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:
- School of Infocomm (SOI)
- School of Engineering (SEG)
- School of Management and Communication (SMC)
- School of Hospitality (SOH)
- School of Applied Sciences (SAS)
- School of Technology for the Arts (STA)
- 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