Raja Fazil Akhtar: CMUQ Freshmen Orientation

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.........




Raja Fazil Akhtar
CMU-Q 2015

by Raja Fazil Akhtar, CMU-Q 2015   Aug 30th, 2011
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Hisham , 7:08pm on Sep 8th, 2011
Well written!!
Mohammed , 2:28pm on Sep 6th, 2011
Hope you have an exciting 4 years :D
Fatima , 2:27pm on Sep 6th, 2011
Miss you :)
Ijaz , 2:25pm on Sep 6th, 2011
Sheryar , 2:23pm on Sep 6th, 2011
Cool bro :D
Katie , 2:22pm on Sep 6th, 2011
Loved it :D
Kate , 2:22pm on Sep 6th, 2011
Nice stuff. :)
Talal , 2:21pm on Sep 6th, 2011
Oye mujhae bhi iPad chaya hai. :)
Hammad , 2:20pm on Sep 6th, 2011
Good try.
Mustafa , 2:19pm on Sep 6th, 2011
Cha gae ho :)
ijaz , 2:15pm on Sep 6th, 2011
Jeeto. :p
Salman , 2:14pm on Sep 6th, 2011
Ali , 2:14pm on Sep 6th, 2011
Ahmad , 2:13pm on Sep 6th, 2011
you\\\'d better win :P
Hamza , 2:12pm on Sep 6th, 2011
Good stuff.
Omer , 2:11pm on Sep 6th, 2011
Well written.
Haider , 11:11am on Sep 6th, 2011
Glad you had fun.
Azariah , 11:10am on Sep 6th, 2011
Cha gae ho :)
Luke , 11:09am on Sep 6th, 2011
Jeetna ab. :P
Muhammad , 11:09am on Sep 6th, 2011
Hope this helps....
Sultan , 11:08am on Sep 6th, 2011
You better get that iPad.
Amjad , 11:07am on Sep 6th, 2011
Ab jeet jana :P
Yahya , 11:07am on Sep 6th, 2011
sounds like a fun orientation.
Hassaan , 11:06am on Sep 6th, 2011
Amazing stuff man....
Khan , 10:57am on Sep 6th, 2011
Abdullah , 10:56am on Sep 6th, 2011
good essay....
Shahrukh , 10:55am on Sep 6th, 2011
level hai CMU ka :)
Omar , 10:54am on Sep 6th, 2011
Sounds like a good place.
Homain , 10:54am on Sep 6th, 2011
Sir jee, level.
Ibrahim , 10:51am on Sep 6th, 2011
Hope you win.
Mansoor , 8:15pm on Sep 5th, 2011
Well written...
Harris , 8:14pm on Sep 5th, 2011
Nice one!!!
Shayan , 8:07pm on Sep 5th, 2011
Good Stuff.... :)
Mustafa , 8:06pm on Sep 5th, 2011
Excellent stuff!!!!!
Fazil , 8:04pm on Sep 5th, 2011
Thank you, everyone just keep on passing this around. Really appreciate it :D
Jazib , 8:04pm on Sep 5th, 2011
Cha gae ho :P
Yousafullah , 8:02pm on Sep 5th, 2011
Amazing work my friend!!!
Jamil , 8:01pm on Sep 5th, 2011
Hope this helps, good essay btw.
Arish , 8:00pm on Sep 5th, 2011
Good stuff.... :)
Ahmad Kazi , 8:00pm on Sep 5th, 2011
Level hai aap ka sir :)
Muhammad Mustafa , 10:20am on Sep 5th, 2011
That sounds like a lot of fun :D
Muhammad , 10:20am on Sep 5th, 2011
Jealous :P
Mian , 10:19am on Sep 5th, 2011
Amazing work man :D
Mustafa , 10:18am on Sep 5th, 2011
Well written..... :)
Ali , 10:18am on Sep 5th, 2011
AC zindabad :D
Harris , 10:16am on Sep 5th, 2011
Glad you enjoyed it :)
Nadeem , 8:20am on Sep 5th, 2011
Alex , 8:19am on Sep 5th, 2011
Ethan , 8:18am on Sep 5th, 2011
Well written.
Ryan , 8:17am on Sep 5th, 2011
Amazing :)
Hasan Zahid Chughtai , 11:01pm on Sep 4th, 2011
Great work man.Hope u win the competition!
Urwah , 11:39am on Sep 4th, 2011
Your orientation sounds like a lot of fun :)
Ali , 11:38am on Sep 4th, 2011
AC boie :P
Talha , 11:37am on Sep 4th, 2011
yaar bohat ala..
Sher-Ali , 11:37am on Sep 4th, 2011
Next level.
Ahmed , 11:36am on Sep 4th, 2011
Amazing.... :)
Abeer , 11:35am on Sep 4th, 2011
You\\\'d better win it :p
Saad , 11:33am on Sep 4th, 2011
Good stuff :)
Rafay , 11:31am on Sep 4th, 2011
Excellent man.....
zeeshan , 11:28am on Sep 4th, 2011
Good Job!
Hisham , 9:26pm on Sep 3rd, 2011
Well written!
Natasha , 9:23pm on Sep 3rd, 2011
Great essay\\\'s the best one and you totally deserve to win! Good luck!
Mohammed , 3:59pm on Sep 3rd, 2011
great job man you deserve it. :D
Omer , 2:53pm on Sep 3rd, 2011
Good Job! :D
Fawad Mehmood , 2:42pm on Sep 3rd, 2011
Good job Fazil! :)
rrpridem , 11:27pm on Sep 2nd, 2011
Psh, you\\\'d better win that Apple device!
Hussain Ali , 11:48pm on Sep 1st, 2011
Wish my orientation was just as much fun as this. Glad you enjoyed it :D
ramis akhtar , 11:12pm on Sep 1st, 2011
well written and well said
Feras , 6:34pm on Sep 1st, 2011
Loved it! keep it like that :D
saif kazi , 5:09pm on Sep 1st, 2011
good aritcle
Qasim Ahsan , 12:22pm on Sep 1st, 2011
This is the best blog post in the history of ever and has successfully changed my viewpoint in life.
Osman Javed Khan , 9:39am on Sep 1st, 2011
well written and see yo in december man :D
Alliya , 4:34am on Sep 1st, 2011
good job, child!
Navid Iqbal , 12:48am on Aug 31st, 2011
Well written. Hope you keep up this spirit throughout the year.
Sidra Ayub , 12:00am on Aug 31st, 2011
Fazil, you rock! I am so glad you had a fabulous time during orientation. :)
Rachael , 11:29pm on Aug 30th, 2011
I hope you have a great year!!
raja , 5:12pm on Aug 30th, 2011
Sounds fun and exciting have a great 4 years
Saniya Parvez , 5:09pm on Aug 30th, 2011
Very good.
Muhammad Aun , 4:37pm on Aug 30th, 2011
Good luck Fazil :D
Hassaan Ijaz , 4:21pm on Aug 30th, 2011
Great work man, really liked it..
Amal Alamri , 4:08pm on Aug 30th, 2011
Great article, really happy to know that u had a great times during orientation!!
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