It was awesome. So, you’re probably wondering if such a simple word can be used to describe such a momentous event? Of course! What I am referring to is not the overused teenage definition of the word awesome, but rather its dictionary definition: “extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration.”
Of course, you don’t want me to go on about dictionary definitions of words, so here I go.
I’d have to say, whipping out my UPass instead of digging around my pocket for loose change or my brown FareSaver was definitely a good start to my day. I’m sure my day began in a typical commuter student manner: waking up at 6:45am, running to catch the bus, and sitting with strangers (though I know they won’t be strangers for long haha).
So, the day began with a speech by the Dean of Science inside Doug Mitchell Stadium. After that, all the Science students went outside to find their MUG leaders. Props to the MUG leaders for coming up with fun and slightly awkward icebreakers which included the typical name and where you’re from, Mingle Mingle Mingle, group arm lock untangle thing, Entourage, this pass-the-squeeze game, and Ninja!
For the next 2-3 hours, we were given a warm welcome to UBC. The 168 CSP students met with Bill and Iyad and at the end, we even got to know an interesting fact about each of our CSP MUG leaders 😛 (thanks Iyad). Then, we trekked around campus to see various buildings, most notably the Buchanan buildings (Is this Buchanan A?), the Chem building, the Biol Building, the Phys Building, and Irving K.
The Pep Rally was all about FACULTY PRIDE. The seemingly eternal rivalry between Science and Engineers was prevalent as soon as we entered the building. To secure our spot as the LOUDEST, we had to beat the Faculty of Arts which is the biggest faculty. As my MUG group soon discovered, I have an extremely loud voice that may result in a temporary loss of hearing (sorry guys haha) to those around me. Because I was sitting on the floor, I was surrounded by all the other faculties which made me cheer until my voice got hoarse. Something I’ve learned today: SCIENCE IS THE BEST FACULTY EVER. YOU CAN’T HANDLE OUR DEGREES.
Oh, and if you’re a Canucks fan, you might enjoy this small fact. Mark Donolley sang O Canada to us! Jealous? Yeah, you better be. But it gets better. This is skinny Mark Donolley weighing in at less than 200lbs.
Now that Imagine Day is over, I’m here writing and waiting for my first university classes to begin at 12pm today. And as a tip for all of you, Majoring in Facebook is not a good idea.