Bonjour Les Amis,
After finishing secondary school and SPM, I was accepted into a year of foundation program in UITM . Previously, this program is enrolled in UITM Puncak Alam but now they have moved to UITM Dengkil. Fortunately, we was lucky to become the only batch who got both experience. The only reason I’m sharing this stories of mine is because I miss my friends and housemates. They were my powerpuff girls. Blossom and Bubbles to my Buttercup.
Also, to those who wonder “What is in foundation?” , “What did you do there?”.
Well, I did a lot of things and I also did not do anything.
Confuse? You’ll see as I progress.
Life in semester 1 was wonderful. Yep, my crush was still there and my life were going smoothly. Or maybe that’s what I think. Classes was so far away you either have to take a bus or walk through stairs or what they called “tangga kejayaan”. This is not ordinary stairs, once you climbed up these stairs – your knee going to wiggle and I’m sure you need no more gym. That’s how high it is. Since I like to save my money, I used stairs most of the time.
Life at Puncak Alam was quiet and peaceful. We can go out if we want to or stay inside the house and enjoy unlimited super fast cable internet. Its very easy to find rental car, you either google it or see their advertisement anywhere around campus. The foundation students during this time consist only science and engineering students. Law and TESL foundation students are located in a different area. I’m not sure exactly where but mostly at UITM Shah Alam. Because of these, they weren’t really much drama. I guess the thing about nerd students is they don’t really care much about their surrounding. What’s important then? Getting that 4 flat score.
Classes usually starts at 9 and end depending on schedule. Sometimes our day at campus end at lunch, sometimes we finish around 4.30 or 5 pm. Meanwhile, lectures are held in a lecture hall. I know yeah this sounds stupid, of course lecture are held in lecture hall. But its different in Dengkil, okay? Keep reading. 3 groups of students are combined into one lecture. A group consist of 20 students.By the way, lecture hall is the most comfy place ever to sleep, honestly its hard to resist. Cushion chairs and air conditioning, especially in the front seats where as lights are off. The front seats is usually those who came in late.
Weird ? No, not really. Front seats are really uncomfortable, you have to tilt your head 45 degrees upwards to see the screen. And most importantly, you are directly in front lecturer. Good luck not getting caught falling asleep. The hot seats are usually the fourth to fifth row. Not too far so you can see better, and not to close where you can sit down comfortable. Me? I’m usually the second row or second last row. I have no idea why.
Other than that, tutorial are held in a classroom within our own group. This allow students to have a better approach with the lecturer. In this class, we usually do practices from previous lectures and discuss it. Most of the time, I did not finish my homework. My friends reading this might be “tipulah”. I’m not lying, I just don’t tell them the truth. The secret to not getting caught is always be confident. I would seat in the front row and always volunteer for the first question. Because that is the only question I did. So, the lecturer wouldn’t call me for the next questions and the rest of the class you should focus on the discussion. See how I saved my time there?
But, sometimes when I managed to finish- I would not volunteer and wait for lecturer to call me. You need balance okay, you cannot do the same trick over and over. You need to come up with a few tricks and rotate.
Other trick if I didn’t finish my homework and I got called is that – I would just go the whiteboard and try to solve the question. Do it confidently. If you are wrong then its okay, just tell the lecturer “Oh, I’m sorry. I guess I don’t really understand this. Can you show me how to do it?”. These lecturer, they are so nice they will definitely help you. Thank you dear lecturers.
The most terrifying tutorial class is Biology Class by Madam Liza. Everyone would be restless before her class because she is always full of surprise. She would go on rampage if she found out we didn’t do our homework. This is the only class where my homework is always done. She always make discussion in each class differently. There are always games, discussion and surprise pop quiz. We all were afraid of her until second semester. What happen in second semester? stay tuned.
