The Second Time Around

The first time I went to university, it was smack-bang in the middle of Melaka, in a tiny town called Lendu where cows crossed the road about as frequently as people. Needless to say it wasn't exactly the most inspiring experience of my life. I had always imagined university life to be just like what I had seen in the movies, young naive girl leaves home, makes lots of new friends and becomes the throbbing nucleus of her social group. Well, was I in for a culture shock.
I did not feel the so called 'spirit' of UiTM that my lectures and peers were always going on about. Nor did I feel attached in any way whatsoever to the people I had met or the tiny dorm that I stayed in while my roommate played Super Mario on full volume as I tried to study for the final exam the next day. A year and a half later, I finally persuaded my parents that I was not born to be an UiTM alumni.

I was so nervous on my first day at Taylor's! I've had problems with making friends before this, so the night before I was told to always speak to the person who is sitting on their own. On orientation day, I talked to a boy sitting next to me in the Multi-Purpose Hall. He then got the wrong idea and thought that I liked him. After I told him I had a boyfriend, he walked away from me and I haven't heard from him since! My first friend at Taylor's is a girl named Venice. Even though she's doing her Foundation in Communication, we still hang out a lot because we were each others first friends.


After orientation wrapped up a week later, we started classes. I think I was about half an hour early so I sat on my own until my current two amigos, Aslam and Hann, came and sat next to me. We've been friends since day one.


So far, its been pretty hectic. Going to Taylor's is like going to Urbanscapes everyday, it's full of fashionistas and a lot, I mean a lot, of hipsters. There's high waisted pants and wayfarers everywhere you look. The timetables and groupings are always changing. But in a strange way I think that its helped us bond as a class. We're going to be together for three whole years, so we'll be practically family. We help each other out with assignments and hang out just like old friends. The staff are friendly, the students are great. It's a great start to August.
It struck me the other day how lucky I am to be finally pursuing my dream. I mean, come on. Who wouldn't be inspired sitting next to a lake with ducks and fish while drinking at Old Town White Coffee? At the moment, it's difficult to imagine how my life could get any better. It's practically just like the movie I've always dreamed of and I can't wait for the other five semesters! Here's to passing with flying colours and going on to be part of the media!

Saarah Jasmine