The Third Terminal
Wow. That title sounds so like SPM huh?
Uh well, whatever, as long as it does fit the context. Swinburne is my third terminal.
Classes started today! XD Drove myself to Swinburne at 7.30am, heeding james’s advice to go early for parkings. But even when you’re guarenteed empty parking lots that early, traffic jams are still inevitable.
I reached campus at 8am, knowing fairly well that there will be no tutorials for the first week, which means my 10.30am class is off. But I went early anyway, to settle some stuff with the admins and prolly get used to the campus a bit. And also the meet the arang gang with their routine gathering at the cafeteria. =P
Siat Wei and Ah soon reached only at nine. Lectures didn’t start until 1.30pm, when we barged into room 8.13 and sat down like eager primary students attending their first class. XD
intro to the foundation in engineering course, orientation day.
Ms. Adrina Lai, our lecturer for Physics A, briefed us on the course outline for the subject.
Ms. Sashirekha then took over for another briefing on the course outline on Engineering Math. She had a great sense of humor which made her lectures pretty fun. Which at the same time she managed to mildly freak us out of our easy-going mindset. Note to self: bah-forget it. I need more Sashirekha lectures. XD
Then it was Ms. Cordelia with two hours of Oral Comm. and Presentation. Notice that i’ve been using the title Ms to address all my lecturers above? XD Blame that on Ms. Cordelia, who spent a good 15 minutes alone explaining the difference between Mr, Mrs, MISS and Ms. which have something to do with feminine rights and the likes, heh. Quite an eye-opener though.
I bet you didn’t know that the title Ms came about as a result of the effort of feminine activists (or at least I think that’s what they’re called XD) to have a title for women on par with mens’ Mr., where marriage is of no concern. Apparently, they think that women have as much right as men to not declare their marriage status. Just in case you haven’t notice, the Mr title for men applies to both married and unmarried males whereas women have to choose from either Mrs. (married) and MISS (single). The Ms title is as you guessed — neutral.
Well, she was pretty fun too. Her command of english is impeccable. Fitting, as we expected no less from a lecturer of that subject. Something tells me I’ll be looking forward to Oral classes. XD Just hope I’ll be able to say that when the assessments starts. =\
BTW, we were required by the engineering subjects to get ourselves an RM620 calculator. Yeah, that is pronounced as six hundred and twenty ringgit. Piaw has a whole paragraph dedicated to its price. Seriously though, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist once again to tell you that it’s freaking overpriced.
Just so you get the picture if you haven’t yet. It costs almost the same as a Motorola Razr, five times the price of a high end D-link router (RM120), and 200 bucks short of an original iPod nano.
C’mon, six hundred bucks for a freaking calculator?