Staying In A University Hall | ZULA ChickChats | EP 77
Then when they were done, they opened the door, I’m, like, “Hey…” Oh my god. Hi! I’m Sam. Hi! I’m Hafeez. Hello! I’m Chow. Hi! I’m Leah, and this is Zula ChickChats! What is that? It’s a chick. – What the heck…
– Oh… Hi guys! Welcome to this episode of ChickChats- and in today’s episode we’re going to be talking- about staying in hall in university. So which uni were you from
and which hall were you guys from? I was from NTU and Hall 12. I was from NTU also, from the best hall, Hall 16. Wow, wow, wow, competitive! Hall 12! I was in NUS. I am in NUS. And I lived in KR and N-House. So for me, I stayed in Residential College. So it’s somewhat like a hall but it’s in UTown. Yeah, they have their own programme. I stayed in Tembusu, yeah… That’s where all the nerds are at. Mmm… fair. – It’s true, it’s true.
– Eh, but the nerds, the nerds are cool. The nerds are real cool. So moving on, let’s talk about
your own personal hall experience. So what are the rooms you stayed in
and also, like, do you have any- like, stories to share about roommates
or, like, horror stories in hall. I stayed in a double room. So, for NTU I think it’s good- ’cause you can actually
choose your roomie before you go in. So thankfully, I chose, like, my friend. And we are still friends lah. So… – That says a lot, that says a lot.
– That’s a good thing. Because having a roommate right, your dynamic with them completely changes eh, is test the friendship one. There are stories of people who, like, stop being friends with their roomies. For my first two years, I stayed with a roommate. And then, in my remaining time
in hall, I stayed in a single room. So you like single or double better? I enjoyed staying in a double room
because I always have a roommate- and it didn’t get very lonely lah. On the other hand, a single room is great also- because, like, things can go my way- easier… like, in terms of the clean-up, in terms of… access to my room. Access to my room. Hmmm, yup, yup. So, you know, you know? Yeah. Feel like there’s some
hidden message behind all these. I lived in… Kent Ridge for one year. Year 1 sem 2 and year 2 sem 1. And then when I did NOC that was year 2 sem 2. And that was when I stayed in PGP. I lived in a single room ’cause- they only have single rooms. And then in the evening, when the sun… shines through my windows… Wah, your room sounds nice sia. Can I live there? Stop it! Super nice! And then I had all these fake flowers, I stuck them around my bed frame. So, like, it was just the dreamiest room I ever had. I think for me, I had the best of both worlds, like, which is a single room but also
having the company of other people- because I stayed in a suite- that has, like, a shared common area. But you cannot choose your suitemates. Yeah, so, you just heng suay
(depending on your luck) whether you get good roommates or not. For my first year, the roommates I stayed with were all seniors. So, we were just, like, hi, bye. But I was very, very lucky when I was year 2, all people that I could click with. So they are still my closest friends up to now. And then, like, two of them were
exchange students who I- – still keep in contact with.
– Awww! Do you have any juicy- roommate gossip stories to share? I know of this couple… that always appears in my friend’s IG Story. 7pm or something, they will be- outside the door… – So, they’ll always, like, make out for, like,
– Huh?! I think, like, a good 5 mins- before they go into the room. Oh my god, but actually building on that right, it’s, like, the seeing into other people’s- Yeah! ‘Cause, okay, so RC is, like, the buildings are all built- very near each other, like, HDBs right? So… if you’re on the top floor of this RC, you can look down into the lower floor of another RC. People don’t realise that. And then, they leave their blinds open. So, my friend, one time, she’s like, “Guys, I looked out of my window- and I just saw this- a couple having sex.” I was like, what! And then, she was like, – “Everybody is talking about it in the chat.”
– Oh my god… And it’s damn bad ’cause, like, how do you tell them also what, right? Guys, just be aware and close your blinds. I think that is a very important rule. I didn’t see anything with my own eyes but- that’s what I heard. I think the walls are quite thin. – The walls are quite thin, yeah…
– Oh! So, when people study too hard, you know, sometimes it can be heard lah. Then… When they study, “Wah this thing damn hard!” Like that… Damn hard! Then, I’m, like, “Okay.” It’s a funny way to study lah. I get what you mean by thin walls. It was my friend’s room. I walked past her door, and then I heard, like, erh! Oh my god! Then I, hold up! Then I put my ear, erh! Then I… I stood with my door open. Then, I leaned against the door frame, like, that. Wait for them. – How long were you listening?
– So how long did you wait? This girl damn creepy ah! Then when they were done, they opened the door, I’m like, “Hey…” Oh my god! They just laughed at me and tell me to go away lor. So, moving on to hall activities, what are the some of the activities- that you guys participated in? So… the way it works in halls, at least for NUS is that- if you want to stay on, you need to accumulate points. And to accumulate points,
you need to participate in- events, functions, run by either your block or your hall. So… I didn’t join anything… I’m not particularly proud about it. Because I feel like hall is a great way to- pick up new things and new skills, which I didn’t get to experience for myself ’cause I was very busy working beyond school also. I couldn’t really accumulate points, but because I spent a lot of time with my block mates, they helped me to stay on for the next semester. So I think for RC we have the same things- but we call them, like, Interest Groups, at least in Tembusu. One of the groups that- I think my friend started was, TFreedom, which is a LGBTQ+ group- that supports a lot of the LGBTQ+
people in the hall itself, in Tembusu itself. That’s something that I feel makes
Tembusu a little bit different- – Yeah.
