An Interview with Vincent Yegon

Writer: Mika A.
Editor: Trang D.

100th Kanto Student Athletics School Championships
(located in Gion Stadium)
Men’s Second Division Best Player Award
10000m Run Track : First Place
5000m Run Track   : First Place


You may be wondering who owns such impressive records. These running records belong to Vincent Yegon, a 3rd-year Japanese-track student at TIU, who was recently awarded MVP (most valuable player) in the 97th Tokyo Hakone Round-Trip University Ekiden Race. In this race, within 1 hour, 5 minutes, and 49 seconds, he was able to pass 14 runners. 

On July 21, 2021, the Campus Globalization team met and interviewed Vincent Yegon at Sakado Campus, Training Center for all kinds of sports in TIU, to get to know more about him and his running experience. 

Vincent is a Kenyan student-athlete who came to TIU to fulfill his dream of studying in Japan and join the TIU (running/track) varsity team. However, Vincent did not start out as a professional runner, but as a junior high school student with a passion for running and training himself physically. Not long after he started, his talent was “discovered” and he was told that he had the potential to compete in running races as a professional. He used to have doubts about his ability and lack confidence in his skills. Turning from a normal kid who considered running as a mere hobby, to running as a professional athlete is definitely not an easy thing to do. However, intimidating as the new path might be, Vincent did not back down and restlessly trained himself for 1-2 years, before being recruited by TIU. This opened up a new future that Vincent never imagined.

Vincent usually practices with “80%” and saves “20%” of his energy for the competition day. This may sound somewhat unconventional, and you may also be wondering why he does not give his all during training. Vincent explains that this is his own strategy to keep himself from burning out, in other words, to any sports player, it is important to always leave some energy for the competition day or else one may get drained easily.

Running is not just about physical training, it also helped Vincent nurture several qualities and crucial soft skills. After each race, his perseverance and resilience are also challenged. It urged him to set a high bar for himself and to have more confidence in himself. 

During training or while running, Vincent listens to Kenyan music as it reduces tension and calms him even during stressful competition. Living in a foreign country – in an international environment – enables Vincent to be more independent and proactive. It also means that he does not get to speak his own language or listen to it very often. Therefore, what actually soothes Vincent most is none other than Kenyan music. Isn’t it healing to hear and get absorbed in the language that followed you since you were born, that your loved ones use to express how proud they are of you? I believe Vincent is very proud and thankful for his home country, the place that raised him to be who he is now–strong and humble.

Furthermore, we also asked how he balances his academic life and sports. He said, “I go by priorities and know what is important. Running is my number one priority. Prioritizing it is important because I believe I cannot continue running forever, there is a limit to it.” However, that does not mean he sacrifices his academics for running. He finds a way to manage his time wisely, and in the midst of the hectic schedule of training, he always saves time for classes and self-reflection.

We also asked about his first impression of Japan. Similar to all other students studying abroad in Japan, he recalled, “Everything from the culture, the language, and the people were totally new and so it was intimidating”. It was no doubt very challenging since he had to adapt and start everything from scratch. The journey was tough, but Vincent has been working hard every day to pursue his dream. 

To end our very inspiring interview, Vincent sent some of his advice to people having a passion for sports, encouraging them to just go for it, follow what their hearts say. Indeed, following this path does not guarantee success, but at least you never need to look down or doubt yourself as you are brave enough to give it a try. 

Moon-viewing Festival

Author: Karen W.
Editor: Aika M.
Translator: Theo F.
Original Language: Japanese

At the advent of Autumn in Japan, several cultural themes emerge and affect different aspects of life – be it literature, sports, or even cuisine. Amongst which, today we would like to write about Tsukimi, or the Moon-viewing festival in English. Throughout history, the moon has always been involved with Japanese cultural practices. Let’s learn more about Tsukimi!

1. What is Moon-viewing?

Moon-viewing is an autumn tradition where friends and family gather and appreciate the beauty of the celestial body. On Tsukimi nights, it is said that the moon can be seen in its brightest and most elegant state. Although, based on the lunar calendar, the festival is also called “the fifteenth night,” Tsukimi usually falls on a different day each year. In 2021, it falls on the 21st of September, a Tuesday.

