The fifth semester has finally ended as I sat for my last paper, Language Disorders . In many ways, I am extremely glad to bid goodbye to the fifth semester because it has been horrible in many ways . In fact, horrible is an understatement and I would not do anything to go back to my fifth semester . During the whole semester, I find myself feeling unmotivated, extremely lazy that I would not say that I WENT to class but I would say that I CRAWLED to class because that is how I feel every single morning without fail .
I started off my semester by checking in into 6th Residential College – the five star hostel in University of Malaya. I am very grateful to have a spot in 6th Residential College despite it being a clinical students’ hostel. Staying in 6th Residential College has been good so far because it has been peaceful without any dramas or people nosing around your personal business . I used to be a resident of 7th Residential College and I can clearly tell you that it feels different to be a 6th and 7th resident.
In 7th, it is warm and homey because of the friends that I have but miserable because of the state of the rooms, corridors and well, I guess everything about it. In 6th, it is peaceful and lovely in a way because of the full privacy and personal space but in many ways, empty because there are basically no friends. As Melissa puts it:
6th di tangan, 7th di hati .
And that is exactly how I feel. Being in 6th made me feel like a person who has just migrated from a third world country to a first world country and honestly I did think about reapplying to 7th for the convenience but after further thinking, I would prefer to stay in 6th for now because of the lovely environment and privacy.
Kuan Ren, Sam and Mel at KPS.
Mel and I met Kuan Ren at the beginning of the semester. We kinda concluded that people who left 7th Residential College to another residential college eventually have some improvement .
During my stay in 6th Residential College, I went for Jamuan Hari Raya which turns up to have lotsa good food unexpectedly. Although at the beginning of the talk I felt miserable because I met this friend of mine but towards the end, I realized that the coincidental meeting with him actually made me feel better – because it reminded me of the firm decision that I have made back then =).
One of my shoes that has served me loyally and brought me no blister at all!
Somewhere at the beginning of the semester, one of my favourite pair of shoes died on me at the most ungodly hour at night while walking back . There is no cab to be seen at all when there are usually plenty [Sounds familiar yet? ] that I have to actually give Carmen a call. So yea, Carmen was my rescuer of the day! Thank you very, very much Carmen! I appreciate it a lot!
KLCC park : ).
I went for a walk alone at KLCC during one of the days where I felt like I need to take a walk and be alone to clear my mind. There was a day where I met this friend of mine who is now studying in the same university as I am but I shall not disclose his name here. I met him and I don’t quite know how to react but since he smiled at me, I returned the smile. This friend and I are in a complicated friendship or at least I do think so. The meeting turned awkward and cold after the common questions [How are you? What are you doing here?] have been answered. I decided to walk away but he asked in the moment of awkwardness:
Can we talk?
To this friend, thank you for sitting down with me on one of the stairs step by the lake and for dinner at Chili’s with the my favourite view that is facing the lake [Thank you for remembering it by the way! 😉 ]. Although I still think that we are in a complicated friendship where nothing can be talked about anymore, I appreciate your effort and courage.
You pull my chair out and help me in. And you don’t know how nice that is. But I do.
-Begin Again by Taylor Swift-
Having my favourite Chatime drink during depressive days are good to keep me happy for a day. Until now I still shudder whenever I think about the fifth semester. What makes it horrible and depressive? Well I guess it is the subjects and I don’t find meaning in going to classes for the entire semester but as usual, I still turn up because that is the way it should be ._. .
Mel and I!
Throughout the whole semester, I went out for lesser outings because I have been really busy. This semester, although I hardly have time to breathe due to personal and official work. In a way, I am glad because I managed to multitask.
Mun Yoke and I at Suchan for our afternoon tea <3.
Mun Yoke and I went for an unexpected afternoon tea at Suchan to spend time and catch up with each other . As I move on to my final year in university, I realized that most people whom I know do not want their university life to end because they do not know what they want to do after their degree life. The confusion of pursuing further studies or stepping into the workforce has became a topic among the final year students [I guess this is a norm] and as for me, I have already made my decision a long time ago and I hope to stick to it for now.