– in terms of, like, what we offer. I spent a lot of time in NUS Dance. So, like, the club. The NUS club itself. The biggest thing that I did was, to take part in hall dance. At the start of the year, there will be a dance competition- where all halls will compete together. So, that was really fun. And also, I think hall is a very good place actually- to try something you’ve never tried before. Like, in terms of commitments and roles, I joined as a group leader- for orientation camp. I was also in the hall committee. Something I like about NTU is, we have this thing called IHG. So it’s Inter-Hall Games. And there are, like, a lot of different kinds of sports- and, like, recreational activities. What is your biggest culture shock- when you entered hall? For hall, there’s, like, a shared pantry right? And then, that’s where you realise, some people are super gross. We have a microwave oven, and there are stories of people who use the oven- as, like, to dry their socks. – Eeee!
– So- if… protip, if you stay in the older halls,
please don’t use the microwave oven. Sometimes, even the urinal, it’s quite high right? Sometimes, it’s, like, pubic hair on top. – I don’t know…
– Ewww! I don’t know how it got there. I think the biggest culture shock for me right, was the partying culture. Especially at the start of the semester. It’s true. Then they are just always, like, “Do you wanna go out for drinks? Do you wanna drink in my room?” Even though, it is strictly banned. And people get into so much trouble. And they started to clamp down very strongly- towards the end of my hall stay lah. Yeah… Oh! Also the sex culture. So I heard of how there are Whatsapp chats in hall- that are just for hookups. It’s a rumour. Nobody has actually seen the chat… Oh! You have? Anyway… Okay… I mean, so for me, I have not seen the chat but… erm… you know, little birdies that
have told us about these things. Don’t give in to peer pressure. If people around you are doing things- that you don’t believe in, don’t do it. Just be your own person. I don’t know about NTU but I know,
like, if NUS, like, if something happens ah, wah, the whole hall knows about it, like, the next day, that kind of thing. Just be aware of, like, your actions. Yeah… What is your biggest takeaway from staying in hall? I think although there’s a lot of, like, weird stories- about hall and weird things that’s going on, I still really enjoyed my stay. ‘Cause uni gave me a chance to, like, learn how to live by my own. And another big takeaway is, definitely the friends that I’ve made. ‘Cause there are people who
have seen you at your worst. There are people who you can
just randomly knock at the door- and then go inside to talk if
you feel down or anything. I think the biggest takeaway for me- will also be my friends. These are the people who have been there for you lah. Because they are so accessible- and at the same time they are also very, like, I would say, very like-minded lah, in a way, yeah. Independence is one of the biggest takeaways- that you’re going to get. ‘Cause for the first time in my life I had- a place to call my own- and everything that was within this little space right… belonged to me! And it felt so good. It inspired me to want to work towards that again, to someday be able to look- at a place and say that I own this place. The biggest takeaway for me is that, staying in RC or even hall right, made my whole uni experience a lot easier. Yeah- because I had something to go back to all the time after, like, a very long day of classes- and, like, friends who can kinda empathise with what I’m going through. And also, second thing, I think is- a lot about… taking initiative and learning how to, like, start up your own projects and lead- your own projects in hall. Yeah, because a lot of times- you don’t have the opportunity to do that outside. So last question will be, any advice- to the fellow people who are- entering hall in August? I think, anything, like, what you mentioned before, stay true to yourself. But, I think still go inside with a very open mind. Yes! ‘Cause there’s a lot of new experiences
that you’re gonna enter into. There’s a lot of new things you can try, new friends you can make. So I think it’s gonna be a very
exciting time nonetheless lah. I completely agree with whatever she has said. Remember to have fun also. Yeah. Because, like, some people they just go- they just, like, have hall to just study or, like, it’s a place for them to rest after school and whatnot- but they sometimes forget- about the fun aspect of uni life. While you’re having fun, I feel like the fun element can- people might overemphasise on that sometimes as well. So, like, those who get very into all the activities- and it might become very overwhelming for you- and just find your support system. Know who you can rely on- and who you can talk through all your struggles with- and it will help you a lot through your new journey. I think my… biggest advice is prioritise your time. Because that’s something a
lot of people don’t realise. ‘Cause, you know, that whole triangle, everyone, like, you want to- study, sleep and social life. Then people always choose just study and social life. And then they don’t, like, get enough time for themselves. I think that is something very important. Don’t lose yourself in hall. Prioritising your own mental health is, key to having a great life. Right? Yeah! Today we talked about hall culture- and we learnt that as long as you stay true to yourself, you’re gonna enjoy everything- and your new experiences! So, if you guys like this video, remember to leave a comment down below- and also let us know what else to talk about next time. And don’t forget to like, share and subscribe. Bye! Chick, chick, chats.. ChickChats… Chickie, chickie chats…