So, as a continuation of my previous post [Fresh Grad 101: Getting that First Job], I made a poll on Twitter and Instagram to see what people want me to write about. While the results seem pretty much evenly spread between Networking/connecting, Interview experiences and Personal Finance, the last one seems to have won by a tiny margin, so I guess that’s what I’d be writing about today.
I would not go too much into the detail of personal finance, because (1) I really want to sleep by midnight (if possible), and it’s already 11:06pm as of now, and (2) I’m not too well-versed in it so I’ll leave it to the people who have been in this field for longer to give all the professional advice and everything.
I will, however, share some of the things I do to keep my personal finance in check, and yes, that means saving up for my wedding (happening in less than 10 days, fyi), tracking and managing my expenses, saving up for future goals (a car, a house, a kid, etc), emergency funds and everything in between.
Do note that this is a sharing post, mostly on my own experiences and what I read and/or talked to with my friends and colleagues, and may differ with your experiences. Everyone has different needs and requirements, so feel free to tweak and adjust as needed to suit you and your lifestyle.
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.
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).