Uber sorry for the lack of updates but I was away, trying to settle down in a new place. They call this place 'college of verdant uplands' or 'kolej dalam hutan' and some other odd names but otherwise, it's officially known as Kolej Yayasan UEM (KYUEM).
I'd always wanted to come here and when I was finally here, it took me awhile to absorb where I was and my surroundings. This place is a lot better than I imagined. They have top-class facilities, great environment to study in and there's a nice blend of lecturers here; 60% local and 40% expats. The people can be pretty intimidating as well. Around 40% to 50% of us are scholars from Bank Negara, Khazanah, UEM, Petronas, JPA etc. who are mostly aiming for Oxbridge universities, LSE and the likes. You can already imagine how tough the competition will be.
Our schedules here can be very packed with classes starting from 8.15am till 4.10pm with only 1 hour break for lunch/prayers. After that you're expected to be involved and participate in whatever sports or clubs that they have. I registered myself for Music Club, Debate Club as well as Tennis, for the sake of trying something new. Sometimes we have events or performances to prepare for so practices run at night 'till say, 11pm. Homework and revisions should be done before you put yourself to bed. Though, sometimes that's clearly not the case.
I find that KY students must not only have good time management skills but one has to be physically fit and mentally healthy to be able to keep up with its demanding lifestyle. A-level is tough as it is and coupled with stiff competition from the batchmates and an active co-curricular life, one has to really play one's cards well to survive here.
But despite all that, I do love being here. We had an induction week for about a week just to familiarize ourselves with the system and atmosphere. We were constantly reminded on how we should strive like a real fighter when we're here because the road ahead won't be easy. Along the way, we have to keep a strong bond with our mates because when we're away in the middle of nowhere like here, all that we have are ourselves and our friends.
Life here will be very busy but it's for the best. I'm joining the rat race of getting a spot into Oxbridge, LSE, Warwick etc. and let's see where it'll get me.
Ohh, and with all those sports facilities and activities that they have, I can already see a fitter and slimmer me at the end of my 2 years here.
Just you watch out for it. Hehehe ;)
KYUEM's green field. When I first walked along the hallway on the way to my chalet, I just had to stop for awhile and take a gander at the spacious green landscape in front of me. It was just breathtaking.
My room in the chalet. There are 4 people per chalet and everyone gets their own room. More privacy that way. Yay!
Aliaaaa. My best friend outside of KY and my bestest friend inside of KY. Funny how we both ended up here at the last minute but I think we're just fortunate to have one another in this new place.
Batch Anniversary. Newly arrived juniors were supposed to put up this gig as a gesture of appreciation and entertainment for our seniors. We partied all night long with dances, sketch and band-playing put on the table. Well, more like partied till umm 10pm? =p Classes tomorrow morning laaa.