Basser + Medicine = Hogwarts
I've officially been "down under" in Sydney for 3 weeks and 1 day as of today... Though 22 days may seem a short period of time to many people, the journey I've travelled so far has been a medley of ups and downs. But I've come to realize the marvels of a newly discovered equation and that is:
Basser + Medicine = Hogwarts
Some of you may be scratching your heads by now or pry open your mouth exclaiming, "Huh?!" at this seemingly ridiculous equation. But don't get fooled as I lay down for you the evidence...
Let's start with Basser College, the residential college I'm currently residing at, in case you didn't already know. Basser College is one of the 3 Kensington Colleges (like how Gryffindor is one of 4 houses in Hogwarts). We all share facilities including the bathroom and like how head boy and girl in Hogwarts get bigger rooms and private baths, the tutors here get their own flats and private showers as well. There's of course the ever familiar common room but we label it as The Birdcage here in Basser. And the striking similarity to Hogwarts would definitely be the dining hall which we share with the other 2 colleges: Goldstein and Baxter. We've got long benches flanking long tables plus the portraits of the 3 founders (of course, they're each named Basser, Goldstein and Baxter) plus the badges and banners of each of the 3 colleges. Oh, and did I miss out the lighting deco? (though it will not match Hogwart's "night skyline" with the "moon and stars")... There's also the annual cup and board of honour... Hmm, did I miss out anything? :p
You may now say, "Ok, ok, I understand how Basser is similar to Hogwarts but what has Medicine got to do with Hogwarts?!"
Well, let me first clarify that in UNSW, all medical students are split up into 4 colleges: A, B, C and D. And according to a senior who was explaining how Medicine is so like Hogwarts and Harry Potter, each college tallies with each of the houses in Hogwarts: A's Slytherin, B's Ravenclaw, C's Hufflepuff and D's Gryffindor (which is good news coz I'm in College D!).. Then, we've got similar subjects: Biochemistry (Potions), Clinical Sessions (Care of the Magical Creatures), etc. And then you've got super long names you've got to remember and pronounce out loud such as (I can't remember exactly what the term is) is similar to "Wingardium Leviosa" (the 2 did sound alike). Instead of the long Hogwarts robes, we've got our labcoats and of course, the stethoscope is our wand... Then again, you can't run away from lecturers and facilitators who'll either remind you of Minerva McGonagall or even Severus Snape! So far, I've been lucky not to get any "Snapes" (probably coz I'm not in College A @ Slytherin) but I've yet to attend my 1st Biochemistry session (think Potions) which I may encounter a "Snape"... Oh, and the part that the senior said that made us all freshers beam with pride? "Just like how hard it is to get into Hogwarts and only a selected few are admitted, you too have made the cut for Medicine in UNSW." ^_^
I rest my case.