And, a brand new chapter unfolds...
I AM FINALLY STARTING SCHOOL TOMORROW!I remember finishing up my last written paper in Temasek Poly. I flew off to Hong Kong right next day with half of my Year 1 clique. We had the time of our lives there, so fun I wished we could extend our stay there. The rest of my holidays were also spent on well deserved travel trips. I spent 9 days in Taiwan with just my girlfriends, went to Hong Kong again and even half a month touring East USA with my family. Besides HK which I've been many times, East USA was like a childhood dream come true and Taiwan was like a once in your life must-go country! Sorry I havent blogged about them yet :/ Besides traveling, I was busy handing over TP BSC stuffs at the initial part of my holidays and then I did event jobs here and there. Also I managed to strike off afew food places from my to-try list and met up with friends 1 to 1.
Before I knew it, it was the unofficial start to university life already!
Summer camps and more... (Read about it in my separate photo-heavy posts here) And so, after 5 and a half months of official happening holidays, I'm finally resuming my status as a student. Only that, this time round, I'm at the last stage of school, also known as University. It is like an educational end point for every student in Singapore, and likewise, I have always aimed to get into a local university. However, as i grew older, I never thought I would really enter one, especially after I had chosen the poly route. But, thank god, I made it! My calendar for the past 2 months were filled with SMU summer camps where I had a glimpse into my school life and the people there.
I had no problem adapting to Uni culture and interacting with people there but my personal conclusion is that there are really quite a lot of differences between people from poly like myself and the majority of them, from junior collages.
For one, Mentality! Look, the girls are younger than me by a year. Ok maybe months, because I'm a December baby, but honestly age isn't the point, their mentality is. No doubt, they are book smart but for some, not very street smart... When I see them, it feels like I'm seeing myself when I first stepped into poly. And u see, that's the problem, because I have graduated from poly already. So when I interact with them, I feel like they are my freshies and I'm a graduate, but fact is we are all freshies. Ohwells, but I'm fine with that. I was once like them too! As for the guys, there are two extremes. Some the super gentlemen ones and some you question whether they have even entered army before! Yes, that big contrast! -.- I'm just glad that I can clique the best with my FTB mates, really thank god for them.
For two, First Impressions! For those who know me beforehand, and back in poly, I was always the good girl with flower who had good grades and super active in school activities. Basically the all-rounder, plus I am definitely not someone my friends would call clubber, drinker, etc. But low and behold, come university, we played first impressions and I turned out to be the exact opposite. I had impressions like Ah Lian, Clubber, Street-Smart, Drinker, etc. Shock of my life, I swear! If my poly friends hear of this, they will totally laugh their heads off. Can you imagine the difference?! I'm such a decent girl hahaha. But that's just first impressions and it was quite an amazing experience for me. It made me think... I'm just being myself. Maybe, the JC kids are just not used to interacting with poly kids. Like brown gold hair was normal in poly, people even had pink red green hair! To the JC kids, black was always the norm. Luckily, I met friends who don't judge me and getting to know me better, they know who I really am. Anyways, I've dyed my hair back to a darker shade of brown!
For three, their intellectual abilities! Whoa, these kids are really smart asses. No joke! I may be tops in polytechnic, but that's because it's business related. Come to general knowledge, I admit I don't know much. They win hands down for sure, I'm impressed by them! I'm kinda ashamed of myself for not knowing but ohwells, I hope I can survive these 4years of school being surrounded by kids from top notch junior collages! *prays*/*chants* Anyways, other than that, all's alright and going fine. Am still loving my school life and am quite excited for school to start.
Like it or not, these people around me will become my classmates or even project group mates so I just got to live with it. The key is to ADAPT. Love God, Love thy people around you University to me is gonna be a place i wanna make a difference in both my life and in those of whom I meet. Make friends, do my best to get decently good grades and enjoy the next 4years. I have a list of goals I want to achieve in SMU - to go on exchanges, attend summer school, start a CCA, plan my own OCSP and the list goes on... Dare to dream, Aim to achieve. I don't know how to do so but with faith as small as a mustard seed, I believe I can do it.
And, I know everything's only possible through God and God alone. Amen.