Transitions

Ok im back im back.

Its been a hefty 3 weeks or so. The transition from military life to civilian life aint an easy one, especially when a new phase of your life is just looming ahead of you. Yes thats right, its my start of a university life. Ive been waiting for a while now and im pretty excited about it. I mean i know its gonna be tough, challenges that ive never encountered before. Speed bumps in my life are gonna come my way sooner or later. But nonetheless im still going all out to make my 4 year experience a memorable one.

In the last days in NS, i had to handover all my tasks and appointment to my understudy. I had to say my goodbyes to a lot of people, some of which are very good friends indeed. Ill definitely miss them alot. Ill definitely in some ways miss the life there in Jurong Camp. I  hope the best in everyone over at that camp.

And within a week, BAM! School is about to start. I need to thank Joash and Jamie for msning me on the 4 of Aug, asking me which tutorial group im in. If not for that, i would have remained clueless and missed my chance in confirming my matriculation into NTU. 4 of Aug happened to be my last day in Camp and also the last day for the online matriculation submission in the NTU’s website. It would have completely missed the boat if not for those 2. Thank you!!

On the day of the freshmen ceremony, i met a number of familiar faces. Apart from Joash, Jamie, Shiming and Chiong Jin, Lizhen paid a visit, which was nice and a few others, current senior students in NTU who were once our Juniors in NYP! I was introduced to Shiming and Jamies orientation group and i must say they are a bunch of nice people. Really nice. The ceremony was great, the feeling of being reunited with Joash, Jamie and Shiming was ecstatic. We reminisce about the past in NYP and how life in NTU is a stark reminders to the good old past, which i still treasure thank you very much. Oh how i wish Eng Pau and hock, ben, cher, and dee could be in NTU as well. Life on campus would truly be a blast! It would be like going through Poly all over again. The stress, the projects, the assignments, mugging in the library, hanging out after school.

But one week till the start of the semester is too short for me. Im not truly prepared emotionally and mentally. The new academic system is a lot to handle and i was quite overwhelmed. But i think in getting the hang of it. The choosing of electives and adding and dropping of modules was confusing at first,  but i understood the sytem somehow already. Looking at the big picture, its kinda interesting to be given the freedom to craft your own timetable based on the modules your have registered. You are completely independent now. I like the feeling, but i have some trepidations about it as well. I still dont know alot of people among the 200 strong contingent taking the same course as me. And given the flexibility of the schedule, i doubt it would be like in poly anymore, where you go through stuff as a class all the way through from the 1st year to the 4th year. It would be a greater challenge for me in this area because of the number of friends i have to make in such a short time. But im sure ill figure it out.

Next week is the real thing. Life in university starts now. It has begun….

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