2. The origin of Tsukimi

Back in the Heian Period of Japan, nobles and aristocrats had the custom of holding banquets under the lunar light. The tradition even spread to peasants later in the Edo Period. Moreover, the Tsukimi tradition coincided with the harvest season and thus became a festival amongst peasants where they show gratitude towards nature and the moon. In combination, these traditions slowly developed into the modern moon-viewing festival.

3. Moon-viewing Offerings

In reality, Tsukimi is not just a festival where you stare at the moon. Special offerings are made to be thankful towards a successful harvest.

The three main offerings are silver grass, moon-viewing dumplings, and agricultural products. Silver grass is said to protect the harvest and be the symbol for good harvest. Round little Moon-viewing dumplings – modeled based on the moon – are the symbol for gratitude. Agricultural products, mainly sweet potatoes and chestnuts, are usually crops successfully obtained from the season.

Conforming to the festive atmosphere, let’s make some Tsukimi dumplings!

Ingredients for 15 pieces

Dumpling flour 100g *

Room-temperature Water 80ml

Boiling Water (amount as you see fit)

Cold Water (amount as you see fit)

*Dumpling flour : available in supermarkets or 100-yen shops

Instructions

  1. Slowly mix dumpling flour and room-temperature water in a bowl; knead them until they are as hard as earlobes
  2. Divide them into 15 equal pieces and roll them into sphere shapes
  3. Put them into boiling water for 2 minutes
  4. As they float up to the surface, wait for another 3 minutes and drain the hot water afterwards
  5. Dip them into cold water
  6. Drain all the water
  7. Done!

*Sprinkle some red beans or soybean flour for an even better taste!

As you can see, Tsukimi dumplings are pretty easy to make. We hope you’ll get creative and enjoy your once-a-year Moon-viewing festival!

Slice of Life Writing Contest

Written by: Saki Arimoto
Editor: Trang Do

Every semester, the English Plaza Library Team organizes a Writing Contest on a timely theme where students can showcase their talents in writing and have their pieces read by other students. To know more about the contest, I invited one of the organizers and also an intern at EP Library, Avanthi, for an interview.

The Writing Contest has been a semester tradition for the EP Library team. They accept works in any style from students submitting anonymously. After the submission period, the team publishes all accepted pieces on their website so that the whole TIU community can enjoy and vote for the piece they like the most. Finally, the work that has the most votes would be hailed as the winning piece of the semester. As a consolation prize to all participants, all works are published as a physical book available in the Library so everyone can take a look at entries from previous semesters’ contests.

Last semester, with the Halloween theme, the contest attracted a great number of interesting pieces. This time, the organizers collectively decided to focus on a theme where students can be a bit more open to sharing, especially during this vulnerable period of time. They have named this theme “Slice of Life.” Avanthi, along with the team, thought that this was a topic many students can write about while at the same time, unleashing their creativity. Participants were encouraged to be as expressive as they wanted. 

This event garnered the most entries with a total of 16 impressive submissions. Among these, the most-voted piece of this semester was “Send to today me”, which we are featuring as follows!

If you are interested to see other entries of this semester’s contest, you can find them here. They will also soon be published in the form of a physical book that will be available in the library like previous entries so do not miss out on that!

TIU International Relations Student Association Interview

Interview held: May 19, 2021
Written by Mika Arimoto
Edited by Saki Arimoto

Have you heard about the big news? The Department of E-Track International Relations has announced a newly established student-led circle under the International Relations (IR) Department — TIU International Relations Student Associations or TIUIRSA. The association aims to promote a more cohesive relationship between TIU students and their beloved professors from the IR Faculty Department. 

To know more about TIUIRSA, I interviewed the president of the association, Nguyen Thi Thai Hoa, who is a 3rd-year IR major and communication member of TIU Model United Nations (TIUMUN). She was elected as the president of TIUIRSA among the 11 core members of TIUIRSA that set the foundation of the association.