UM Convocation vegetarian food stall lunch.
As usual, I am still a supporter of the vegetarian food stall during UM Convocation and the food quality is not as good as I first tasted it in my freshman year. Well I guess nothing stays the same then.
And when in doubt, seek for good food so that even if you are to die while doing assignments/studying for test, you will probably die with a full stomach and have no regrets [This is probably another ajaran sesat from me ].
An ice-cream stall was opened near 7th College and it is such a good dessert after lunch especially when the weather is burning hot. Apart from that, I also found a fruit stall nearby [Praise the good Lord!] and this is good because fruits in campus are like gold to me. Guess what, right after I found my ice-cream and fruit stall, the ice-cream stall decided that it will only be opened in the evening and not afternoon and my favourite fruits started running out if I arrive later by an hour. This is a sign .
Mel still surviving on the way to the Faculty of Medicine!
Mel and I walked to the Faculty of Medicine library just to borrow a book for this particular course is really suicidal [Until today, I cannot remember what I learnt from it apart from remembering the word WORLDVIEW and good thing is, I cannot even remember what it is about now]. But I guess, the sacrifices of walking and going through the hooha of getting the book was all worth it after getting my exam result.
Mel and I in TV Room.
In this semester, I was made to attend a teleconference every two weeks and it bores me to no end. Well, I tried to take some interest in it and it bores me to death. Well, in a way too I enjoyed the conference because I can sit and stare into the blank space until I fell asleep with my eyes closed.
And of course, no semester is complete without a visit to the Student Health Clinic. Why ah? Because you have already paid for it so it is always good to accompany your sick friend and pretend to be sick too so that you can get some vitamin C and make your money worth it even by 1% [This is another ajaran sesat].
The birthday girl and I!
Carmen, Mel and I celebrated Mun Yoke’s birthday at Secret Recipe. We did not really catch up and I do hope that she enjoyed her birthday thoroughly that year!
Wei Shen and I during PTUM Cultural Night.
I attended PTUM Cultural Night for the second time in my university life and this time around, I think I enjoyed the performance more than I do last year. Why ah? I guess it is the company and I came with an open heart .
Santa Claus pens!
Monica gave Mel and I a pen each. I love it to bits because it is really adorable plus the ink flows smoothly. Thank you so much Monica! I truly appreciate it!
Edna and I during MPIS 2012/2013.
For the very first time, I attended a different residential college annual dinner and well, it felt different because nothing is the same. New friends were made and the true colours of this particular friend was shining brightly throughout the night. It was all a good drama and I enjoyed it thoroughly for now .
Nadiah, Lilian and I at Conference Hall!
Nadiah and Lilian finally came back from their exchange programme and we will be seeing each other soon! Well I guess the class will be full once again in the upcoming semester =).
Souvenirs from Korea!
Nadiah gave me an ornamental hairpin bookmark and a bottle of pink nail polish [No wonder you asked me about my favourite colour!] as souvenirs from Korea! I felt so excited that the bookmark was a butterfly one as I am always trying to kidnap Nadiah’s butterfly hairpin! This is not gonna keep me away from your hairpin Nadiah! Nevertheless, thank you so much for the gifts!
Mel and I after our last paper! Can you see our happiness!
When final exam ended, I knew that it spells temporary freedom and I don’t even care about how my results would be anymore because who cares about it when your best friend is coming back for a holiday all the way from India .
As I have mentioned, the fifth semester has been way too horrible but all in all, I am done with it. Thank you Lord for staying with me throughout this whole semester. To Melissa, thank you for staying by each other throughout the stormy semester which seems to be thunderstorm every single millisecond and yes, we made it through the fifth semester!!! To Ee Jane, Nano, Wei Hong and Shuen Yu, thank you for the help and support during exam week!
As of now, I officially bid semester 5 a big fat goodbye the moment my exam results were released and now, it is time to enjoy the final week of holidays before I embark a new journey into the sixth semester!