For those who think they can't make it, it's okay. i didn't go to any pre-departure program pun, but seriously, if you can make it, please go.
anyway, back to Hanifah, Atikah and Haikal's questions,
Q: how's RCSI?
A :They say, they are fine, thank you. ok,serious. Well, we have 3 buildings (i have no idea how to answer this question.so why don't we start with... errr... their buildings?) one of the buildings is very old. they built it in 1784, if im not mistaken. You are going to have you lectures, anatomy practicals,examination, Starbucks(?) in the old building until you finish your junior cycles ( we have juniors, intermediate and senior cycles). The new building is opposite to the old building and we call it 'new building'..? That's where pharmacy and physiology students will be at most of the times. In the new building, there are also surgical skill labs where you can find all the high tech equipment to do surgery with no need to cut open patient's body. If you join the Surgical Society you can try surgical suturing and laparoscopic skill training in your very first year. ( promote society sikett...) Cool? The 3rd building is our library building and it's facing a mall. I knooowwww, right?? If you are lucky, you can check out ZARA's or H&M's new arrivals just from the library's window while studying your life away. 0_0
this is the picture of the new building. i don't have any pictures of the building without having these people in it.sorry.
and oh, students in RCSI consist of diverse range of people from different parts of the world with different cultures,background and religions. That's why our International Night is the biggest event in our college every year.
Q : how about teaching and learning style in RCSI?
A: Oh, wow. semangat! bagus.bagus. Well, it is integrated-based learning. RCSI use variety of teaching methods throughout the program like traditional lectures, clinical-based learning, practicals as in anatomy dissection and bedside teaching.
Q: The failure rate in RCSI is high. Is it true?
A: Okkaaayyy, almost all the juniors will ask about this. Do not think too much about the failure rate. What matters most is how you study. Medical school is different from SPM, A-level or IB ( IB is more challenging. seriously.it's a nightmare). I think yang paling penting ialah minat dan niat. Inshaallah, you will have a good result and become an excellent doctor one day. So, screw the statistic!
this is how my wall will look like in exam weeks. sad,huh?
Q: do you enjoy your life in Dublin?
A: If you love to live in a hectic,busy and modern city with skyscrapers , you are not going to love Dublin. It is not as hectic and busy as London or Paris or Kuala Lumpur (but for me, it's hectic enough. i am kampung girl, anyway). Well, you have to go there first and experience yourself. I don't know about other people, but i love travelling so much. So, if let's say,i'm sick of Dublin, I will spend my weekend in other city ( check for the cheap flight ticket, first!) For now, i would say Dublin is my second home (can't believe i write this). :)
Q: Living cost in Dublin is expensive. Is it true?
A: Yup, definitely! Their economy is not in a good condition for now. Euro problem some more. You can just google about it. Anyway, if you really live there like how a student should live, you'r gonna be just fine. You can save on food a lot if you cook at home. Yes, please learn how to cook, guys. Seriously.
Q: How's En.Wonderwall?
A: hahaha! He's fine. He's a Malaysian who enjoys his life in Malaysia so much. Don't worry about him.
i guess i answered most of the questions here. So, I guess.. see you soon in Dublin?