Hoa joined in establishing the circle as she found it “interesting to have an academic-related platform where we can tackle issues related to IR.” She also adds that joining TIUIRSA will be beneficial for her future career.

The circle has a number of activities for its members as listed below.

  1. Reading Group

Led by students, this is where they tackle certain topics and discuss the books they have chosen. These Reading Groups are headed by Chairs who propose their topic to the committee heads of TIUIRSA. Students who are interested to become the Chairs can apply during the beginning of the semester and propose their topics. Once approved, they can start recruiting members of the reading group. 

  1. Skill Workshops 

These workshops are mostly facilitated by TIU professors which focus on important topics to TIU students. Most of these are practical skills essential to International Relations in order to promote deeper understanding of IR-related topics.

  1. Academic Journal 

This is the circle’s main project. Their goal is to publish an online newsletter that will consist of a collection of students’ research papers. This will allow not only the spread of the importance of IR but also, showcasing talents of IR students in writing and research. 

  1. Others 

This semester, the circle organized an online party exclusively for IR freshmen. Through this event, students were able to interact virtually with other freshmen, as well as know the faculty members from the IR Department. Furthermore, they also had a ‘Trivia Night’ where participants’ knowledge was tested. They also plan to have more parties and field trips to widen their knowledge on the field of International Relations in the future.

TIUIRSA definitely has a lot in store for TIU students. But, who can join?

All E-Track students are welcomed! TIUIRSA believes that political issues are relevant to everyone and becoming aware of the social issues helps us to become better citizens of society. They are still working on including J-track students especially those who are majoring in IR to allow an interesting exchange of ideas between E-track and J-track students. 

Hoa: There is a range of events such as reading groups, workshops, trivia nights. We highly encourage everyone to give them a try as we believe everyone can learn and also an opportunity to meet people who are interested in the same field, just try to come by.

Special thanks to Hoa for her participation in our interview! And remember to check TIUIRSA out using the contacts below.

Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @tiuirsa

Email: tiuirsa@gmail.com

The Festival of Tanabata

Author: Theo F.

Editor: Aika Matsui

Translator: Kotoko

The lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi are only allowed to meet every year on the seventh day of the seventh month, but what have they done to deserve this?

Tanabata, celebrated on July 7 (Gregorian calendar) or during August (based on the traditional lunar calendar), follows the folktale behind the couple’s melancholic situation. It is said that the festival originated from an ancient Chinese ceremony shichiseki (七夕) where participants pleaded for skills and ability. Amongst the innumerable versions of Orihime and Hikoboshi’s story, one prominent depiction of the folktale describes Orihime as the princess of cloth-weaving.

The diligent Orihime was talented in her craft and her father – God – often enjoyed her masterpieces. Due to her work, Orihime felt dejected as she lacked both the opportunity and time for romantic encounters. In order to cheer his daughter up, God arranged for Orihime to meet Hikoboshi, a cowherd who lived across the Milky Way. The meeting was a success as the two fell head over heels for each other. Soon after, Hikoboshi took Orihime as his wife.

However, the galaxy went haywire once the couple married. Hikoboshi ceased to exert control over his herd of rampaging cows, and Orihime no longer weaved for her customers nor for her father. Furious, God inserted the Milky Way in between and broke the two lovers apart. So that she can see her husband again, Orihime repented and promised to work hard in exchange for yearly meetings with Hikoboshi. God granted her wish and permitted them to meet on the seventh day of the seventh month, where magpies would build a bridge with their wings upon the Milky Way, enabling Orihime to cross.

※If it rains on the fated day, Orihime and Hikoboshi will not be able to meet because the magpies cannot make a bridge over high tide.

Orihime and Hikoboshi’s story is intriguing, but what do we actually do during the festival of Tanabata?

Inspired by some elements of the Chinese practice, Tanabata is a festival where we plead for our wishes to come true. During the festive days of Tanabata, you can see bamboo stalks around Japan with pieces of paper hung on them.

