It feels good to say that I am officially done with my third year of university. Alhamdulillah.
Junior year was probably my most challenging year in college. My academics were, well, not up to par, and I could have definitely done better with my studies and everything. But at this point in time, I’m just grateful to get it over and done with. There’s no point in looking back and what has passed, but instead to look forward and plan out what I could do to make things better in the future.
So, looking back on junior year and trying to sum out the major highlights of my life as an Actuarial Science junior (albeit being senior standing lewls):
Number one: Actuarial Science.
bloody shit hard. Like, seriously, I do not know how Charles almost got a 4.0 for his degree. And I do not know how people can survive with more than one 600-level Actuarial Science course in a semester. Like, seriously though. It’s fun, I admit it. It’s an interesting subject with lots of new things to learn, but having to memorize all the formulas and notations and all, it’s just a little bit too much.
Number two: Night owl.
Working overnight shifts can be pretty fun and interesting (not that it’s anything new to me since I’ve been working overnight shifts since my sophomore year). There was a false fire alarm and a dead bloody scare when a custodian suddenly got a seizure, bit his tongue (I think? That’s what my supervisor said) and bled out pretty bad that the ambulance had to come and take him out.
Number three: Studio all to myself.
Living alone in a studio? Best decision I’ve ever made, ever, in my whole life.
Sure, it can get pretty quiet at times (especially on weekends when I don’t feel like getting up from the bed), but I like it. I feel like a adult now that I have to really manage my finances, making sure that I don’t spend all my allowances and biweekly salary on food / books / games / other random stuff on Amazon and actually put aside money for rent and electricity bill and internet and all that stuff. It’s also fun to actually look at the spreadsheet I made and be like, OHMYGOD this is perhaps the best management tool for my money how can I not do this my freshman year?!?!?!?!
Number four: It’s all about the $$$$$$$.
Saving up money = also one of the best decisions.
I have multiple checking accounts at UW Credit Union (because they’re free) and have different accounts for different purposes (Rent, Travels, Post-grad travels, Post-grad small business [like this Buy & Sell stuff for some Coach & MK handbags and VS perfumes] and Personal Savings [like for kahwin or rumah or kereta or stuff]). Yeah, I have too much accounts. It feels both weird and satisfying though. I see my main checking account and see a small balance and I’d be like “Shit takde duit dowh.”, but then I look at all my other accounts and maaaaaaan I was relieved :’)
Number five: You have to know when to have fun.
I did way too much YOLO-ing this year, I think. Let’s see… I randomly decided to drive down to UIUC to meet him in the middle of the night, just because. I went to see Yuna the weekend before my finals week, just because (got to meet her in person because I randomly went and bought the VIP ticket with Afnan, was well worth the $50 upgrade since we got an autographed poster and polaroid picture and everything). Also shopped a lot this year, for some reasons (my therapy when I’m stressed? Idk). I’m thankful for the fact that Afiq came to Madison this year, since he was my partner in crime for most of the random trips and outings I did this year.
Alright, there’s a bunch of other things that I can write about, but I’ll do that in another post since this is getting long enough. To all graduating seniors, both in Madison and other universities across the world, HAPPY GRADUATION! Good luck in your future endeavors and I hope our paths cross again in the future, insyaAllah!
Until next time, stay awesome peeps!
p/s Malaysia, aku datang!