By Tengku Aiysha | Photos by Eunice Wong
On April 20th 2017, HELP University’s Matriculation Centre (HMC) held an orientation tea party to welcome the students of 2017’s March intake. The event went on from 4: 30 p.m – 6: 15 p.m at the Subang 2 Campus. It was led by chairperson, Rebecca Lai along with her team of volunteers, who made the event possible.
Event registration started at 4:30 p.m. In almost no time at all, a long line had formed outside of the event hall. Due to that and the rain, the students were asked to queue indoors where the registration took place. As that was happening, many students had already started sitting in groups, having made friends with each other. Before the event even started, the atmosphere was already jovial with the sounds of the students’ loud chatter and laughter.
The event started at 5:00 p.m., with an introduction from the emcee, Joshua Chong. It was promptly followed by the first game, Human Bingo that was carried out by Jing Ni, Suraya, and their team of student facilitators. The students were asked to make a grid of six squares. Then, they were asked to find another person with a matching characteristic determined by the lead facilitator and ask their partner a question which was also determined by the lead facilitator and write the answer in each square. The students sprang into action, looking for partners who shared birth months, the same number of siblings they had, etc. When a time limit of 20 seconds was announced, things got even more hectic, with everyone scrambling to find partners, yelling out their characteristic, livening up the atmosphere.
By 5:15 p.m., the second game was introduced. The Zoo Game split everyone into groups, with one facilitator each. The rhythm-based game was explained by the facilitator of each group, and they played, eliminating anyone who was out of rhythm in order to find the champion of each group. Unfortunately, the game was cut short at 5:35 p.m. where everyone moved to the second event hall, one group at a time.
By 5:40 p.m., everyone had moved to the second event hall, and the food and drinks were served. The second half of the event started off with an acapella performance of When I’m Gone by Rachel. Her melodious vocal performance was followed by a fun duet by Aaron Teoh and new student, Yee Wen with Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You. The final performance to knock everyone’s socks off was by none other than HELP University’s MONO Dance Club with their spectacular routine that took home the first prize for the talent competition held a week before.
The actual final performances were impromptu, as chairperson, Rebecca Lai opened the floor for any of the new students to come up and perform. Two brave souls, Nicole and Eric stepped up the challenge: Nicole with her sweet voice, and Eric with a freestyle dance routine. Both managed to bring the house down with the overwhelming support from their peers. Both performers received prizes from the committee for stepping up to the challenge.
The event wrapped up at 6:15 p.m. with the photo booth opened for any of the students to take pictures with each other to keep this day in their memories for years to come. In short, the event was a success for anyone looking to enjoy good food with good company.