MINDS or Minggu Induksi Siswa was what our orientation programme was called. It was held by our seniors as the facilitators for all the freshies including the 'direct entry' students. So this is what happened during the 4-day programme..
DAY 1 - 1/7/08
Mak Uda, Auntie Baby and I arrived at UMP around 10.00 am and headed straight to Block W where they held the registration process. It was a long and grueling one since there were about 1500 new students waiting to be registered. However, the seniors and facilitators were friendly, funny and very helpful. So, the process went on smoothly. After the registration we head to the hostel to take a first look at my new room. I was fortunate enough to get a room which is the nearest to the hostel entrance. At 5.00 pm we had our first briefing and were introduced to the facilitators.
DAY 2 - 2/7/08
We got up as early as 5.00 am and after washing up we went to the mosque for our Subuh prayer. There were more briefings that day. They explained about the library system, the faculties and whatnot. Admittedly, it was a bit boring but we didn't have any other choice than to sit and listen to the rigmarole.
DAY 3 - 3/7/08
This is the most exciting day as we get to go on a tour around the campus. The freshies were separated according to our faculties and our seniors led my group to the Chemical Engineering Lab. After a quick briefing, we were taken on a tour around the lab. It was very exciting to see all the enormous machines that we will be handling someday. The first machine we saw was a blender. Yes, a blender. Only this blender is a hundred times bigger than the one you have in your kitchen. It is a chemical mixing machine which is used to make things like shampoo and soap. I was surprised to know that there is a machine which they use to extract protein from worms to make into cosmetics (Yeah...I know. EEW!). The most interesting part is when we got to the bomb tester. Although, I didn't take a picture of that thingy. (sorry!) We were told that UMP is the only university in Malaysia that has the license to own and handle the bomb-testing machine. Our last stop before heading out of the lab is my favourite room which I called 'The CSI Lab'. Well, it's not exactly like the one in the CSI series but at least it looks like it. (you know how much I like being a forensic so pardon me for being overexcited..hehe..)
DAY 4 - 4/7/08
This was the last day of the MINDS programme. We got to loosen up and have fun during the workout session that afternoon. The Vice Chancellor closed the programme that night and at the afterparty it was our turn to get even with the facilitators. They did the 'sifir siput' which makes anyone look retarded doing it. Sorry dear facis but we couldn't stop laughing when you guys did the 'sifir siput'...
Thursday, July 10, 2008
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