These pieces of paper are called tanzaku (短冊), and festival-goers write their wishes on them. Since bamboos grow straight and tall, it is said that Gods and spirits descend to drive away the impure and grant wishes. Other than hanging tanzaku, participants also often wear yukatas (traditional Japanese clothing) to enjoy the festive ambiance.

For those interested in going to Tanabata celebrations, there are a few major ones around Saitama, Tokyo, and Kanagawa; but due to the pandemic there is a high probability that they will be postponed or cancelled this year. So making your own DIY tanzaku and having a Zoom Tanabata party might be fun too!

Behind the Martinos’ Lens

Author: Theo Fok Tat

Editor: Saki Arimoto

Translator: Kotoko Fujita

Jaida’s New Beginnings at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, Saitama 

Jaida Martino and Austin Martino, our current TIU students, are both talented photographers; born in South Carolina and Hawaii respectively, they have moved across states growing up. The siblings also share a passion for martial arts, but this interview reveals that those might be all that they have in common… 

As a hobby, Jaida had begun with taking candid shots of her friends with a small ¥1,300 camera. Although she might vaguely remember the fun episodes in her life, these snaps allowed Jaida to crystallize and physically store captured memories. They enable Jaida and her friends to reminisce about the meals they have shared and the colourful evenings they have spent together. Jaida also loves to combine her photography skills with her other hobby – travelling – as she has recently begun monetizing her craft in the form of stock photos.

For Austin, he never intended to get into photography and videography, but a chain of events had led him to pick up his first camera, and he explained that he was glad that it happened. Austin enjoys documenting the lifestyles of people; he believes that as social beings, we all have normal struggles and it is important to acknowledge them. As a freelancer, Austin is working on commissions that paint the genuinely of familial and romantic relationships. 

To illustrate some of their motivations, Jaida and Austin shared some interesting stories behind their work.

One morning, as the maternal side of her family was preparing for family portraits, Jaida decided to snap some candid “behind the scene” shots. Her album captured the sincere homely moments as “the girls were fixing their hair and the boys were chattering about something or other.” Jaida wishes that in the future, she and her family can immerse themselves in nostalgia and treasure their bonds as they flip through the album.

To Those Also Looking for Their Passion – one of Austin’s recent videography projects – is a cinematic that follows Ayush and his voyage. The narration captures the university student’s honest endeavors as he continues his journey to discover his way of life. Through this piece, Austin hopes to inspire and convey that there is nothing wrong with being lost in life, and that it is important to face forward and keep going.

Towards the end of our conversation, I asked how they were able to balance the hobby aspect and the work aspect of their crafts. The Martino siblings believe that it is inauspicious to have an employer as an artist, since when a third party regulates your art, it is no longer “your art.” They insist that it is crucial to pursue projects that you enjoy and feel inspired doing. Furthermore, Jaida asserts that “when you define yourself as something you do, then that’s where things get dangerous.” She maintains that although it is difficult to find the balance, take it easy because there is so much more to life than just identifying with one thing.

Indeed, passion and its values are different for different individuals. Especially for Austin, he believes that “nowadays, we tend to just do photography for the colours and Instagram clout, but at the end of the day, photography is really about remembering the moment and the meaning.”

Jaida has been working on product photography. You can find her on Instagram at @jaidakins 

Austin is currently honing his skills as he works with a professional videographer. Visit Austin on Instagram at @auz_martino 

Tracy: Part-time Teacher and Part-time Traveller

Written by Saki Arimoto
Edited by Theo T. Fok
Translated by Kotoko F.

As an international student, one can experience unforeseen difficulties. But at the same time, one can also have new discoveries about the culture and traditions, as well as about oneself. I interviewed a friend, Tracy, or Minh Tam by birth, who shared her ongoing journey to self-actualization in Japan.

Tracy is a junior majoring in Business Economics. Interestingly, people call her different names depending on how they met her. Among her friends in school she goes by Tracy, while she uses Min at work. She is fond of the color pink as she believes it symbolizes her personality – bright and positive. She had had quite a number of experiences outside the university that molded her to how she is as a person now.

