And with a heavy heart, I hereby declare TP Freshman Orientation 2014 over.
If you, like me, find yourself suddenly bursting into cheers and songs for no apparent reason, don’t despair. I believe we’re all suffering from Post Orientation Why-Is-It-Overrrrrr syndrome! Nothing some good old-fashioned sleep can’t cure. Luckily for us, Freshman Orientation wraps up with a Public Holiday so hooray! I know I’ll be sleeping the weekend away because of the exhaustion but I have that secret fear that I’ll be breaking out in cheers while my tired mind goes into sleep mode. Imagine my sister sleeping soundly only to be awoken by my sudden ‘TP OEI!”
The past two weeks have been nothing but an endless fiesta of sorts on campus. Everywhere I turned I was swarmed with a sea of vibrant colours while an endless orchestra of cheers and songs simultaneously invaded my eardrums!
Last week kicked off with the Freshmen Orientation Camp and Workshop organised by Temasek Poly Student Union (TPSU) and the Week of Welcome (WOW) Orientation organised for our international students. The Week Zero Orientation, the biggest of all orientations, commenced at the start of this week. Week Zero Orientation is school centered and is an opportunity for freshies from each school to come together and get a slice of the quintessential TP experience. Since then, TP has seen two whole weeks of non-stop cheering, dancing, singing and a never-ending slew of other activities which included wet games, morning PT, mass dance sessions, flag-making and that list goes on and on and onnnnnnnnnn!
From the first day, the Group Leaders (GLs) welcomed the freshies by cheering and singing their hearts and lungs out (yes, they started that early!) as they came through the school gates. Any semblance of personal space was ignored as they ran across the plaza like they were welcoming their long lost friends. But then again, I’m sure you will all agree with me that Week Zero created some of the best friendships you have ever experienced no?
I have to give an A+ to the Group Leaders for their boundless energy throughout the week. *Somebody hand them an award already!!*
Witnessing the events for the past two weeks, one thing was for sure. The verse, ‘Temasek’s me, Temasek’s You, We are a Team!’ from the TP Song could not ring more true!
Everywhere I turned groups of freshies and GLs were huddled together in cheer, intertwined in a mass dance step or posing for a selfie. Even the staff couldn’t resist joining in the fun as they gathered for the TP Song. The camaraderie that surrounded me was both uplifting and truly magnificent. There was no warmer welcome to the TP family than what I’d witnessed for the past fortnight.
Little did I know that whatever the last day had in store for me would blow me away beyond words. The grand finale of the Week Zero Freshmen Orientation is TP’s very own Regatta, held in our ‘backyard’ Bedok Reservoir.
Comprising of seven official races which include the freshmen, junior/seniors, alumni and staff categories, TP’s Regatta is a must-attend for everyone who is part of the TP family.
Cheers and songs filled the air from the get go and I don’t think there was ever a silent moment. The energy surrounding me was infectious as I found myself tapping my feet to the beat (okay, I would’ve cheered along if I knew all the words!). And then, the first whistle blew and I’m pretty sure I went deaf at some point after that!
The School of Engineering emerged Champions once again as they nabbed first place in four out of seven races! This year, the Most Spirited School and Best Cheer went to The School of Applied Sciences, a first for them. As the results of the winning teams were announced, I witnessed something that left me feeling prouder than ever to be part of Team Temasek. Even though all the six schools had to compete with one another during the Inter-School races, everyone who was present during the prize presentation ceremony cheered louder than they ever did throughout all the races for their ‘opponents’. In fact they even had cheers prepared for them!
“G-O-O-D, Good Job *clap clap* Good Job!”
See, I told you I know some of the cheers!
Soooo…….. to our dearest Freshmen, welcome to the TP Family. It’s a choice you will never regret. TEMASEK’S ME, TEMASEK’S YOU, WE ARE A TEAM!