Warm Welcome to UoM Freshers 2009/2010!

University of Mauritius

Ahem, Ahem (Clearing the Throat, lol) Guys and Gurls, freshers of the University of Mauritius,….a new life is gonna start as from Monday 10 August 2009! University Life, Uni Student Life: its a different world folks, its the best moments of your life!

We hope that you have enjoyed your Orientation day and you have been “oriented” to the buildings, locations which are essential for your 3/ 3+ year course. However there are still lots of places which you have to explore by yourself given that the 3 hr orientation is not sufficient to visit the whole Réduit Campus.

Secondly, your programme co-ordinator. This is the lecturer who is assigned to help you during your course. He will be sending important information to your class representative. Yes, you have to elect (given we are in a Democracy) class representatives (usually one boy and one gurl). These lucky folks will liase with lecturers, faculty representatives, student union, programme co-ordinator and forward to you important communiqué. Elect someone who is cool and has a friendly personality and who is ready to “servir le peuple”! :)

Thirdly, communication within the class. Ok folks, given that you will spend your coming 3 years with these guys/gurls, you have to get to know them. Talk with them – what’s your good name, which college you went, where do you live (maybe you get a bus compagnion), do you know any of lecturers here, do you know any friend who has already done this course, why you like this course etc. etc… Its really important to have a method of communicating with your class. The most common one being, in this internet era: Email! You receive an official University Mail (for life) as yourfirstname.yourlastname@umail.uom.ac.mu. You check your mails by going on mail.umail.uom.ac.mu.

Maybe you are not used to check your emails because of slow (56 Kbps) or no internet connection at home. But you will be communicated important info. via your e-mail for eg. a last minute email from a lecturer cancelling the class on the eve, or even in the morning..eihhhhh….important to check mail na? Furthermore, having a common mailing system for your class is important. Honestly I think the idea of opening a class email like: engineering09@yahoo.com and sharing the password with the class is not a good idea. Avoid this! you will suffer from problems like someone deleting received mails on the inbox so that others can’t access the info. As part of the solution, open a common mail like: engineering09@googlegroups.com so that by sending an email to this address, all students subscribed to this mailing list can receive the email, with no problem in their inbox. Create a google group on Groups.google.com.

Fourthly, prepare your computer dude/ dudette. You gonna need the printer, the appropriate software (MS Office for eg.), and an internet connection. Your PC or Mac (:D) or notebook PC (even better) will be your must-have tool in order to prepare assignments. Yeps, Assignments, deadline, virus in pendrive, crap net connection at the UoM labs, printer cartridge over etc. etc. this things will happen.

Fifth, Student Union and Faculty Representatives, Council Representatives. You will be called upon to vote for candidates. You will innocently be called at the voting box (usually Raised Plaza). Just be careful on your choice of voting. I won’t elaborate here.

Sixth, Don’t expect Spoonfeeding here at the uni. Yeps, don’t live in the illusion of being breast-feeded here folk. Ha,,its different here. You get powerpoint handouts, tutorials, research papers, notes taken etc…but not necessarily that these will be enough. Even the lecturer explanation is sometimes not enough (let apart some lecturers who don’t even care to explain well). Again, as part of the solution: Maryé Piké. Yes, groupwork helps. It is an efficient method at the university. To share knowledge amongst class mates. Remember:

A student acquires a quarter of his knowledge from his/her lecturer, another quarter from his/her own intelligence, another quarter from Uni friends, and the last quarter, in course of time, from experience”

Seventh: Enjoy university life man! Enjoy to the max. lots of events in the campus, parties, outings, joining badminton club, joining a society (Active Societies on the UoM Campus), festival celebration…etc etc.. Lots of things to do and enjoy with friends….Don’t hesitate to enjoy, you will regret it afterwards when you join the routine world of work!

Eight: Do an important Time Management. Remember you are sacrificing a lot of things in order to come and study at the university. If you know only “Fun! Fun! Fun!” in the campus and no “study”, then you are stuck my friend. Grab a few books and read a few uni articles from time to time.

Well, what else as precious advice to Freshers?? do not hesitate to comment guys…

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Well, you can browse even more articles by digging in these categories: University of Mauritius and Uni Student Life!

Bloggers guys (who are mostly from UoM or ex-UoM), if you have interesting link concerning UoM, please do paste!….

To Freshers, do not hesitate to open a blog (wordpress.com or blogger.com) to share the goodness of being a fresher UoM Student. Believe me, blogging is healthy for your Student mind which is supposed to be a mind able of Critical Thinking!

