Why part 2 when there is no entry with the title ‘University Life Part 1’? Because I am now entering the second phase of my degree program- I am a second year student at last! Alhamdulillah, grateful that I made it, despite the fact that I almost lost my motivation (Why should I keep whining about becoming a civil engineer when I don’t have the gut to take risk and change my course?) – thanks to those nights spent reading TCE (The Chemical Engineers) mags that i finally found the drive and now i am fighting back!
Freshers have finally arrived here in the heavenly Manchester (exaggerating am i ?), i heard that 150 self-sponsored students from Malaysia came this years, with 37 gov sponsored students. Whew! That’s a load..Manchester sure is an interesting place if not the university itself that attracts them to study here. I am sure Manchester is, though back home during the summer hols i found myself answering the question : ‘Macammana Manchester? Seronok?’ with a simple answer ‘Okla..as long as cukup makan ok je’ . But Manchester offers me a life full of excitement- though i have to carefully ponder the bad and the good elements of it.
I don’t mean to be, you know, ‘lupa daratan’ or whatever, but after almost one month staying in Malaysia i started to miss Manchester. Yeah, sure I enjoyed being with my family but here in Manchester is where my life lies-the school and everything. Of course I can’t stop crying when i was to leave Malaysia that day but i told myself, at least i get back my feet (which was tied at home due to lack of means of transportation – and trust to allow me to drive with my P Driving License).
Manchester which has become my second home (I am currently residing in the Old Trafford..woohoo) has the highest student population outside London, according to Student Direct Newspaper, with over 80000 students, 10000 of them are international students. The home of United (oh..my Wayne Rooney) and City, and the most interesting fact is that it has the largest shopping centre in the UK – Trafford Centre ! And uh, it is the gay capital of Europe if you care.
I repeatedly tell myself, living in such a heavenly place- never short of food or support from Malaysian community- i have no excuse for not doing well in my studies- the sole reason i am sent here by JPA. Man, i can’t even afford to pay the fees: RM308 000 for my whole 4 academic years.
But I guess it is true that university life is not all about getting a degree- it is about maximising your experience. socialising. acquiring new skills. I guess i have wasted my first year trying to adapt and so on, but for the years to come i will make sure that I will be more active, InshaAllah.
So I decided to choose one society (other than MCOT of course) that i could commit myself and my time too, so there i went to the Freshers’ Fair at the Academy. It was so lively during Freshers’ Week- this is university life! Flyers everywhere – i re-registered for Manchester ISOC (Islamic Society) which I considered a must to every muslim, and took registration form from as many booths as possible, i might consider joining Student Action – voluntary jobs have become one of my interests since being introduced by my IB program back in college. International Society as well, maybe. Bunch of maybes.. but I will try. It is worth trying, right?
And so begin my university life..part two =)