It’s been 4 yeas in the making, and finally I get to officially say that I am ORDing. After disrupting from NS to continue my studies in NTU, I haven’t gone back to serve my remaining 40 or so days of NS during that four year period on summer break. Not until I completed my entire studies did I actually went back and serve.
I cant believe that another year has passed by in a flash. I have been so busy in the second half the year that everything seems a blur. I feel like its only yesterday that I just ended my last semester, going on a vacation to Turkey, going through FOC and then starting a new semester all over again.
Today, I officially graduated from NYP!!!!!! [And of all days, I aint feeling well today 😦 ]
Three years in the making, its been an incredible journey in the School of Chemical and Life Sciences, taking a course in Molecular Biotechnology.
The graduation is the first day of a few days of graduation ceremonies, and the coursemates graduated together with the school of Design as well. As my best friend, Aaron, was there too, we were kinda ecstatic! Hell i think everyone who were present during the graduation were kinda happy and cheery after the whole ceremony was over.
One of the reason has got to be seeing most of our classmates again months after school ended. It was kinda weird at first, seeing familiar faces. But soon the awkwardness was quickly replaced by joyous smiles as we were reunited again. I feel kinda dissapointed at those who did not attend though. Id really wish for all my classmates to be present and see them for just one more time. But i totally understand they reluctance.
A number of us do not wish to attend because of the renting of the graduation gown. The gown like the gown seen in university graduation was a must wear formal attire during this year’s graduation. It would be a tradition for NYP from this year onwards for all student graduating to rent the gown to attend the graduation ceremony. Some of us think that it was a hassle and a waste of money to go through these means just to be able to attend the ceremony.
But in the end, it really be helped but fortunately there was a sizeable number of us who attended and it was really great to see them again.
After the ceremony we started taking pictures here and there around the school, while at the same time had our refreshments.
Ill be posting pictures soon after i got more of them from my friends and from my own camera. Stay tuned!
On a more personal note, where would i be heading from here on?
Well, after going through my NS, ill be heading to NTU (which i have secured my place there) and take up a degree in biological sciences. Its a 4 year course. Pretty lenghty, but its the fourth year is a direct admission to Honors. So i cant really complain if i can have a chance to better my prosper for my future career. So far, im pretty convinced that i would be staying in this field and hopefully it would be fulfilling, doing research and stuff.
To tell you the truth, i cant really wait to head to NTU, but alas, i have to serve my NS. To be frank, i aint really keen in going through NS (im a sure a majority dont) but i usually look on the bright side of things. First, i think its a great way to toughen me up a little and maybe use this opportunity to get myself fit. Second, heading to NTU is the only thing that would keep me motivated in going through NS. You always look towards the light and aim for it.
Ive been talking about me going to NTU and how excited i am, but to set matters right, its not that im boasting or anything. To me, going to a local university, is my dream and my parents dream as well. As a single child fulfilling that dream for myself, and my family, the feeling is unexplainable. To work hard for my dream and theirs is not easy to begin with. Sure many have talent but my achievements on this is purely hard work and ive sacrificed quite alot to achieve it. Within the extended the family, (at least on my mum’s side) im one of the very few to be able to enter to a local university. So all in all im doing myself and my parents proud.
If one were to ask me 5 years ago, whether i could be able to make this far at least, i would have doubted myself. But ever since then, ive always dreamed about my future and whats it gonna be like, and so far, it was worked towards my favour. Im not the type of guy who writes goals on papers and swear by it to achieve it or die trying, but rather, my success would probably be because i believe in myself and my dreams.
People always said to believe in yourself, follow your dreams and your heart’s desires and you will succeed. Somehow i’m beginning to understand that and the big influence it can have on a person.
Ever since my “Great Setback” in secondary school, i realised what a sorry state i was back then. Soon i just look at myself in the mirror and asked: “Whats my future gonna be like?” That’s when i started to start having dreams of my own. Getting good results in O levels, going to the course i wanted, getting good grades are all part of my small little dreams that i had, that came true. In other words, ive charted myself to step on the correct stepping stones to reach my destination. Im truly grateful for having such a pretty clear goal and direction laid out infront of me.
With that being said, i guess NS would be a little detour in my life. Ive always been an optimist on most parts, trying to look on the brighter side of life and at the end of the day, just laugh it off. When youre faced with setbacks, how bad can it be? Just stand up, pick up the pieces and try again.
This morning, reached at the airport around 7.30am. Gad and her family was already there. So i reached second. A couple of my old friends were there as well to see me off. Thank you soo much!!
Shiming came later at aroud 8am. Boarding time was at 8.05am. So we were alittle late, but managed to catch the flight and sit together.
I must admit that when i entered the transit area, i was soo welled up in fear. Suddenly the feeling of uncertainty, the impossible task of going back was imminent. It was a surreal feeling. All along, when checking in, i constantly asked myself, whether im prepared for this, or whether this was what i wanted and whether ive made the correct decision.
* Right after this pic was taken, a small luggage fell off the transporter on the road. But it was immediately picked up by it. This was taken in McCafe, in the transit area*
But any whole how, i just managed to put aside and just walk without turning back.
We sat on the airplane, middle isle. So boring… 52D 52E and 52G. The plane is in a 2-4-2 arragement, but the plane was not full. 5 hour journey, first time flying without my parents.
It was a silent trip overall. i think we all knew of what was to come in the weeks ahead, and i think we were all contemplating on our fates in one way or another.
The inflight entertainment system were not bad. There were movies like Hoodwinked, Nacho Libre, Xmen 3, The Last Stand, Mission Impossible 3, Brokeback Mountain and many more. Gad watched Brokeback and Poseidon, while i watched hoodwinked, Over The Hedge and abit of Xmen 3.
So we reached the airport, went through customs without a hitch (thank god for that) and Mr Seah, my dad’s friend picked us up. The first thing he did was treat us to some light lunch, at Dome café as the plane served lunch pretty early. Oh by the way, i ate salmon on the plane. It was pretty good.
*Perth International Airport, 5 Hours later.*
After that, he drived us to the accommodation, Beatty Lodge. At first, there were some mixup to the room allocation but it was all settled pretty soon enough. The receptionist was friendly and coolly. Im sooo jealous of Gad’s room. She has a new TV, and a dvd player, with a full length mirror and a red cosy chair to boot!!
My room is pretty standard, a room with 2 beds, and furniture, a mirror symmetry, 2 study tables, 2 wardrobes, 2 mirrors and shelvings to place stuff. Our TV isn’t working, so I think we are getting a replacement soon enough.
My bed.. its very.. pinkish
As far as the facilities are concerned, the bathroom is shared. Its simple but adequate. Toilets are in one place, bathroom in the other. However, I must say, the layout of Beatty lodge is abit… weird. The kitchen are so so, there is a cafeteria, a pool, with places of hangout, a pool table, communal fridge on every floor, and laundry area. Im pretty skeptical about the laundry facilities though. They aren’t that good. Well we shall see.
So I guess that’s about it. I might not be able to blog everyday or have the time to upload pics. So pardon, if there aren’t any pics and rest assured that I have them in my computer. So be patient.