This is the second time since I got here that the fire alarm had gone off in the halls. This is the second time THIS WEEK that I have personally been in a 'fire drill'. The first time it went off in the halls, I did not run out of my room. Seeing that I just got here, and was still trying to get over my jetlag... I did not even get out of my bed because my sixth sense told me: THERE IS NO FIRE! Fortunately, the fire engine arrived and soon left.
On Tuesday, I was suppose to meet up with my MA mates at the library after lunch. I walked by the library and saw a big crowd gathering in front of it. Of course, I heard the fire alarm too. But seeing no smoke, I figured 'it was a drill'. Although, the fire engine did arrive, it left shortly after. I found my MA mates standing outside the building, but the people wouldn't let us back in, so we left.
This morning, UK time, of course, the fire alarm went off AGAIN! This time, it really got on my nerves because I had just woken up, and I DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE MY ROOM! I thought to myself, (here's the advantage of having your room facing the main road) if I see the fire engine arrive, then I will rush out. However intolerable the sound was, I remained in my room.
However, my plan was interrupted by a knock on the door from the girl next door. Along with another girl from Vietnam, we reluctantly headed out of the building after seeing everyone gathering outside. We were accosted by some woman on our way out. She reprimanded us as if we were toddlers, "This is a fire alarm! Why haven't you come out of your rooms?" What answer did she expect? I couldn't possibly retort and say, "Well, it's just a drill, ain't it?" I just stared back at her, thinking you should either let us back in, or let us out. Don't just stand there and expect an answer for your rediculous question. After writing down our room numbers, wooo~~~ now I'm in trouble!, she finally let us disperse ourselves amongst the others.
You can't blame us, really. This is an awful time to do this drill. Most of us are still in bed, or had just gotten out of bed. One Indian girl was FREEZING! because obviously, we had been requested repeatedly to 'leave the building immediately'. Some of them didn't even lock their doors, because they had to 'leave the building immediately'.
What I would like to say, is that, I think fire drills are ridiculous. They do this not to prepare you in case of real fire, but to frighten you. There is no fire. There is not going to be one. Not while I'm here. So stop 'drilling' and do something practical, like put up recycle bins for cans and stuff. You do this often enough, people are not going to 'leave the building immediately' when they hear the alarm next time!