I get by with a little help from my friends

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‘Tis the last day to sleep in… Guess what, guys? The new school year starts TOMORROW!!!! :O The members of the 4th SPSC are now Year 2s, OMG! One year has already flown past! Wow, let this soak in…

Any-o-how, on Friday, we held Orientation 2013 for our dearest juniors! It was a looong day, for both the Year 1s, and the Year 2s involved. I must say, good job and THANK YOU to SHS Club, our Orientation ICs Mun Teng & Cherie, Games IC Jia Qian, all the OGLs (Sabrina, Norris, Gordon, Joan, Jean, Reza, Syafiqah, Alex – I hope I didn’t miss anyone out!), and the volunteers!! I certainly hope the Year 1s had a good time getting to know each other better, and finding out more about Physiotherapy, the school, and SPA.

During Orientation, I had to give a welcome cum introduction of SPSC speech to the Year 1s. Boy, was it nerve-wrecking. Well, the Year 1s seem to have been paying attention 😉 Here’s an excerpt from my speech!

I am Afiqah, from the 4th Singapore Physiotherapy Student Council, or SPSC in short, and it is with great pleasure that I welcome you here today. For some of you, physiotherapy may be your first choice, while for some of you, this may have been your last choice. Nonetheless, there is a place for each of you here, if you are willing to take a leap of faith and embrace this new culture and lifestyle. School officially starts next week, and you will begin to notice how fast-paced it is and how overwhelming it may become. It is somewhat akin to “trying to get a glass of water from a fire hydrant.” Just because this is a diploma, this does not make you or the course any less than what your friends in Unis are facing. That being said, with an awesome set of lecturers and a group of good friends, I’m pretty sure most, if not all of you will be able to enjoy yourselves and have a great learning experience over the next 3 years. Just remember to hang in there even when you’re stuffed with back-to-back practicals and assessments. “Happy is the man who avoids hardships, but how fine is the man who is afflicted and shows endurance.” – Prophet Muhammad (SAW). So remember, stay strong!

I can’t believe that I actually had to explain what that fire hydrant thing meant. Hope none of you readers will ask what it means! 😛 And with all credits due… I was watching some Freshmen welcome speeches off Youtube for inspiration and I must say this one from AU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BmGs0nhcX0) was most inspiring and moving for me, and that is where the credits of the fire hydrant quote goes to! 🙂

And for the Year 1s who are interested in joining the 5th SPSC…

We are not your ordinary sai kang warriors. We are an all-rounded organization…

We are looking for people with HEART, passion, and the willingness to serve and give back to the community or in this case, our profession. It will not be an easy journey but it is a rewarding one, for you learn so much. You learn about yourself, about others, about human interactions, and how to deal with situations. More information on how to sign up will be given to you in a few months’ time, after you have settled down so no rush. 🙂 The key thing though, is to have heart enough to continue striving.

Alright, I think that’s enough talking from me! Please enjoy some pictures I managed to snap during Orientation!ImageImportant things to take note for the Year 1s!

Year 1s, also do remember to report at 0815h at Blk H tomorrow, with $50 for your lecture notes!


Our course manager, Ms Audrey Lim, giving a briefing about our course.

ImageThe Year 1s during the Treasure Hunt games!







ImageA talk by SPA’s Mr Derek Tan on ‘What It Takes To Be A Physiotherapist’.

For all of you out there resuming school, having finals etc, ALL THE BEST! May the force be with you / May the odds be ever in your favour! 😛

To the Year 1s starting out, hang in there! You’re gonna have a time of your life! 😉

One last excerpt!

“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.” I therefore urge you to take the rest of the afternoon and get to know more people. Build your circle of friends who will support you and help you every step of the way. Most of all, remember to have fun and enjoy yourselves!



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