And so it begins — 10 weeks of studying in one of the most renowned universities in the world.

This is the first time I am travelling out of town for two months. Excited as I am, I was a little saddened by the fact that I wouldn’t be able to see the friends and family I left behind at home.

The first week, a leadership skills programme called LeaderShape helped to alleviate whatever doubtfulness and homesickness I felt sporadically in this adaptation period. Plenty of time was given to us to mix and mingle with each other, and it was not long before we became somewhat like a big family. Apart from learning much about the way to “lead”, a more important aspect was that the MIT students who had come to join us in our programme, and us SUTDians were as one by the time the week had ended. We were chatting, laughing, and singing along to songs together on the bus trip to MIT. (LeaderShape was held outside of Boston proper, in a town called Sharon.)

The U.S.S. Mississippi.


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