I’ve heard lots of of stories about the
famous infamous A-Level college prior to August 2014- the year I entered as batch 17.0. Excited? Of course! But I was perhaps more intimated. I mean, how can I not be? That place houses so many brainiacs and talented people so I felt like a small goldfish in a pond of sharks. Specifically, great white sharks. And they were all hungry… yummmm… OK that was so exaggerated hahahaha. But in seriousness tho, being in KY will make you hungry- in all, and every form. Read on.
Hungry for Home.
This will be the first thing you long for right after week 1 because: (1) Induction will be hell… (wait for Samurai night! I am not going to dwell on this) and (2) you will find KY a little creepy since you’re stuck in the middle of the nowhere (read: Lembah Beringin. Who has heard of that?!). But give it another week or two, you will come to love (cues John Legend’s All of Me) all its curve and all its edges, all its perfect imperfection. All you have to do is come with an open mind and explore! Within KY itself, you could easily run or swim or bike around campus in the evenings. Bored of the same old environment (or maybe the dining hall food)? Call up a cab and visit the nearest town, Tanjung Malim, for dinner! My top recommendations are: Garden Seafood, Umi Sushi, LoveEats and Pau Yik Mun! <3
Hungry for Fun. (and maybe a little rave session in the GH lol!)
I always thought that A Level was for the nerds, and hence, KY was equivalent to a nerd hub in my mind before I got there. But boy, I was wrong! There are soooooooo many events every few weeks and the best part of them all is that unlike high school, you get to choose which one to attend. (Well, except Monday’s 4.30PM assemblies). My favourites thus far are the festive ones- think Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, Christmas and Deepavali! You’ll get to dress up in sarees or Baju Kurungs and wear make up and take 9384701 photos! The food will also be catered according to each distinct celebration so during Hari Raya, you’ll be served satays or Rendangs at the Great Hall and for Deepavali season, expect Currys =) So go have fun, watch, or even better, participate in performances, dress to impress and be sure to stay for that post event rave session hahahahahaha #whenyoucantgoclubbing
Aside from big festive events, KY’s independent student clubs (like Language Club or Sports Club etc. ) also hosts its own activities- and sometimes, competitions, with real medals! Most of the competitions, although hosted by students itself, are between houses. Speaking of houses, KY has 4 main ones: Topaz, Diamond, Garnet and Sapphire and you will inevitably, end up being close, if not closest to your housemates. That’s because you will live with those in the same house as you and a lot of activities, and even sitting arrangements in the GH, are sorted according to houses! I find this experience a little bit like high school, but I did not regret it- and you shouldn’t too! This will perhaps be your last #housespirit experience, unless you are off to the United States, so be sure to make the most of it! <3 (ps: I was from Topaz!!!)
Hungry for approval.
Now that most of the fun part has been said, let’s get on to a more serious note: expectations.
There will be a lot of expectations, or more accurately- hope– that will sit on your shoulders throughout your time here. And if you don’t know how to handle them well, you’ll really sink. So my advice is you do you and don’t compare yourself with others too much. I know I did, so that’s why I had so much unnecessary stress lingering around my head like: ‘Why am I not as smart as XYZ?’ Or ‘Why can’t I be just as fast as OPQ?’
In those hard times… you’ll really need people to lean in. You’ll be
Hungry for support.
You should always ask help if you need it and the good news is that KY has a really great support system! Once you enrol, you’ll be sorted into a tutorial group of about 6-8 people from the same house and all of you will be supervised by a tutor. Your tutor will overlook your academic performance, attendance reports, extra curricular involvements and write your references/reports quarterly. But aside from that, you could always drop them a message to talk. I know some tutor groups who got real close to the point that the tutees visited their tutor’s house! Amazing right?!
If you think a tutorial group isn’t enough, there are like a few hundred other people you can find comfort in and they are called your friends. The friend you make at KY will really last (hence the #KYlingy) so make as many of them as you can =) And in my case, I even got a boyfriend from that place hahahaha.
I hope you find this article insightful and I wish you the very best of your years at KY. Here are some photos from my times there to end this post. Till next Monday for another #MondayMuse blogpost. Stay Quirky, Fie <3
I didn’t participate in Bangsawan 2014, but the following year I danced! Was great =)