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Daily30: SPM, and Where To Next?

Posted in Daily30, Post-SPM 101


So, I did something that I think I would regret in the near future, but me being me, I’m always up for a challenge – especially if I think it would benefit me (& my blog) as well. My friend, Syamil, started this 30-minutes daily blog challenge (resolution?), and I told him I’d join in as well. For the next I-don’t-know-how-many-days-this-would-last, I’ll set aside 30-minutes daily to blog about anything (either random topics that crossed my mind at the time of writing, or if people requested certain topics), and whether or not I managed to finish off the topic within that 30-minutes, I have to post it up on the blog anyways and continue it (if needed) in the next day.

That okay with you guys? For those who subscribed to get email notifications for each post – I apologized in advance if now you’re bombarded with daily emails. I sincerely hope that there would actually be people reading this instead of me just talking to myself (like I always do anyway).

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March 15, 2018

My Post-SPM Story.


Since I’ve been getting quite a lot of questions asking me about what I did after sitting for my SPM up until I reached where I am now, I figured I can make a general response here on the blog – available to anyone out there who might be (for some reasons?) be curious about it.


November/December 2011.

I got my SPM done and over with, and straight away went on a school trip to South Korea with a group of friends. A couple of days after the Korea trip, it was time for a family trip to Sydney, Australia for a week or so.

January 2012.

Time to re-register in Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar as an A-Levels student (semi-sponsored by KTJ, semi-private) (and I said re-register because I did my SPM there as well).

March – June 2012.

SPM results are announced, and Alhamdulillah, I got a pretty good results (*cough*). I applied for 7 scholarships (if I remember correctly) (MARA, Bank Negara, Yayasan Khazanah, Petronas, Securities Commissions and, ermm, I can’t remember what else -.-). Got rejected by most. Invited to the Petronas EduCamp (but didn’t attend), and invited for interview at Securities Commissions and MARA. Went to the SC interview until the 2nd round and was rejected. Was initially rejected by MARA for Actuarial Science in the US as well (figured, since I didn’t fill up the application properly and all), but I sent in an appeal (for Economics in the US) and my appeal was accepted.


My MARA group interview

June/July 2012.

Month of choices. It was either stay in KTJ as an A-Levels student (partly sponsored, partly private) or drop out and move to INTEC Shah Alam and take up ADFP under MARA. Long story short, I did the latter.

People have been asking, why did I move from KTJ, a place which is considered pretty prestigious for its A-Levels program, to INTEC, a place which is not as good as it was in its glorious years way back.

My answer is, I have absolutely no idea.

I mean like, okay, A-Levels is a good program, I know that. But I guess it’s just not the program for me. I had no idea why I wanted to continue my A-Levels straight away after SPM in the first place. I guess it was because I thought I wanted to study in the UK, and sitting for the A-Levels seems like the best possible option for me. And I knew that I didn’t want to have that months of break and rest at home, and being around A-Levels students for 2 years of my high school life makes me feel like I belong in the A-Levels world.

Man, I haven’t been so wrong in my life.

I mean, alright, A-Levels was fun. And I had great classmates and all. But I guess after three months or so in the program, I didn’t have that ‘feel’ anymore. When I first started A-Levels, I was so excited and hyped up and all, but starting in March, I began to lose interest in it. I think part of this is due to the fact that I never liked writing the personal statement for UCAS, and since back then, I didn’t really know what I wanted in life, and that the UK system is a bit too rigid for my taste.

So I decided to drop, stop and start over anew.

And no, I did not regret a thing.

July 2012 – June 2013

American Degree Foundation Program in INTEC Shah Alam. My ‘home’ for one year. Alhamdulillah, although I was originally signed up for ADFP Economics in the US, MARA allowed me to change to ADFP Actuarial Science in the US, so all is well and good. Friends were awesome, studies were doing great, and, hey, I finished it off with a pretty solid CGPA in my hands, and some pretty awesome memories made with some pretty cool friends. So, yeah, all is well, and I certainly did not regret dropping out of A-Levels and starting over (not to mention, it’s also where I met him, so yeah, no regrets there at all).

August 18th, 2013 – May 13th, 2017

4 years as a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States. I graduated (woohoo!) with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Actuarial Science and a Certificate of Education and Educational Services.

(I’m in the process of writing up a summary post(s) of my 4-years in the US, will edit and add it in here once it’s done)


So yeah, that’s my post-SPM story (probably in more details that what I originally intended to write but oh well). If you have any further questions (aka how my life in the US is, how my ADFP life is, yada yada yada), feel free to search through the blog for more posts on these topics (and on much more topics as well).

