Writer: Adrian Chia
The highly anticipated Room Draw Exercise finally took place on 15 April 2009. An annual ritual whereby all Hall residents continuing their stay next semester would choose their rooms, it was also a night with plenty of drama and action.
All the way leading up to the finale, there was a great build up of suspense and dilemma among many Hall residents as they made the very important decision. During the mock Room Draw Exercise, it was observed that there were a few clashes between the choices of some individuals. Undoubtedly, much brainstorming, negotiations and intelligence gathering must have taken place over the weeks. Weighing the pros and cons of each location, talking to seniors, or even scouting the rooms personally were just some of the methods employed to shortlist one’s choices. But ultimately, it all depends on the number of Room Draw Points one has – the higher one’s points, the greater priority one has to choose his / her room.
Thus, McVin Cheen, a current year 3 Pharmacy senior in Hall, had the honour to be the first guy to choose his room. The number of points he has? 186! (Try to beat that anyone?) His sense of achievement aside, he did not need to think twice to pick his new room A203. There are several reasons for his decision, but the main one certainly has to be his close relationship with his future neighbour, Eddie Tan, who happened to be the male freshie with the highest points (94). Eddie, the incumbent of room A202, decided to pick the same room again. Besides the obvious reason mentioned above, he found his room special because of its strategic proximity to the dining hall. One begins to wonder if there are more important reasons than this…
On the other hand, Hui Ning, with 161 points, was the first girl to choose her room. She was certainly spoilt for choice as she was still undecided up to the last moment! She finally settled for E705, albeit feeling a bit sad and regretful to leave AB Block. Nonetheless, she would be seeking comfort from the nice sea view of her future room, as well as the long flight of stairs leading to E7, which she claimed would make her fitter. Anyway, she is also looking forward to having her Pharmacy classmates as neighbours. When asked about how she managed to get so many points, she revealed that she took part in 7 IHG Sports this season! Mae Yue, with 141 points, was ranked first among the female freshies, and not-so coincidentally, she took part in 6 IHG sports this year (joining sports certainly must have been very rewarding for them)! Being a staunch F-Block supporter, she showed her unwavering love for F Block by picking F403 as her future room.
As the Room Draw proceeded, the process became more and more nail-biting for those who have yet to choose their rooms as their options were diminishing. This year, AB Block was the first to be closed after its quota for seniors was reached. E Block was the next to go as the rooms in E6,7 and 8 were quickly snapped up by seniors. However, it was certainly most puzzling and unbelievable that two double rooms in E7 and 8, traditionally being one of the most sought-after rooms in Hall for their superb view and breezy climate, were vacant by the time E Block’s quota was reached! As the room remained vacant after the first hour, it sparked a scramble among a few interested individuals to look for roommates at the last minute. However, somehow their efforts did not materialise and the rooms would therefore, most amazingly, be reserved for incoming freshies.
As more blocks became unavailable towards the end of the process, residents who initially wanted to stay in those blocks but have yet to choose were forced to compromise and many of them had to make the split-second decision of choosing another option. While they might have to cope with a new environment, it would certainly also be a good opportunity for them to know more people and make new friends.
The entire process ended at around 11.30pm. On behalf of KE Press, we hope you have chosen a room that you would be comfortable living in for the next semester!