So the event was planned to begin at 8pm on the 20th of August, but due to some miscommunication between the organising committee and the university bus drivers, we ended up leaving for the hotel only after 8.30pm. Not a good start to the night if you ask me. Upon arrival to the hotel, as soon as we were all seated, the event was underway. Our beloved dean was of course present, so too were the deputy deans, HoDs, course coordinators as well as lecturers. Even the laboratory assistants and demonstrators made an appearance. Oh and not to forget, the team of student’s who represented IIUM at the inter-university Internship Challenge and won it, also attended the dinner, as if the cash prize they received wasn’t enough =p So after the usual speech and doa’ recitation, the main event, dinner!!!! =D Luckily for me, I was seated at the table closest to the food =p
During dinner, the list of recipients for the Dean’s List was read out, and the students took their turns to get up on stage and receive their awards, a certificate and a little gift as well. I got a thermos =p Don’t know about the rest. There were a total of about 100+ students on the list for both semester I and semester II for the year 2006/2007. Many students received the award for both semesters, some only for one semester, but in any case, congrats to them all.
After the dinner and award presentation, the night ended with a mass photography session. All recipients had their photos taken in a large group shot on stage, and after the formalities were done, the students all broke out and started snapping pictures left and right with their hand phones and digicams, taking photos with their friends and lecturers.
However, there was one last little surprise. About an hour long wait for the buses just had to ruin the night. Everyone was tired, exhausted, and wanted to return to campus, but again, a probable miscommunication led to a little more suffering just before the night ended.
All in all, despite the waits before and after the event for transportation, the night was pretty enjoyable. Free food, a cert and gift, felt like a celebrity for the night with all the flashing lights and such, acknowledgement for the outstanding students of the past year, yup, it was a pretty good night. Some even were able to bring back a little doggy bag =p
To all recipients, I say a job well done. May Allah bless us this year and reward all our hard work with success, but lets not focus too much on academic success now, we also have a responsibility to achieve spiritual and religious excellence as well remember. A fine balance between the two is what makes us good Muslim students. To my fellow students, lets make the KoS book a better hotel with a bigger ballroom and better food in the future, lets lengthen the Dean’s List, and insyaAllah, more of us will be attending the dinner next year, amin.
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