Tracy: I have done a lot of part-time jobs. The first one was factory work during my first year in the university. I had to pack the food by putting it into a plastic bag. I was introduced to this job by a friend, but to be honest, I didn’t really like the place since I was not allowed to speak with my coworkers. After nearly a year, I quit the job, and looked for a job that allowed communication in Japanese. I found a job at a sushi restaurant. I have been working there for around two years already and I stay there until now because I really enjoy working there. Not only do I get to know more about Japanese traditional food, but I am actually able to use my Japanese, and I can tell I have improved since then. I actually dream of opening a sushi restaurant of my own in my home country, Vietnam.

Aside from the sushi restaurant job, Tracy also works at a family restaurant.

Tracy: I recently got another job at a family restaurant and the more interesting thing about the job is I am able to talk directly to customers in Japanese, unlike at the sushi restaurant where I only speak to my fellow coworkers in the kitchen. I realize how much I enjoy speaking Japanese whenever I speak to Japanese customers who are, most of the time, nice and welcoming. On top of this, my boss is also very nice and laid back so I think it is a very different experience, and I enjoy it the same.

She also adds that she works as an English part-time teacher.

Tracy: My favorite job among all the ones I have been doing is teaching English to kids. I found this job using a platform where they connect teachers and students. Fortunately, someone hired me to be their teacher. I have been teaching for more than two years and I have gotten really close to my students. And before the class starts, I usually feel very tired but as soon as I meet the students and see how they have improved in English, I feel a sense of happiness and in a way, I get my energy from them.

Needless to say, Tracy is a hard-worker. And so I wondered what she does during her free time if she had any.

Tracy: I love traveling. Actually, when I arrived in Japan, I got the impression that the sky was so blue and beautiful, and realized I have to see more beautiful places. I put a portion of my salary aside for traveling so that when either the summer or winter break comes, I can go on a trip somewhere with some friends.

Up until now, she has been to Osaka, Niigata, Kusatsu, Nikko, Nagano, Enoshima, and Yokohama, among others.

Tracy: I record all my travels on my Instagram account using the highlight feature. So whenever I go to a new place, I make a new highlight and it gives me a sense of achievement. Also, when I want to travel but do not really have the luxury to do so, I go to the station and ride the train until the last stop then take the train back to the station. This might be a bit weird but I enjoy seeing new things.

Another thing Tracy loves to do is photography in which she found passion within her stay in Japan.

Tracy: I used to love photography back in Vietnam but I was not able to do much photography until I could afford decent cameras. Thanks to my part-time jobs, I was able to purchase an Instax camera and a DSLR one which led me back to my passion. I am mostly into taking landscape photos and some portrait photos of my really good friends. I have a separate account for my photography and not only do I post photos there, but I also include some short stories or messages mostly about my time here in Japan.

Tracy used to only focus on academics when she was a high school student in Vietnam, but after coming to Japan, she realized that there is much more than that to life. “Working in different places is a way for me to experience the Japanese culture and make friends,” she emphasized. Of course, as an international student – and especially for Tracy – there are times that one can feel homesick. She keeps herself occupied so she can stay positive; she believes that having such a lifestyle is important to overcome hardships. Furthermore, she advises her fellow international students to “keep smiling, spread positive energy, and take on an adventure!”

You can see more of her beautifully-taken photos on her Instagram @takenby.tracy

What is ESS?

Written by Mika Arimoto
Edited by Saki Arimoto

Our university is well-known for its highly international environment that encourages more connection within the TIU community through services such as E-Plaza Team’s Peer English Practice or PEP service and J-Plaza’s Conversation Partners. Speaking of learning languages, we have a club that promotes English learning outside the classroom. This club is none other than the English Speaking Society or ESS club. I interviewed Tomoya and Kazuki, two members of the club, to share with us what ESS is.

Kazuki Saito (President of E.S.S. and English Communication Major

Tomoya Suzuki (2nd year, also English Communication Major)

According to Kazuki Saito, E.S.S. is a club that allows students from both E-track and J-track students to participate in activities like discussions and debates. He is the current president, and Caisa, an E-track student from Sweden, is the vice president. Currently, they have 50 J-Track students and 10 E-Track students. 

