E-Plaza (EP) recently held their event called ‘Survival Night’ on May 13, 2021 via Zoom. The survival event was a series of different and unique activities and games where all the participants contributed and had a pleasant time. They were given an opportunity to meet and connect new people and befriend them.
The event began with an ice-breaking session led by one of the organizing EP staff through a wheel game. The wheel game operated via an algorithm of a program that chose a random question and assigned it to each participant to answer, letting them know a bit more about one another before starting the main content of the survival night.
The theme of the event was set in such a way that the participants were left on a deserted island and had to earn points in coconut units to buy basic survival kits and then to escape from the island. Everyone was provided with 5 mini games where they were able to score coconuts for every correct answer with a group effort.
The order of the games was as follows:
Identify the song: This was the first game where participants were asked to listen to the initial section of some shortlisted songs. They were then asked to identify the song and the singers.
True or False: In this game, some information regarding Japan was given to everyone. The participants’ task was to guess whether the given information was true or false.
Family Feuds: This was a tricky challenge where some hints were given to the participants and based on that hint, they were tasked to guess 10 objects closest to the given hint.
Scavenger Hunt: This was an interesting game because this stage was to know how organized or well prepared everyone was for any foreseen or unforeseen situations. The game proceeded as one of the EP staff of the Survival Night asked participants to show certain things they have such as a water bottle, hand sanitizer and so on. In this stage, coconuts were distributed accordingly.
Trivia about the World: This game was about universal knowledge of the participants. Randomly picked questions were asked and 4 possible options were provided each. Participants were supposed to tell the correct answer from among the provided options in order to earn extra coconuts.
Finally, the last things to do were counting the total number of coconuts earned and using them to buy survival equipment.
After the event ended, some staff were interviewed regarding the survival night. There were lots of insights gathered among which can be read below:
Hai: Every challenge we encountered conducting this event was pre-expected and we were completely prepared to handle it but when we found out how happy and connective it was to the participants, we had to let them enjoy some more and so the event was a bit longer than originally expected.
Victoria: Everything was prepared well and so working hard and seeing all those happy faces made us proud of our efforts. The scavenger hunt was the most interesting game for me because it allowed us to witness how prepared some were and how funnily humorous most were by their shown material.
As for me, I personally made many friends and got to learn many new things. I am glad I joined the event and hope to see similar programs hosted by EP in the coming days.
The event was able to accomplish multiple agendas, including connecting the participants to EP staff, as well as fellow students whom they were completely unknown to. The event also allowed students to escape from all the stress they may have, and this is being said only after the level of participation and enjoyment of the audience from both E-track and J-track was observed. I was present at the event to observe but the level of excitement and joy was so high that I was unable to resist the attraction. Before I knew it, I was participating actively, as well. As an observer and a participant, I felt this night to be a wonderful one and a complete success for the EP event organizing members.
Are you a big fan of TED talks, or perhaps, interested in organizing a TEDx event and expanding your circle of friends in TIU? If your answer is yes, keep reading to read the opportunities TEDxTIU, a new varsity club, provides to the TIU community.
TEDxTIU is an organization established by a number of TIU students for the purposes of connecting other students within TIU, helping them unleash their talent, and encouraging every individual to express themselves. This is especially for students who want to share their ideas but have no platform to do so. No need to worry anymore as TEDxTIU got you covered.
I interviewed some of the students who were involved in TEDxTIU last semester and this is what they had to say…
Bhutmee, who attended some of the workshops TEDxTIU organized, says, “TEDxTIU gives you the platform to expose yourself and make new friends.”
Mika, a member of the TEDxTIU team, says, “One thing I love about TEDxTIU is that the members in the club are filled with passionate people. Initially, I joined TEDxTIU to make more friends and also to meet speakers in TEDx events. However, after working with the team during our main event last semester, I was overwhelmed by the people I was working with. Some of them are my friends but I was surprised by their professionalism. I realized that I wanted to be like them. I want to be passionate about something. TEDxTIU allowed me to be myself and sooner, I found myself enjoying being part of the team.”
Saki, the president of the club, says: “I initially thought of organizing a TEDx event which is very fitting to our highly diverse TIU community. While it took me and a few friends establishing the organization, we were able to form a circle and now, a varsity club, that I believe has helped a great number of students to use and develop their talents and skills, as well as make great bonds despite language barriers and diverse backgrounds. Through TEDxTIU, I, on behalf of the organizing team, hope to make a platform where the TIU students can share and hear new and great ideas through TEDx events, along with small workshops for self-development.”
Last December, the TEDxTIU organizing committee organized a TEDx event called “Countdown” held virtually to address and understand the climate crisis. Six notable speakers had their own original TEDx talks on topics that matter but are not heard by many. Hosted by eloquent and humorous emcees, the event most certainly provided a unique experience for the TIU community, alongside some cool performances. You can still watch the recording via this link: https://fb.watch/5nwjkCynB9/
TEDxTIU is still growing and slowly taking root in TIU. Given the opportunities and platform by the group, you should definitely join the events and workshops by TEDxTIU and give yourself a chance to be a part of something wonderful and life-changing.