One of the most exciting moment will be our lab session. Lab is always the fun version of study. Oh well, at least until the report part. After every lab, we always have to write a report in a group of 4 to 5 people. If the experiment was easy, yes it will be just a breeze. If not, you have to go back and google/study books to write a proper discussion. This is where your communication skills and teamwork are tested. Trust me, everyone who went to university will know the struggle. You might have an enthusiast – the person who always want to pour all his knowledge and always want to go into details. You might also have the sluggard. This slacker always exist I’m not sure why. Its easy to identify. They would come late to discussion and they will do their part at the very last minute- jeopardizing assignments of the whole team. If you submit late, your report either going to be rejected or carry marks will be deducted. Then, even if they do their part, sometimes they plagiarized other’s group report.
Then we have co-curriculum. This one actually is not my favorite. I took cooking class and I really don’t like it there. Here’s a tips. Always take class with your friends. I was always okay with new people as long as everyone is friendly, open minded and not too clingy with their cliques. But that is what happen. They don’t really mingle around with people and only talk to the people they know. Girls, please. If this is a club, you need to be social with everyone. No one is going to eat you and hello? everyone is 18 years old already – do you need your mom to talk on your behalf?
Sorry, I was just reminded to bitter moments and got emotional. Lets get rational and continue with my stories, shall we?
Alright- what do we do in our free time and where do we hang out?
Free time basically is only the weekend. Its not that we are restricted by rules or anything, its just that we don’t really have much time to go out due to all the assignments, reports and subjects that need to be revise. Do all out in the weekdays and enjoy your weekend to the fullest.
During friday nights, I would go down to KKPR (complex with cafe and grocery stores) and hang out with my fellow classmates. The most famous cafe at that time was Kafe Matahari – they have variety of food, their food was delicious and they mantain good services. Everyone loved it. One of the most popular item was ABC with yellow and green color. That RM3.50 ABC was everyone favorites and its basically on most tables during dinner – including our table.
Kamila would brought ukelele with her and then we would karaoke our favorite songs. We do it just for fun, by 11 something we would went our rooms already. Yep, its early because I need my beauty sleep.
And for the weekend, sometimes I went out with housemates, most of the time with classmates. I sincerely love my housemates, each one of them were very different in their own way. I’ll tell you all about them in a different post later. I guess because we lived in the same house, we tend to do things together. Also, get in trouble together. What trouble ? Well, here are some examples – trouble is a norm .
When everyone just wanted to stay in, and I’m super bored. Here come my dearest housemate – Najah. She always up for outing if I say “hey wanna go out”. One thing about her is that she’s very loyal and trustworthy. Its been years since I met her but I still respect her for this. We would took the bus and went to Setia City Mall for some food hunting !
Other than that, we would all caved in our rooms streaming movies. Lisa with her vampire diaries. Najah with her phantom of the opera. Ipah and Aishah with their dramas . Me? I would probably joined any one of them. I’m flexible.
Now, the fun part. There are some moments that stays special in my heart because it was just one of a kind. We had iftar, trips and food hunts . These pictures is during our biology project- we went to Shah Alam Botanical Park.
I went out for iftar twice. The first one was with fellow classmates where we ate pizza at Papa John the second one was with the whole class of C4. (C4 is the name of our class)
Then we had this cute trip funded by UITM – read it here: Trip to Bagan Lalang !At one time, we also ran away to had lunch at McDonalds. McDonalds is like 3km away from campus and its a roadhill. We sneak out between classes just to have lunch there. We merely miss our next lecture. We went there by bus and carpooling into strangers Avanza later on. Thank god the car fit us well. Nope im kidding, we have to sit on top of each other.
We had some supper night and honestly the journey to go and buy supper was troubling. We had to use a car that had air-conditioning malfunction and yeah there was no open windows. Or they called as ‘Oven car’. Can you imagine? I drove all the way to Setia Alam and Yusuf had to wipe of the windshield every single minute ! If not water started to vaporize and block the view. Plus, we are driving at night how dangerous is that? But still, we manage to got good pictures tho.
This is not all. I haven’t told yet the stories of more dramatic nights I had here in Puncak Alam. But, I’ll save that later for a different posts okay. Almost 2000 words already , I will definitely stop here. I’ll write a second part – sequel to this post later. Until then, thank you for reading.