As the summer break approached, a fresh batch of Malaysians stepped foot into the land of baguettes, equipped with nothing more than a month of preparation, MASAF set out to organise the annual Orientation Week Tours (OWT) on the 14th of July 2018 to warmly welcome the FP-19 batch.
The programme started off with a casual sharing session between the MASAF representatives and the new students in the meeting room at the Parc de Grandmont residence where the students reside. The objective of this session was to introduce MASAF and to share tips on adapting to the lifestyle and education of the French. When asked about what he thinks of MASAF as a student body association, Shonn Ko (FP-19) replied, “It is amazing to see how Malaysians are still connected despite studying all over Europe through the various activities which allow them to stay in contact with their old friends while making new ones.”
“France is amazing but it’s difference from Malaysia is definitely vast. The French are polite, the food and the weather are equally good, except I would prefer more foods that would make me hot and sweaty rather than days”
The day carried on at the Guinguette, where everyone had lunch by the river. During the picnic, more stories and experiences were brought to the table. “France is amazing but it’s difference from Malaysia is definitely vast. The French are polite, the food and the weather are equally good, except I would prefer more foods that would make me hot and sweaty rather than days,” replied Tan Li Xiang (FP-19) when asked about how she found France thus far.
The picnic gave the new Malaysians an intriguing insight as to how life would be in France hence establishing a warm welcome to the start of a new chapter in their lives. Once again, bienvenue! Through MASAF, there will always be avenue, to meet each other again.