I have just a little over an hour left of my super long
graveyard overnight shift, and I thought I could write something up for the blog. I mean, it’s a little overdue, and I kind of have quite a lot of things to write down, even though I might not be able to write / share all of them to you [yet].
So, it’s April 12th [almost April 13th back home in Malaysia], which means that I have a month left to graduation [my commencement is on May 13th]. Now that I think of it, seeing how graduation is just around the corner, it forces me to think about what I actually want to do in life, and what I want to do after graduation.
Picture by Shariff Sarip-Abinsa
Remember how last time, I talked about my interest in attending graduate school? Funny how I said it was going to be an ongoing blog series, but it ended up only being one blog post. I guess I owe it to people [if not to my blog, even though it’s heartless like me and wouldn’t care a bit if I don’t tell it everything] to let you know of some of the things that happened in the past couple of months since that original post.
In my last post, I included a link to a Google Form where I asked for suggestions on what I can write about between now and up until graduation (or even after graduation), and so here’s my first post for my pre-graduation series [and no, I’m not making it a full legit series of blog posts, because I will always forget and leave it halfway through].
“How much has your life changed in the last 4 years since the very first day you arrived in States ? =)”
This question is perhaps one of the biggest things people would ask anyone who spent all or part of their undergraduate years studying abroad, and one that someone should definitely spend time to look back and reflect on their life and how much they’ve changed and grown. I’ve been thinking a lot about this too for the past couple of days, considering how I will be speaking at the UW-Madison International Student Graduation Celebration in May (a week before my official graduation commencement), so I really need to take some time off to figure out my speech and everything.
2016 will be ending soon, and with that, it means I have one semester left to graduate and get my bachelor’s degree. That means I’m this much closer to being a real adult, of officially being a ex-MARA student, of not doing whatever it takes to just finish my studies in a major that I no longer have the passion for.
And, of course, it also means that I’m so much more closer to actually having to figure out what I want to do with my life, which, at this point, I am clueless.
I’m going to make this an ongoing blog series, with random updates and posts as I navigate through my graduate school applications, going to interviews (if I was invited or if it’s required) and everything else in between.
At University of Rochester before my interview. Photo credit: Aizan Fahri
So, to start things off, I’m currently working on my graduate school applications to four different universities, namely: University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Rochester, Colorado State University and Michigan State University (in no order of preferences). My application to Rochester was already submitted (I applied for the October 15th deadline), and I have just recently submitted my application to Michigan State University (last weekend). I am currently working on my statements for CSU and Madison and should be submitting them before my Thanksgiving break (end of November).
For all four universities, I’m applying to their Student Affairs program (they have different variations of the program, but essentially they’re all related to Student Affairs), with an additional Human Ecology program at UW-Madison. So that’s five different Master’s programs at four different universities. All of them are for next year, so they would be starting either in August or September 2017 (so I’ll be going to my Master’s right out of my undergraduate studies).