Today was a rather bizarre day. A friend of mine is entering the same university as me and, well, I nagged him to sign up for orientation since that’s where you pick your courses, and a crappy time table really sucks. He told me it’s today, and it just so happens that I had to have some papers signed by the registrar’s office, so I tagged along.
Ever since I entered university I sort of developed a special feeling for it. It’s hard to explain, and it’s not something most folks would understand since I’m pretty sure most folks dread going to school. Anyway, there’s a part of me that really wants to go back. I got that opportunity today, and without classes XD
Supposedly his oritentation starts at 9:30, so we decided to set off at 5:30, because taking into consideration the time wasted for the guy to get up, fill up on gas, grab coffee and breakfast and stuff, we’d get there by around 9. The problem was…well…I miscalculated and we arrived at 8:30, and the guy didn’t even sign up. Well, it’s his choice what kind of schedule he gets, and I go there and had my paperwork done.
I don’t think I’ve ever posted pictures of my school campus that’s not either filled with rotten leaves or in snow. Unfortunately, the weather was not the greatest today, but I think the pictures, for the most part, turned out all right.
The first stop is here. Supposedly this is where the new students are supposed to go, hear upper years talk, get some rumours confirmed/busted, etc etc. This is also where yours truely will be living starting September 10th.
This is the building where yours truely endured around eight months worth of sleepless nights and somehow still managed to pull through relatively sane. Bad memories from my roommate aside, it’s not such a bad place.
Going through the regular circle tour brings us to the building that houses the largest classroom on campus, as well as the biology labs.
While touring the place, we ran into a first year biology prof. Although he didn’t teach me, he did manage the electronic gizmos for my class. He allowed us a look into the lab, as he was going to check before the summer school classes start.
We had a nice chat, and he was quite keen to explain first year lab stuff thoroughly with my friend, whom he also won’t be teaching starting September. What’s funny is that he confirms the fact that students are known as numbers, as he says himself that he’d remember our numbers before he learned our names (if he ever does). I need to remember to send him an email later to suck up to thank him for his time.
A quick look at the chemistry labs in the new material sciences building. Nothing is being brewed at the moment.
As with the last time I came here for photos, the physics labs are covered by blinds. A funny thing about the new building is that the structure itself isn’t perfectly leveled. This results in things moving under a near-frictionless enviornment (and a real pain to calibrate the equipments).
Next stop was one of the many libraries. This is the Taylor library, also known as the science library, where science kids (like me) hangs out in near solitude and force stuff into brains. We took a quick look and moved on.
Social science building is next. I’d just like to add that the next few places were only looked at briefly, because I don’t have any classes in those places, so I’m quite unfamiliar with them. (This is also the part where the effect of caffein is wearing off).
Next stop the University Community Center.I do have a class here, but it’s in the cinema, so I didn’t get any shots of that.
Due to the fact that I was up since 3:30, I ended up having lunch quite early. Unfortunately for me, nothing except Tim Hortons is open, so on top of the coffee, Tim’s is also providing my lunch.
Next stop, Weldon Library aka the Social Science library. The April Fool’s edition of the school paper says something about people going there to hang out and “network” and, well, the only place where people care about getting work done is Taylor’s (then again, science people are also depicted as sociopaths).
We were approaching the end of the tour by this point. The second last stop was Alumni hall, which is a mixture of a gym and a residence building. Basketball tournaments are held here, and, well, there are people living in there as well. I came here to write my final exam of the year.
Last stop was actually kind of rushed, and…well…there’s nothing much to look at due to construction of the new engineering buildings (which I’ve never stepped into).
Some extra shots, mainly due to the fact that my previous pictures were taken in the winter, where the ground is either covered by rotten leaves + Tim Horton cups or snow. It’s kind of depressing how I only get to see the campus like this when I’m supposed to be studying for finals.
We got there early, we’re leaving early. There’s just one problem, both of us are pretty sleep deprived. So, that means more Tim’s on the way home >_<