Queues, Tons of Walking, and a Dash of Life Saving Teamwork

Back to school time for us. The second semester actually started just this Thursday, with enrollment starting on the Monday before that. Which naturally meant long lines for class enlistment, and even longer lines for payment of fees. And let’s not forget the Hunger Games-esque scenes that always seem to happen around the areas of Math, Science, and Technology (MST) subjects.

Before anything else, I would just like to say that, without any kind of higher priority, enlisting MSTs is a witch with a nectar-loving, striped insect. Supersized.

I and two other friends were in school as early as 05:00 in the morning to enlist a Chemistry class, but ended up not being able to get it. Then we went around the majority of the Science Complex to scavenge for available MST classes. We went from building to building within the thirty-hectare area under the blasted blaring sun from the Chemistry building to Natural Sciences, Physics, Math, and Geology. An Amazing friend continued looking for MST classes to enlist in, but I and Anne Arashi fan gave up after Geology. We enlisted in a Social Sciences and Philosophy (SSP) class instead. Can’t say I’m not satisfied as the class we got was Foundations of Behavioral Science. People watching is a pretty amusing hobby, yanno. This gives me a legitimate reason to look at others’ actions and interactions. LOL.

Well, the good thing is I get to see my lovely crazy as hell like me classmates literally everyday from Tuesdays until Saturdays during our review class for the upcoming Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT…so next time I refer to it, I don’t have to type the whole thing. LOL, I’m such a lazy arse.). We have at least four subjects together, and two of them look like our work for them would be, as a Lean guy put it, “works of love”. The not-so-good thing is that during Tuesdays and Thursdays, I only have a thirty-minute break from 08:30 – 17:30…which might extend until 19:00 on Tuesdays. And I have to run from one building near the heart of the campus to another which is kind of at the opposite end of the 493-hectare campus. Ah well. Such is life. LOL, I am so going to look at my weight before and after this semester.

Even if the first week consisted only of two days (minus the grueling enrollment process), three if you include today’s review class, most of us feel beat. Like somehow, the first week drains us of more energy than any other part of the sem. I’ve even seen some posts that gave a curious yet valid thought; that we seem to despair the enrollment more than our respective hell weeks or months, if your luck hates you. Granted, the first week included scouring the library for readings in our different subjects, accomplishing our requirements for the application to the exchange student program to Japan, payments, running around in search of the proper reassigned classrooms, and a lot of other things.

Times like these, teamwork keeps us alive.

Let’s just hope our professors don’t end up conking our heads because we requested for recommendation letters at the same time.

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