Assalamualaikum, & hello
This is a continuation for the Life as a Badger blog series – where I try to sum up as much as possible about my 4-years of studying in the US in all aspects, from academics, finances, travel & trips, and work, leadership and volunteer experiences.
You can read Part 1 of the series here -> Part 1: Academic Life, where I wrote about what I studied, the classes that I took, and some thoughts on what I’ve learned or enjoyed about the US education system.
This second part, as you can probably guess from the title, will be mainly on my main source of funding: MARA’s sponsorship (or partial-sponsorship, as it is technically a convertible loan).
I’ve actually been meaning to write a lot about the past 4 years I spent in the U.S., to summarize all that I’ve learnt or seen, the places I’ve visited, the people I’ve met and the experiences I’ve had, but somehow I never got around to actually doing it.
And I’ve been meaning to write a similar post like Aizan posted on his blog a few months back [read: I graduated, so what? on Caspershire.Net]. I know for a fact that I can’t and won’t post details about my academic life [read: my grades and GPA], because of three reasons:
- I’d like to keep that private to myself (& close friends and families, and MARA of course),
- While GPA is an important factor, I also believe that a GPA is just a number, and does not define my worth, and
- While I didn’t do that bad (I still graduated with CGPA >3.0, which is MARA’s minimum requirement), I know I could’ve done better, and I am tbh still a bit pissed off at myself for it. But I am slowly learning to forgive myself to taking my time, for allowing myself to take things at my own pace and for knowing how to take care of myself and my mental health first.
Anyhow. Here’s my version of I graduated, so what?
I have no idea how long this blog series is going to be [it’s most probably going to be at least 4 or 5 parts, as of my drafts now, but I may delete/add some parts later on], so I apologize in advance. I actually wanted to try and fit everything in one blog post, but it seemed like it was going to be super long, so I decided to break it up into small pieces to make it easier to read and digest.
Oh, and also, do comment and let me know if you have any suggestions / ideas on what I can write about in the upcoming posts, or if you have any comments / anything else.
Lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
Lucky we’re in love in every way
Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed
Lucky to be coming home someday
If there was a song that can capture what I feel about my relationship with him, I think Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat’s Lucky pretty much sums it up.
Hello (again) blog. Sorry for the late late update (again). Can’t say that life has been hectic, but it’s obviously not that hectic that I can still spend hours watching random stupid videos on Facebook and 9gag, but I also can’t say that life has been easy because it’s not.
So, yes, I can officially say that I am currently working as an Administrative Executive (Course Administration) at Monash University Malaysia. I’ve been here for the past month, and so far things have been interesting. This is my first experience, not only to work in Malaysia, but to experience and see how a Malaysian university (albeit a private one) operates from the administration’s standpoint. Granted, it’s only been a month, and the fact that I’m the youngest person in my office with no prior experience (other than my part-time job in the US), makes it a little weird, but it’d be a good place for me to see how universities in Malaysia work, and it’d help me to see if student services is really what I want to pursue in my life.