Sunday, November 6, 2016

KGSP - IDKAIST 30th Anniversary

After coming back from Dubai, I really wanted to (well not really, but) just work on my ongoing projects. I got ahead of my school work prior to going to Dubai, but after coming back I've realized that it's caught up to me again, so I once again have homework.

Not only that, but Thursday to Saturday marked the 30th anniversary celebrations for my department. Since turning 30 is a big deal, they decided to have celebrations that required the attendance of the graduate students.

Day 1: A design forum.

The first day, Thursday, was a design forum where they invited a bunch of people from around the world to join in on some discussions about design. It was ok I guess. The highlight for me though, was the 6000원 discount coupon they gave us for the school cafeteria.

It was still cafeteria food, but hey, free food. Plus there was enough to cover both my meal and two slices of cake, which made it totally worth it. Day 2 marked the official grand opening of the new lounge on the first floor of our department.

Complete with ribbon cutting and everything.

The lounge was under construction for months now, so having it officially be over with was great. I was tired of the construction. The lounge itself is pretty neat too. The layout is a bit weird, but the space is pretty comfortable. I could see myself using it sometimes.

The highlight of the day once again was the food. They had an all you can eat buffet for the faculty, students, and guest. It was pretty fancy looking food too. Plus they had a table full of wine and champagne, so it was overall a pretty good lunch.

Free fancy food and wine. I am very ok with this.

Finally, day 3 was homecoming, with alumni from IDKAIST's 30 year history showing up and reminiscing about the past and checking out what the department is doing now. There were short demo sessions too where I had to demo someone else's project.

But between the demo sessions was another bout of free food. This time, it was more Korean style food and they got the owners of one of the craft beer places to distribute beer. So again, free food and free craft beer for lunch. These are the school events that I am ok with.

I wish we had these type of meals more often.

Seeing all these alumni show up was an interesting experience. For one, a lot of them did more than one level of education at KAIST, like bachelors and masters, or some even all the way up to PhD. And since it's been 30 years there's a lot of parents now too and they brought their kids.

That's very different than the experience I had at UOIT, seeing how the school is barely a teenager. It was interesting to see all these people reflect on fond memories and even have a chance to bring their family to check out what was essentially an important episode in their lives.

I didn't win anything in the raffle unfortunately.

It really made me think about the relationship I have with KAIST and the industrial design department. If UOIT had an alumni event (and they did), I would go to it (but I didn't because I'm in Korea). If KAIST invited me to one X years down the line, would I?

Excluding the fact that I might not even be in Korea X years down the line, I'm not sure. The event made me kinda realize that I'm not really all that attached to this school. I mean yea, IDKAIST is alright, but there are definitely less positive emotions when compared to UOITGameDev.

But I got to throw a small bag of beans at some random confetti filled container at KAIST.

I dunno. I guess I just felt like I was more a part of the community at UOIT. There's definitely a big difference in that regard.

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