By Harish Sree
Class of 2020
I’ve been looking forward to this day for a while now and it’s finally here! It’s the senior versus junior games. Having only played in our Houses for most of the competition-based activities so far, I was really excited for the chance to mix it up and play in our respective batches instead. What made our afternoon at the NTU Lower Fields even more exciting was the bubble soccer game! Running at top speed towards my friend in a giant inflatable bubble and safely bouncing away was an experience like no other. Along with bubble soccer, we played Captain’s Ball and Ultimate Frisbee as well. The games ended in a tie but the scores were never important to us anyway. It was a really fun day!
Today was a great day with my Team-Based Learning (TBL) team! We got together to celebrate our team mate Ping Chong’s birthday. We planned it for a while and we managed to catch him off guard by kidnapping him and bringing him out for a meal. The opportunity to just relax and catch up with my TBL team was really nice. While the end of the year approaches and with it, our journey as a team, it’s memories like this that I’ll cherish.
We’ve been practising for a month and it’s finally time for us to take the stage! A while back, my friend Nicholas and I had this crazy idea of actually performing in front of an audience. We’ve always had impromptu jamming sessions in our hall rooms, but it wasn’t until Peanut Butter & Jam (PB&J) that we actually had an opportunity to go on stage and perform. We got together with two of our batch mates, Ezra and Junde, to form a small band. We spent many nights in April preparing two songs that we really liked. When the day came, it went really well. It’s almost impossible to believe that an idea that was conceived late at night during a random discussion could actually bear fruit. Nicholas had his first experience singing on stage, while I played the guitar in front of a large audience. While performing was amazing, watching my other batch mates reveal their hidden talents was an even greater joy. I was really impressed by the sheer talent and incredible amount of effort put in by everyone despite the looming examinations. We’re already making plans for next year’s PB&J!
Time really flies when you’re in medical school. My House family was the first group of close friends I made after orientation and I’m glad we managed to remain close throughout the year as a support network for each other. We decided to make our way down to Holland Village to celebrate Richard’s birthday and catch up on what has been going on in each other’s lives. It’s amazing to see how much we’ve grown and changed over the course of a year.
I distinctly remember myself in this exact position a year ago, with an offer from LKCMedicine and listening to my soon-to-be seniors share what makes this School so great at the High Tea. A year on, I find myself on the other side of the table explaining to prospective freshmen what student life is like. It’s really interesting to see how many perspectives have changed and how well informed many students were. While explaining what makes TBL great through words alone can be difficult, the mock TBL sessions were an excellent window into the process and the students experienced first-hand what makes this style engaging and interactive.
I also had the opportunity to officially introduce “IntroDOCtion 2016: Vitae” to the prospective freshmen. Seeing how much they enjoyed our trailer video really made all the effort we put in so far worth it. I don’t know about my friends, but today has made me incredibly excited to meet my juniors when they come in for orientation!