The truth hadn’t really sunk in, even when Summer Term had ended back in May. What happened earlier was what truly convinced me of the fact that I wasn’t a freshie no more. Goodbye LU-I. Hello LU-II.
It’s some sort of tradition in UP-College of Medicine for the incoming LU-II batch (second year-INTARMED) to orient the incoming LU-I batch (first year-INTARMED). So, as our buddies from Class 2016 did before us, we, Class 2017, prepared to orient our buddies of Class 2018.
We decided to give a bit of effort in the orientation procedure, for it not to be dull, but instead fun and interesting.
So, after a class lunch and registration, we start the orientation with an icebreaker activity – modified Dr. Kwak-Kwak – a twist (i mean that literally!) to your usual icebreaker! Next up is the ever immortal Getting-to-Know-You part. We followed a simple format for the introductions – Name. Nickname. High School. Relationship Status. Something Interesting, Controversial, and Juicy (FUN FACT). Got a lot of interesting revelations from the 2018 people. Glad to see people willing to share.
An interesting ‘moment’ occurred after introductions. Will not say anything more about it as it falls under classified INTARMED info. :P
Finally, the most exciting part of the day commenced – the iMed Amazing Race! – We meant for it to be a cross between a campus tour and a buddy selection activity. For some reason, I end up a facilitator. It’s a bit complicated, considering we had prepared for it only a few hours prior to actual execution. But somehow, we managed to pull it off! Glad to have met my 2018 buddy. :) He seems like a nice guy.
All in all, it’s pretty amazing how I suddenly find myself in front of all these people – freshmen, sharing my experiences as a iMed student. Exactly a year ago, I was the freshman being oriented.
Really amazing how time passes by so quickly. LU-I was a challenging year, true, but thanks to the great friends I found in my iMed2017 classmates, I was able to get by the days with a smile.
So, I wish our iMed2018 buddies good luck! Look forward to an exciting year at UPM. Choosing INTARMED is a decision you won’t regret. I can guarantee that. :)