Ben, c tou pour l’ instant, with the below words, I pen off…

Wish you a warm welcome to the University of Mauritius, Réduit Campus!

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46 thoughts on “Warm Welcome to UoM Freshers 2009/2010!

    1. Ahh the societies on the Campus….There are so many and even more to take birth the coming years. However some societies do a good job – organising seminars, workshops, presentations – Academic, organising events (though the programmes are sometimes more flop than success)

    2. Societies were a good way to change the students from the usual apprane gramatin tantot .. but force est de constater .. that with the current pressure put on the students’ shoulders to pass and to study hard and that it is sooo terrible to fail.. guess not many will be joining those societies..

    3. Yes, you rightly mentioned: it is sooo terrible to fail..

      Failing modules is SHOCKINGLY quite common! I was astonished by how folks do indeed fail modules, for various reasons including Participation in societies. This has unfortunately force them to bunk classes and the results are obviously catastrophic.

  1. Very well said,mo sire sa pou aide ban freshers la xtra buku..et 1 ti zafer,pa zis class rep ki kav ggn liase ar fac rep mai tou zelevs..;)

    1. Hi Atish, FLM Fac Rep!
      ahhh okie dokie, ben, I will liase with you concerning the issue of not being allowed to bring bottled water to be able to drink after hours of reading in the UoM library. It feels ironic to be prevented to bring your water bottle by the Security officers and they themselves keeping their stock of bottled water asides their table.

  2. Nice post ;)

    I like point 7 :P
    But UOM students are now unfortunate… No alcohol in public places :P
    Sinon, bassin canard was a nice spot to hang out wiz friends before, after and during lectures LOL.

    1. True bhai Yashvin. I feel not enjoy the Practical Training 2009 as I would had been in the Uni campus. Missing classmates. We planning to organise events in the coming months so that we can enjoy and share how is intern going..

      Ayooooooo, Alcohol, pas kozer….

      Indeed true. Bassin Canard or Shoprite (KFC, of course) or the nice Restau (Tamil League, Rodrigues) around are a nice place to hangout.

      Even the UoM Gym is a very nice place!

    1. Hi Preeya!
      Thanks for dropping by some comments.

      Concerning the UoM Library, during your orientation, much information should have been given to you during library visit guided by one of the library clerk.

      To do a search you use the PCs and open the Browser (which is Internet Explorer unfortunately). The default home page will be Web OPAC,the software which indexes the library records. If this is not the home page, then you type: http://library.uom.ac.mu, which is an intranet of the campus.

      You type in your search keywords or instead do an Advanced search.

    2. pheeeww.. library pane amene zotte !! ena bez la !! .. Orientation is the only day where you supposed to know bout the library and how to get ur books and all.. it will be your most important tool during ur stay at uom !! ..

    3. Yes, ashfaq is once again right!

      Freshers, you are going to spend most of your uni time at the library. The UoM Library, as I have heard is one of the most resourceful in the Indian Ocean. Enfin correct me if I am wrong.

      Using the library is not as simple. There are many new stuff to learn like:
      Fine rate (Rs. 3.00 per day)
      Searching for the required stuff via library.uom.ac.mu
      noting down the shelf no. and locating the book (I sometimes spend > half an hour to locate a book :))
      Using the Dissertation section
      Photocopy place
      Reference Section
      Past Papers section
      Searching for past papers stored online (the search is a bit tricky)
      Groupwork section

      etc etc….

      In fact, sometimes I always meet my friends in the library than in other location in the campus!

  3. Hello Hell Angels Club [im z President]…! welcome to House of Doctors PhDs n such bores…..
    Breaking News…. Im z new prof teaching MSc [HEDGING MODULE] nxt week… anyone who attended my kool massala bajan lectures March09 for hoursssss will B excited to know zat Im back n z House n even cooler than z Doctor himself….
    wat abt organising a NEW CLUB… CREATIVE INTELLIGENSIA CLUB…..N CAMPUS… I HAV JUST EXERCISED MY DEMOCRATIC RIGHT ON CAMPUS TO APPOINT MYSELF AS PRESIDENT… Rules of z Club, fun, humor, brilliance, genius wz modesty… cool fun…. Racists+Communalist abstain , unless they wanna be zapped by my hedging laser-stun gun;
    ok chaps+girls from my fan club… we celebrate nxt week my hallchaal entrance on UoM Campus… let z boring lecturers beware… ahaaa!!
    ok spread z news…
    we meet lunchtime Monday….
    [cfm 422-1960]

    1. Finally we get to hear from the Hedging Expert and UoM Students’ well wishers!

      ben I volunteer for Blogger/ Webmaster for the Creative Intelligensia Club! Let’s have fun, fun and only fun! :D

      Weihhh, Prof Sadek ban campus la jios, prepare zot ban questions (even nonsense ones, li va truv sense depi ladan li!) , nous vas bombarde li! :twisted:

  4. btw, all U Hell Angels;
    i will advise how to join societies, have fun n get 1st class honours…………..
    we do it since the 12th century @ Oxford/Cambridge…. UoM PAS+ XTRA…
    ecouT uva tanD….

