Our annual Pre-Departure Talk concluded successfully on Sunday, 16th July 2017, with an amazing turnout of more than 150 guests.
As the very first event held in Singapore for the incoming batch of freshers, our Pre-Departure talk signifies the beginning of a new chapter in Imperial College Singapore Society’s book of life, and the start of an exciting journey for all freshers. This is where all freshers first meet their future course mates and seniors – people whom they will soon grow to know as their second family.
Preparations for the event began early and excited seniors arrived prior to the start of registration to welcome all freshers.
Soon, freshers and their parents slowly but steadily trickled in. Freshers were greeted with goodie bags containing useful items such as files, notebooks, pens and UK SIM cards kindly provided by our event sponsors!
The event began promptly and members of the 35th Executive Committee took turns to engage the audience on a range of topics from pre-departure administrative matters to upcoming events and initiatives. We aimed to address all the concerns the audience had and at the same time, hype the freshers up for the string of events planned for them this summer and beyond! Hopefully the freshers are better prepared for the London weather after listening to all our cold jokes!
The freshers were soon split into their individual courses for a more casual course mingling session! Friendly academic reps and course seniors helped to address any queries the freshers had. Through personal stories, the seniors provided freshers with a better picture of what to expect over at London.
Parents also took the time to clear their doubts with regards to pre-departure matters and life in London. We hope all parents feel more reassured following our sharing!
A delightful spread of refreshments was available for all to enjoy as they continued their lively conversations.
The 35th Executive Committee was heartened to see freshers and parents leave the event venue feeling more informed and reassured. We would like to thank all parents and freshers for making time to attend our Pre-Departure Talk. We would also like to thank all seniors, especially all academic reps, for volunteering your time and for helping to make the event a success. Special thanks to our event sponsors: Furama Riverfront, The Singapore Public Service, Singapore Tourism Board, Singapore-Industry Scholarship, Signarama and giffgaff without whom our event would not have been possible.
We hope the event has been beneficial for all freshers and parents and we look forward to seeing all freshers at our upcoming events, the first of which is Sojourn 2017: Voyagers, our Freshers Orientation Camp!
-Tricia Teo, Secretary (35th Exco)