I do apologise for the lack of updates. To the uninitiated, I have been involved in Arts Camp as an orientation group leader (OGL). I have been involved in orientation camps for three times now. As a freshman in Arts Camp 2013, a freshman assistant OGL in Arts Orientation Week 2014, as an OGL for Arts Camp 2014, and will be a house IC for Orientation Week 2014.
People might find it odd that I am so involved in camps. Or even that I have too much time on my hands. And it’s true.
As a person, I think orientation camps really fit with the kind of personality that I have. I live by very few life principles, chief of them being not to take things too seriously. As my friends can attest to, I enjoy making people laugh and having a good time.
What better way to enjoy myself than to involve myself in camps?
The past few days, I have gotten to know so many people, done so many crazy things, forged so many friendships and perhaps most importantly, made so many people happier.
There are those who say that having fun during the camp is the last thing as an OGL- and I sometimes agree. The little administrative hiccups, the planning, the worrying. But think of the big picture- everything we do is to maximise the fun that the freshies have. I am especially touched when I hear them tell each other that they had fun during the camp, and when I see the words of appreciation that overflow my Facebook feed. It really brings me back to the time when I myself experienced university freshman camps for the first time.
When I go to camps, the flicker of childishness and enthusiasm and happiness that exudes from me on normal days becomes a full-blown forest fire, burning throughout and keeping me focused, awake, and always ready for anything. It really is my element.
To my house ICs Andrea and HJ, you’ve been great house ICs (except during social night) and I really look up to you. I understand the challenges you face and I often try to help. Sorry if I’m a bit nosey sometimes and I hope that I can even equal the standard that you both have set. I will never forget the times we spent- planning our stuff before camp, worrying about games and strategizing during war games and tug-of-war, discussing what’s best for the freshies and making sure that they only get the best.
To R10, you guys really rock. In the short span of time that we’ve known each other, I felt that we’ve already known each other for a lifetime. The constant support, the constant laughs, and the constant gatherings. I really love all of you. Steve the bulbasaur/shark, Niki the kitkat, Bryan my R6 buddy and the only guy I will engage in a threesome with, Tricia the immensely cute and act-innocent but knows what a lemonparty is (don’t google it) girl, Valesha the forehead (’nuff-said) and extremely loyal and supportive friend, Kimberly the fun-loving and use-my-phone-take-unglam-pictures-and-now-regretting-it weirdo, Dominic my bro from waaaaay back with warped humour close to mine, and Alex my dai gor triad boss. I could never have had gone through this camp without you.
Not forgetting my partner OGL, Eric. Thank you for supporting me and always tanking the bullshit administrative things that we have to settle. I usually see the big picture, often leaving you to settle the itty-bitty technicalities, which can be immensely frustrating at times. You are the best partner OGL I could ever ask for although you damn (censored label) now but I understand. Love you.
My councillors. A crazy bunch of people. To the girls who always come up with new ways to incorporate insults involving my face or name, I never ever take anything to heart, so please carry on this shit and I really appreciate everything you all have done for the OG, especially when me and Eric are shuttling from place to place to settle stuff. To the guys, thank you for doing what you do best (talking nonsense) and taking all the initiative that I could ever need. Thank you for always being with the OG and never ever declining to my sometimes incessant requests for freshie welfare. I’m really glad I went through this with y’all. Thanks to my frankly brilliant councillors I’m never worried about the OG because I always know that they are in good hands. Freshies first.
My freshies. I never could have done this without you. You guys are the reason I came back. When I look at you guys and I see that hopeful glimmer in your eyes, like a child awaiting to open their present on Christmas morning, it brings me back. The feeling of a whole new experience; of a totally new group of friends that you will stay with beyond university; of fun that is different and cannot be replaced or explained in words alone- that is what I hope you all experienced. You bunch are the most spontaneous people I’ve ever seen, and we owned. You made our lives to much easier, and the camp so much more fun. As much as the OGLs and councillors and seniors are there to give you the time of your lives, I can also safely say this- you bunch gave us the time of our lives as well, Come back and support me for Orientation Week 2014. Yessar.
To the seniors and those who came back to visit- thank you. Thanks Shelley for always being there to ask me how I was and coming back to pass us drinks and Strepsils. Thanks Evelyn for just being yourself (retarded) and supporting us in every way you can. Thanks Japhet for being there to strategizing with us and advising us on important decisions that deal with the house. To the other seniors that I might not know personally but I recognise- thank you just purely for being there. To see seniors come back means that R House, is a family; that in this whole event, we did something right.
To my batch mates and my original OG- thank you for coming back. I really feel bad for neglecting you guys during the camp, but your support really meant a lot to me. As I glanced over and I see your familiar faces looking on, I feel satisfied knowing that you guys have my back and will support me, and your presence is testament that ties forged never fade.
I will not let you guys down.
O-week 2014, let’s go.