by Raja Fazil Akhtar, CMU-Q 2015   30 Aug 2011
Orientation week, what every new freshmen looks forward too. The time when new friendships are made and old ones are strengthened.
Myself being an international freshmen, I practically knew no one and slowly during the weeks' progression i started to make new friends. All from different countries, backgrounds and cultures. Moving into a new country and set-up is not easy and requires time and patience. My freshmen orientation week was a lot like what i had imagined it to be, fun, entertaining and above all informative.
Seeing Education City for the first time left me speechless. The campus buildings were stunning, the dorms immaculate, and the people friendly. My entire Orientation team was helpful and had planned out really interesting and fun activities for the incoming freshmen.
The theme for the orientation was Pirates. The entire campus building was beautifully decorated and looked like a modern pirate ship. The entire freshmen student body were divided into 'ships'. Even the orientation team were dressed up as pirates, complete with eye-patches and one of them even had a peg leg. With the score of "Pirates of the Caribbean" playing in the background guaranteed that everyone was humming the music all week long.
The first event that the had organized was a scavenger hunt. Fitting as we were all supposed to be pirates, so kudos to the orientation team. The scavenger hunt was helpful in learning the different parts of the buildings as the clues were of different departments inside the campus.
On the second day we had 'team building' sessions, in which all the members of the 'ships' would sit down and get to know their crew. This exercise turned out to be a lot of fun and we got to meet new people. We even got down on all fours, put our thinking caps on and designed and painted our individual teams flags. It was messy but when everyone got together to make the flag, it was amazing. Working in a team and coordinating between each team member was a lot of fun.
The following day we were involved in a 'balloon activity'. This activity was by far the most thrilling and entertaining. We were told to make a balloon tower. Everyone started blowing balloons and then the inevitable had to happen. Balloons started bursting, the first time it happened all the girls started screaming, but after some time everyone got used to the sound and it was a lot of fun. When we were finished the fun began, when everyone started bursting the balloons.
The final day of orientation; everything good has to come to an end. On the last day we got to paint ceramic tiles, painting but this wasn't as messy as some people made it. This too was a lot of fun but difficult as painting on tiles is not as easy or neat due to the lack of space.
To end it all off their was a Surprise. Nobody except the HOC’s (Head Orientation Counselors) knew about the location of the surprise. Even after constantly badgering the entire Orientation staff nobody told us were we were going too. This hyped up the already excited group of 120 Tartans. So we all sat on the bus like little children, waiting anxiously to find out where the bus was taking us. We were all shocked when the bus pulled up next to the entrance of the Four Seasons. Everyone was speech-less, in awe as to where the university had taken us for Iftari/Dinner.
That concluded my week long, fun, tiring and sometimes exhausting freshmen orientation. Now if only College was as much fun as the orientation was.........