Wow, all this parting shit is getting real man…
This past week has been not just an emotional ride, but also a physical battle. Friday was the last day of classes, ended it on a high note with awesome snacks during Japanese class from our very awesome Japanese teacher, followed by lots of running, soccer & gym sessions, end of semester dinner by the SSA, and finally the Ironman 3 movie at night.
On Saturday, I also went skydiving in Ohio with Ming Swin, Joel, Choon hua and Fabian. Woke up early in the morning despite having slept late the night before from the movie, and alongside my muscle aches from the soccer. And so, we leaped off a plane at a really insane altitude. I swear that was some crazy shit; I used to be even afraid of taking the massive escalator in Orchard, and I ended up jumping for almost 123499872 x that height.
It’s definitely a must-do, but I don’t thing I’d ever want to do it again. The flight up was really uncomfortable though – being squashed into such a small plane with so many people. If I had a muscle cramp (which I did while playing soccer the day before) in there, I think I’ll not be able to recover at all. The plane ride up was so slow and hot, and it felt like I’m sitting on a roller coaster which will never reach the top, and the anxiety just kept building up. The scary part was when the door was finally opened some 11,000 feet above ground, and I was told to put my feet outside the window…
Actually, once I overcame the fear and leaped it wasn’t that bad. Free fall was actually pretty fun, and the view was awesome! I could still remember screaming like crazy, despite being unable to hear myself from all the wind gush. Can’t wait for the video to be sent to me though. I felt like s*** when the parachute opened. The harness almost choked me, and I couldn’t breathe; on top of that, I thought my thighs were getting burnt from the uplift of the harness. Although it was fun when the parachute was maneuvered (makes me feel like I’m a bird flying around), I started to get some motion sickness soon after and almost thought I would puke airborne. After the leap, the world now looks different.
Sunday was the day Jie Yee left though. After a fun night together at Catman after skydiving, I stayed over at Ming Swin’s and then sent Jie Yee off to the airport in the morning. Then I started to realize I won’t be seeing many people here again, at least for a long time. After having spent a wonderful semester in CMU (with all the mahjong, poker, karaoke night amidst the insane school work), I suddenly realize I actually might miss this place and the people.
And so, I’ve just got about a week to decide if I wanted to stay in CMU for another 3 semesters or Imperial College for 2 semesters. Tough choice, especially when considering the opportunities in both places, the things I would be learning, and the people I’ll be spending time with.
On a separate note, I was supposed to go to Alaska for the summer, but turned out that i would be headed to Rwanda instead, because the people in Alaska withdrew. Honestly, I feel that 10 weeks in Rwanda might be a little too long for me to enjoy the experience – living is tough conditions, eating not-so-delicious-vegetables for meals. And I do agree that I would actually be better off staying in Pittsburgh for 6 weeks to complete my final project instead. By then again, I think this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so I somehow agreed to go for it. Hopefully it all pays off.
On a happier note, I just had an interview with Microsoft Singapore, and it sounds like a pretty fun job. Hope to hear good news from them soon!