A few days ago, NUSMS-PBMUKS Freshmen Orientation Camp 2017: Invictus ended.
That was my third ad-hoc that I had joined in my Year 1 in NUS and it was an event that I will never forget.
To put it simply, Invictus 2017 was a hustle. It was purely blood, sweat and tears as we constantly work through our summer holidays to prepare the best orientation camp that the Freshmen will ever experience.
It began almost 7 months ago when I was told that the FOC required members. I was reluctant at first as I had already joined two other ad-hoc before, IAS & Rihlah, and I did not want to risk my education. However, as many had expected, I could not let go of this awesome opportunity to contribute and develop my skills further. You could say that the addiction had kicked in. So, after two weeks or so of contemplation, I decided to just go for it.
And I do not regret it.
From then on, it was months filled with meetings, planning, working and hustling. I was in the Publicity department (as usual), however, despite doing Publicity before in IAS, this position posed a new challenge to me: to outreach to a broader audience.
It was hard trying to test methods and techniques but Alhamdulillah, we managed to do it as we gathered about 80+ sign-ups.
Video editing and Photo editing were also something new to me. It was probably the first time I was placed to record and edit videos for a camp and the workload was pretty heavy. It just gave me a hint of how it would be like to edit a real film.
Alhamdulillah, people loved the videos and I’m just so glad.
Overall, Invictus 2017 was made awesome because of the people that I’d worked with. Without them, I don’t think I would experience the same wonderful things that I did. I truly learned to love them, each and every one of them. I really need to thank them for making my Y1 summer a thrill.
Dear Main Committee Members,
I hope all of you are doing well and I hope all of you are coping well with the withdrawals of FOC (because I am not). I hope all of you are enjoying the well-deserved break from school, work and whatever else that you had. I hope all of you are happy.
It was a pleasure working with all of you. It was a decision that I do not regret and will never regret.
As hard as it was to make the decision, it was a worth it. The experiences and lessons that I’ve gathered from the ad-hoc are irreplaceable. The friendships forged cannot be substituted.
May Allah SWT bless all of you with all the goodness in this world and the hereafter and may He guide all of us to the right path.
I will miss all of you. :’)