Posted By: Kat Wong Too Yen on September 10, 2008
After being here at Queen’s for a week, it already feels a lot like home. Just to quickly recap my week…the move-in last Sunday went pretty smoothly. I expected to arrive to a chaotic, packed residence, but since all of the students moved in at different times throughout the day, it wasn’t hectic like how I thought it would be. Residence orientation started that evening, but after all of the Facebook groups about res, I think a lot of the other students here were already well-informed. It’s a quiet affair, but it’s an efficient way to meet others on your floor.
Wednesday marked the beginning of the faculty-specific orientation. I wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise for anyone, so all I really want to say about the Commerce orientation is that it’s a lot of fun, a lot of partying, a lot of screaming, and that the unique experience really brings everyone together. Considering it’s organized by students for students, they were very good at anticipating what our needs were as incoming frosh. Frosh week was definitely a memorable experience, and I would recommend that everyone give it a chance before judging the event too harshly. I warn you to catch up on sleep before frosh week, as you won’t be getting a good night’s sleep for the next seven days! (And that’s a good thing.)
On Sunday afternoon, I attended the Capstone event held at Ban Righ Hall. It gave students a chance to meet other frosh and interact with Queen’s professors and other Kingston residents. The event was a relaxing one, with great food…perfect timing since all of the cafs are closed on Sunday evenings.
Which brings me to today, Monday, the first day of classes. I only have one class, so I took it pretty easy today. I spent the rest of the evening scouring for food with friends, shopping for a new cell phone, and attempting to figure out the Kingston transit bus schedules. Coming from a big city to a much smaller one is a bit of an adjustment, but I’ll get there eventually!
Now I’m off to figure out where all of my classes will be held tomorrow…it looks like they’re scattered all over the place; but I’ve got an hour between every class so I can take some time to explore the main campus.
Until next time,