Kazuki: We joined E.S.S. mainly to improve our English ability as knowing English will be a great advantage for good career opportunities. We also heard from our senpais about the activities which sparked an interest in us. We also thought it was a great opportunity to make friends.

Tomoya: We can tell that E.S.S. has greatly helped us with our English ability. During meetings, we do icebreakers and discussions. For discussions, we are divided into small groups where we discuss different topics such as travel, films, and the like with the use of English. These activities also allowed us to meet people not just from J-track but also from E-track. These definitely expanded our knowledge of cultures from different countries.

Annually, TIU ESS collaborates with other ESS clubs in other universities in Japan which allows them to grow their network outside the university. Furthermore, they also hold the “Freshman Speaking Contest” every year, and will take place this coming July 10.

Due to coronavirus, the club has been holding their meetings online. They have adapted to using Zoom, and experience inevitable connection problems that cause some members to sound “choppy.”  On a brighter note, they found it interesting to see people’s homes abroad.

“E.S.S. is a very casual club where you can make friends and improve your English skills which will be beneficial in future careers. You will be able to maximize your university life and meet people from different countries! We meet every Tuesday and Friday 5:30-7:30 pm. We hope to see you there!”

Special thanks to Kazuki and Tomoya for participating in our interview! Lastly, to those who are interested in joining, make sure to follow their Instagram @tiu_esgram.

The U.G.G Experience

Written by Theo F.
Edited by Saki Arimoto

Note:All pictures were taken before coronavirus

U.G.G, an extracurricular club founded here at Tokyo International University, is home to many dance enthusiasts of different backgrounds. From hip-hop to funky rock, they are known for a wide variety of styles. For Shinzui, dancing makes him forget the stress and enjoy the fun of the moment.

To learn more about U.G.G, we interviewed Shinzui – a Chinese/Korean senior majoring in International Relations. According to the dance club member, U.G.G stands for Under Ground Groovers. In the past, they have participated in numerous competitions and performed for different venues. Just to mention a few, Shinzui described his experience at the Annual Kanto Spring Dancing Competition (Koto, Tokyo) where U.G.G faced other universities all over the region, and how the club would rent a studio in Kichijoji (Musashino, Tokyo) every June. During summer, the club would travel to other parts of the country, dance till late at night, and enjoy exotic food. Towards the end of the year, U.G.G would hold parties for its graduating members. Consequently, U.G.G is often considered as one of the most active and fun clubs on campus.

During our conversation, Shinzui revealed that he was actually, for a long time, the sole non-Japanese member in the dance club. Curiosity took over and I decided to ask him to share his story.

Sneak peek of UGG’s usual practice

As a freshman, Shinzui had originally wanted to join the university’s wind orchestra. However, he had been turned down as they had enough members at the time. After attending the extracurricular orientation, Shinzui had contemplated trying his second choice – U.G.G – where two walls stood in his way: cultural differences and inexperience in dancing. Although Shinzui had been able to speak Japanese, cultural differences had restricted his ability to get involved in Japanese banter, among other instances. Furthermore, unlike Shinzui, most of the past members had had prior dancing experience. In order to overcome his shortcomings, he increased his Japanese capabilities, devoted a lot of time for practice, and asked for advice from his amiable upperclassmen. As a result of his earnest effort, Shinzui has become able to converse naturally and dance adeptly with his fellow members.

According to Shinzui, there were E-Track students who joined U.G.G but quit after a short while as they were not able to handle the language barrier. Shinzui stressed that “a foreign country will not accommodate you, you need to adopt their customs.” He believes that there is nothing wrong with stepping out of your comfort zone and working hard to have fun.

I bumped into Shinzui with his Japanese friends at the station last week. He for sure was enjoying his efforts.

U.G.G meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 16:40 to 19:00 in Lecture Hall 314. Interested students are welcome to come and try it out. Follow Shinzui on Instagram at @jangjinseo0 and U.G.G at @ugg_official_tiu

E-Plaza’s Survival Night

Author: Blazee
Editor: Saki Arimoto
Translator: Kotoko

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.