A few Saturdays ago [read: sometime in March lol], I spent a couple of hours at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus, meeting up with a couple of soon-to-be Badgers. Knowing me and my love for Madison and its extremely cold weather, I couldn’t say no to sharing my experiences with my would-be fellow Badger alums. One of them even brought their parents along, considering how their parents would be accompanying them to Madison (for personal and health reasons). Overall, I had a good discussion with them (students and parents) about life in Madison – from the academic, social and personal aspects of it.
A year ago, May 13th, 2017
Today’s post will be a quick and short one, mostly because (1) I haven’t written anything in ages and (2) though it’s a cliche post to make, I would still make it because I need to jot this down in history for future reference.
Two days ago, on May 9th, 2018, for the first time in my life, I get to participate in the Malaysia’s General Election (#GE14 / #PRU14). As I was under-21 for the previous election in 2013, this year was a meaningful year for me as I get to exercise my rights as a Malaysian and play a role in shaping Malaysia’s future. I am now even more grateful for the fact that I decided to take a gap year after graduation last year, because I am able to witness the election and participate in it in person. Had I gone to continue my Master’s last August, I would’ve either been in the UK or in the US at this moment, which would’ve made it much more difficult for me (as what has happened to some of my friends currently working/studying abroad).
By this time, I’m sure everyone has already know the outcome, where Malaysia’s opposition has, for the first time since independence, won an election against the government and governing party, Barisan Nasional. Malaysia has created history in the past two days, with (1) Tun Mahathir being the prime minister again for the second time, (2) oldest PM at the age of 93, (3) youngest MP at 22yo, (4) first time the opposition won an election, and (5) first female DPM, among many other successes.
In this huge, huge world, there are an abundant of opportunities for us to grab. There are millions of doors to be opened and endless amount of paths to walk on. And while there may be tons of things that appeal to you, or that there are multiple things that caught your attention, sometimes you have to know when to turn something down and choose what’s best for you.
I did something today that I was hoping dearly I didn’t have to do, but I knew that I have to make that decision sooner or later, and there was no point in delaying it. It has been in my mind for the past year and a half, and was one of the things that kept me going and gave me hope, but for now, I have to let it go. I couldn’t hold on to it much longer, because I know that I should be moving on and doing things that may be better for me, in so many different ways.
First of all, apologies for not posting anything for the past two days. I was working at the Sureworks Education Fair in Mid Valley Exhibition Centre, and I was swamped after talking to dozens parents and students about their future with Monash Malaysia. I did, however, get some good conversation out of my encounters with a few of the people I met, so I’ll be writing about that soon insyaAllah.
Since I was working for the past two days, I took a day off from work today to rest at home. Man, it felt good to sleep in and catch up on much needed sleep. I also took my grandmother (from my Dad’s side) to PPUM for a check up, and on our way there, she imparted some words of wisdom that I felt I need to share (or at least write it down for myself to remember in the future).