a fellow pinoy and we immediately clicked. We went on a discovery trail around school to get familiarised with the campus and also play a few games. It was honestly super fun and enjoyable just to have teamwork and camaraderie between my teammates and I even though we’re all strangers. 

On the second day of Orientation, we were split into our courses and then into our specific classes. That was one of the most terrifying things ever because I was suddenly snatched off my comfort zone with my team and put into another alien space. I did make a few conversations with my classmates for this semester, but I guess I haven’t really clicked with anyone. There is one person that I got to slightly connect with— another pinoy! Well, half-pinoy in this case. Though my class hasn’t got much time to bond, I believe we’ll be able to stick together like glue after a few weeks of school. 

After our class introduction, we went back to our teams. We did have a telematch between schools and I got chosen to play in one of the games. It was fun to get to represent STA against all the other schools and it was just full of energy from start to finish. Towards the end of the Orientation, we had this thing called ‘Jam & Hop’. This was basically clubbing, without the alcohol and more fun. We ended a little later than planned, but I bet you there were no regrets. 

School starts on the 17th of April, and I’ll be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. Freshmen Orientation was super fun and I’m glad it helped me get out of my comfort zone. I made friendships I know I’ll treasure throughout my Polytechnic life, and maybe even beyond. 

Jam & Hop

Here’s to more memories, friendships & good times!