My O-Week & First Week of Class | Zach Tng | #RoadToRyerson

Hello everyone!

I have officially been here for about two weeks! Orientation week has come and gone, and it was an experience to say the least! It was a whirlwind of so many different events and meeting so many different people. I didn’t even notice how tired and hungry I was the entire week because of all the excitement in the air.

image02The week started off with a lot of cheering and a lot of yelling at pretty much every single event. My voice was absolutely gone by the end of every day, but I somehow managed to sleep it off every night. On the first day, everyone in residence painted shirts and we walked around the quad and through the streets. Everyone then gathered as a class for the first time in a drumming ceremony/activity. We got some really inspirational speeches, and it felt like a really big moment. The rest of the week was a bit of a blur! I tried to always be at something, even if it didn’t sound like the most fun event. Some of the highlights included (but not limited to): “Illuminate the Quad”, “Water Olympics”, “FCAD Jam”, and of course “Fiesta del Fuego”. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to go to a lot of the RTA frosh events, but the ones that I did go to were awesome! It was nice to meet people in my program that I will be spending time with in class. Thank you to everyone who had anything to do with putting these events together, you guys did a great job! 🙂

image03Although the events were a lot of fun, I think my favourite part about the week was at night when I would just hang out with people on my floor and get to know them. Super cheesy, I know. Everyone gets along really well here on PIT 10 and we’re all one big happy family!

image00I’ve had the chance to explore the downtown area a little bit and I absolutely love it. It’s always so busy and full of life. Walking down the street you see so many different people, and even the buildings themselves have so much character. I could definitely get very used to this. I also managed to get out to Toronto Island to take some pictures of the city skyline, and I think they turned out really well. 🙂

Instead of telling you all about orientation events specifically, I put together the video above so you could see what I was experiencing throughout the week.

I took the long weekend to recover from orientation week, and finally settle down. I finished unpacking and attempted to get organized for the weeks ahead. I started my first week of classes! It’s definitely a lot to get used to! Having several hours in between classes is very strange and I haven’t quite figured out what to do with myself during these breaks. The whole lecture/lab setup is different as well. Starting classes this week meant getting to meet even more people in my program. I have never been surrounded with people more creative and enthusiastic. Everyone I encountered this week was so well spoken and passionate about all sorts of different things.

image01 (1)Although waking up early has not been fun this past week, there has been plenty of things to be excited about as well. I’m so interested in everything taught in my classes, I managed to find someone selling the only textbook I need, and I get to take classes in a movie theatre! (which was cool until I realized that the chairs are comfortable enough to easily fall asleep in) My first week of classes came to a close with the welcome week parade and concert. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to go to the parade due to a class, but I was definitely at the concert and I think we all know how that went. The crowd was absolutely crazy. When Drake walked out on stage, we were pushed up easily ten feet with the entire crowd. I think Ryerson officially wins frosh 2015, and I’m so proud to say that I go here.

It looks like this is the end of my Road To Ryerson! Thank you so much for following me on this journey, I’ve had a lot of fun sharing my experiences with all of you. Also a huge thank you to everyone who has made my first two weeks here so memorable. I absolutely love it here and I’m looking forward to an awesome few years ahead of me.

Zach Tng 🙂

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