Picture this: a week of long, sunny, carefree days. Learning at least 20 names a day that will take you another few days to retain. Cheering all the time. Eating free food. Always having something fun to do.
Orientation week at Waterloo was a blast. Almost each day of last week, there was faculty programming during the day, followed by fun events for all first years at night. Engineering students were split into
colour groups (DARK GREEN BEST TEAM!) to compete in several events. My favourite part of the week was the activities to earn my yellow hardhat, a tradition for first-year engineers.
Events for all new students included Choose Your Own Adventure Night (one of the best nights to get free food all over campus, as my roommate and I did), World of Waterloo (a super fun self-guided tour of Uptown), Monte Carlo night, and Black and Gold Day.
The week was crazy busy, but definitely encouraged spirit for the school and my faculty, as well as meeting some really cool first years and upper years. I had more time to hang out with my roommates and find my way around campus, but very little time to call my parents. The start of class felt a bit too soon after such a jam-packed week, but hey, that’s university. Good luck this week!
I moved into rez yesterday! Of course, the “nicest” (ie: hottest) weekend of the year was while thousands of first years moved into Waterloo Housing. Despite the heat, it was a great day. I said goodbye to my parents after moving in and getting some groceries. Then I went to the SLC to pick up my student card and orientation package. (GO TEAM DARK GREEN!)
In the afternoon, our community met with our don for pizza then went to the Warrior Welcome. Warrior Welcome is like a high school pep rally, but ten times better. There’s a lot more spirit and cool guest speakers (like Heather Moyse!!). Next was Playfair, an extremely fun way to meet as many new friends as possible.
I’m feeling really happy here already. My roommates are great! The only negative comment on the experience so far is this heat wave! 😦 Looking forward to O-Week! 🙂
The countdown is nearly done, T-2 days until I move to Waterloo and start university. Everything is just starting to sink in, so I am finally feeling excited! Yesterday was my one day off work this week so I spent it running around town for three different lunches or coffees with friends I won’t see for a while. Tears were shed as we said our goodbyes, but I know that they’re not forever. It’s a strange transition, from a highschooler living at home to an “adult” living in a new city with a lot more responsibility (eg: groceries, cooking). I think I’m saving all of the fear and excitement for a hilarious emotional episode next week. For now, what I lack in expression of feelings is made up for by my family and their Facebook posts.
At my last shift at the shoe store today, I wished a kid “Happy back to school!”. It just came out, and sounded weird at first, but now I’m liking it. So Happy Back to School, everyone! Good luck.