Ethel Ho, 2MD1
Everything is ephemeral; Orientation 2018 has finally come to an end! The day ended with a mass dance in the hall with a spectacular performance by AC dance and songs! Besides the OG who misses one another, the OGLs also find it incredibly difficult to part with their OG they spent four days with. To give you guys a better sense of the unforgettable four days that the J1s spent, we decided to interview an OGL and J1!
School: ACS Barker
How did you initially feel before orientation?
I was scared of not being able to adapt to changes in JC and not being able to find or make new friends. There was also the question about what subject combinations to take and what each subject was like. Entering a new school compound I also was lost about where to find things and where places were.
How do you feel now, given that orientation 2018 has ended?
Through orientation, I was given the opportunity to mix with my seniors who were willing and able to share their past experiences and knowledge as to what subjects to take etc… They helped every one of us break down our barriers and warm up to each other. They were always enthusiastic about everything no matter how dead we seemed. After orientation, I feel more welcomed in the school and more sure of where I belong.
Name: Seth Tay
OG, Clan name: Lugiah, Ventus
What made you sign up to be an OGL?
I’ve always had pride being in AC and wanted to share it, to show that there is something to be proud of our school and how far we’ve come. I wanted to share that pride and glory with the incoming batch of J1s, for them to know that we have a strong culture and not to feel out of place within the new community they’re in.
Was the lead up to orientation and orientation itself something you expected?
Frankly no haha, I never expected the build-up to orientation to be as exhausting as it felt. Taking time out to paint the flag and practice the dance was more daunting than I thought it’d be. I’m really grateful for having creative and intuitive clan mates around in coming up with the clan cheer and walk. Yet, despite the unexpected weariness, there was also an unexpected joy and pleasure in working alongside so many schoolmates. At the end of the day when I see the smile on the faces of my OG kids and the laughs they share it really heartens me to know that I’ve been able to fulfil my duty and the hard work was worth it.
What was the best takeaway from orientation 2018?
For me, it’s definitely the friendships forged. Getting to know and befriending both my clan mates and OG kids were probably the highlight of my experience. It was great to have met such a variety of ppl, all unique and special in their own way. I remember gathering at 6:30 am on the first day in the LT, instead of being groggy from waking up early, everyone was getting pumped up and excited to meet the J1s. I think for me that moment encapsulated the AC spirit best; a large group of students banding together for the common purpose to welcome and serve ppl who we’ve never met before.