The big day – the roll call
Written August 19th 2002.
Today was my very first day as university student. It contained a lot of walking, waiting and listening. But some pretty interesting stuff too.
We (and almost two thousand other new students) gathered at Götaplatsen in Göteborg where we was offered some sandwiches and juice or coffee. A speaker told us that we were right and uhm, well, I really don’t remember exactly what he did say. Anyway, they also handed out bags with a T-shirt with the text “Jag var nästan först på IT-programmet” (“I was almost first at the IT-program”) and a few sponsored items. The reason for the text was that this was the second year that the IT-program even existed. It is a fairly new program, in other words.
After an hour or so of waiting we went on to Svenska mässan, a big trade fair center where we sat down in an large assembly hall. There followed a speech by the principle, and some presentations of different associations. A lot of good information and actually not too boring.
We continued walking, this time with Chalmers as destination. This far into the day I had yet not really got to know somebody, so I thought it was about time to do so. I started to talk to a girl that had been walking next to me for a while. So we chatted a little along the way. Fifteen minutes later we reached Chalmers, and the restaurant Linsen where we should eat. After a extremely long wait in the line for the food, we sat down in small group rooms. As you can expect from twelve people that had never spoken to each other before, the discussion was a bit sparse.
After the food we waited outside the restaurant. I found the girl I’d been talking to earlier and sat down by her. I acquainted myself with some of her friends and we waited together. Half an hour later it was time for the roll call. That was a quick and pain free operation, just a ID was needed.
Meeting our “godparents”
Next thing on the schedule was some more talking from our own “godparents” at Chalmers. Mostly practical tips and other info. Now it was time for us to be divided into several groups. Since this group is the people you will spend much time with in the next months, this is pretty important. On the other hand, you don’t really know anything about the others. These groups were made up by the godparents based on questionnaire that we’d filled out earlier.
When divided into these groups (my contained no of the people I’d got to know) we were led outside of Chalmers into a park (each group went to different places). There we sat down for some hours of chit-chatting and hot dogs.
After all of this, I was actually quite happy to sit on the bus home.
Now as I write this, it is getting pretty late. So if I want to get up in the morning to catch the bus to my second day, I probably should go to sleep now.