    1. ohhh, you mentioned First Class Honours…..euhhhhh

      They say this distinction is meant for future uni lecturers or super brainy research working for a big thinktank company like IBM, Microsoft or Google!

  5. z best favour one can offer Freshers is to liberate their Soul from shyness and mind control from z Authorities….be it UoM or Government…
    I want to teach + guide them to create and re-invent z new Mauritius of z 21st Century.. and not be foolish followers of Ramgoolam, Beranger, Jugnauth who have vampirised our Nation and sucked z blood of the masses to feed their egos….
    i hope to inspire them with the courage and audacity which characterised my CV career path…
    if a fool like me can make it happen, any one can….even Obama…

    1. Yes, yes, yes…we need inspiration!

      You have the best CV eva seen yet. We badly need your guidance on how to force such a CV, or at least which good path to adopt.

      Thanks

  6. I WAS MERELY MYSELF…. KOOL KRAZY KAREFREE KAMWATWALA KAMASUTRA KAMIKAZ KONFIJUNKY KONSULTANT KALAMINDAAS KOMSIKOMSA…
    THE REST WAS JUST MY KARMA…..
    AFTER ALL, WE ARE ALL THE SONS OF MOTHER SITA….

    1. Hi Keshini!
      Glad to know that you found the article interesting. Do not hesitate to “Tell your friend” about reading it and adding anything which perhaps I have missed…
      Thanks..enjoy the new Academic year..

  7. Hi Ashesh,
    Well, I have create a Google group for my class BSc Finance and they find it a bit difficult to join it.
    Is it sure that we will receive all e-mails and attachments from there?
    Did you try it?
    And yes, I have added a link to your blog on our facebook group, because I find your posts interesting.

    Regards,
    Keshini.

    1. Hi Keshini!
      yes, at UoM we have been using Google groups common emailing system or mailing list system, and no doubt, it works! It’s helpful also for uploading of files (for eg. lecture note, tutorials etc) in the group website or to have a page created in order to have discussion on this particular page.

      For your classmates to join the Google group, they must create a Google account with their existing email add (yahoo, hotmail, gmail etc). Then they will be able to access google services like google group.

      Indeed for adding all the new friends to the group, it took me time to get them to understand the system how it works etc.. but finally the effort paid off.

      Having successfully set the emailing system, we are with more than 1000 emails now sent and communicated to our class. Hence this system works, no doubt!

  8. Thanks dear,
    Yes it takes time to explain etc…
    But that’s my work na…
    hey dear, but when I need to send mails to lecturers, how do I do?
    How did YOU do?
    And I think being a class rep. demands lot of patience and the ability to shoulder responsibilities!

    Keshini =)

    1. Hi Zayed! welcome to my blog :)

      Spread my perso blog link to UoM Freshers..

      Hope you enjoyed the Fresher’s party 2009 yesterday!

      Enjoy your stay at UoM

  9. Hi dear,
    Well UoM is indeed z best!lol
    Got loads of friends.
    And yeah, the google group idea has worked!

    Happy New Year!

    1. Hi Keshini! I am glad that this blog post is the best one that I have published in 2009. I dedicate it to the UoM community and to future students interested to join the Best University in Mauritius!

  10. hello Ashesh.
    nice posts indeed.thanks 4 sharing yr experiences at uom. GUESS WT??? with 1 last exam popping up, i am soon gonna end my first yr. m9 is Ba(Hons) English- the most difficult course at Uni if u see wt i mean. its challenging, exasperating at times, interesting and a whole world crammed full of new challenges whereby u r 3 to explore unchartered territories where few would probably dare to go:)its new that av gt the opportunity t come across yr blog.nice one but i did all the stuffs without guidance-independence. n i’ve kept all my experiences in details in my mind and my diary.

    1. Hi Mushirah. it makes me happy that u enjoy reading my blog post. BA English, ok. hope one day get to read your column in an english newspaper!

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