Stay awesome 🙂

December 26, 2014

20th Birthday, and Projek Inspirasi 3.0.

Posted in Personal, Post-SPM 101

So, I officially turned twenty on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014. It wasn’t much of a celebration, and I was pretty upset I couldn’t celebrate it with him (but he called and we had a Skype call, so that helped). I had a tough time sleeping that night, and by 7:15am, I was already on my way out to pick up some friends before heading out to Sekolah Seri Puteri, Cyberjaya. My alma mater.

Projek Inspirasi 01

Haziq Ghafar entrusted Projek Inspirasi 3.0 to me, and I have to thank the group of awesome people in the above picture for co-operating and for spending their free time to come and help me out. I couldn’t have done it without them, and I’m thankful for having such awesome friends.

Even if they do occasionally prank me, like they did on Saturday. -.-

So, like I mentioned, it was my birthday on the day of Projek Inspirasi 3.0. During the second session, the interview session, Nazran and Amalina Taib were the ones in charge. Cikgu Hajar had specified a time slot for some mock interviews, and we’ve already agreed on getting some volunteers from the students themselves.

When the mock interview was starting, Amalina was about to call the volunteers from the students when Nazran suddenly took the microphone from her.

Nazran: Before we go on, let’s call Syaza Nazura to the front. Let’s see how a real scholar answers an impromptu interview.
Me: (in my head) Whuuuuuuut?
Nazran: So, what’s your name?
Me: Hi, my name is Syaza Nazura, but you can call me Syaza.
Nazran: Okay Syaza, so when’s your birthday?
Me: (in my head) Nazraaaaaaaaaaan!!! (stares at Nazran with a deadly stare)

*the whole auditorium / Dewan Kuliah fell silent*

Adlina (in the audience): Is it todaaaaay?
Students: Uuuuuuuuuuuuuu.
A group of volunteers in the audience: (started singing the Happy Birthday song)
Nazran: Wait wait. I was a conductor once, so I have to do this. Together now, one two three…
Everyone: (starts singing)

Projek Inspirasi03

So, yeah, that was it. My birthday ‘celebration’. And I’d have to say, they really got me. No wonder none of the volunteers, not even those who are close to me, text or call me at midnight to wish me. Turns out they had something else in plan, and I’d have to say, I really do appreciate the thought :’D

Projek Inspirasi 3.0 went well, even though it was not was I originally planned earlier this year. But then again, I’m thankful to be able to contribute something to my juniors in SSP, even if I did not get to know them personally. And I’m certainly thankful that I had the opportunity to work with this awesome group of people and volunteers. 🙂

A bunch of thank you to these people for their time and effort in making Projek Inspirasi 3.0 a success.

Cikgu Hajar, Khairul Nazran, Wan Mohamad Ali, Uzair Addin, Amalina Taib, Farah Adlina, Anis Farhana, Miera Ainaa, Amira Rashidah, Ainaa Nabilah, Nuraudi Zafirah, Amierul Rieza, Raja Muhammad Safarin, Raja Iskandar Zulkarnain, Amirul Adlan, Nurul Natrah, Siti Nurizzatee, Aiman Sanudin

Projek Inspirasi02

August 27, 2014

Ask.FM FAQs 2 – Scholarships & Interviews


I’m getting a bit tired of answering recurring questions on scholarships and interviews stuff, so here’s a FAQ for all you people out there. Enjoy.

Note: These questions are from the ones that I received at my, and most of them are from anonymous sources, so I actually have no idea who they are. Oh, and ignore the bad grammars / spelling in the questions, they’re killing me as well :/

Note 2: The answers are the actual answers that I posted on my, and are my personal thoughts and opinions, and therefore are subject to questioning. Nothing should be taken as the absolute truth, and I am not responsible for anything that happens should anyone take my answers as the definite fact, ’cause they might not be true. So, when in doubt, PLEASE DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH AND READING ABOUT THE TOPIC, thank you.

Note 3: Click Read More to read the full FAQ.

Salam dan hi sis,nak tanya macam mana nak susun sijil.Dah wat research kat google tapi tak tahu yang mana betul.Boleh bagi pendapat sis tak?

Wa’alaikumsalam. Tak ada one right way to susun sijil untuk interview. Untuk basic guidelines, boleh ikut kat bawah ni la:

1) Personal information (Resume / CV, copy of transcripts, recommendation letters, personal statements, etc)
2) Academical certificates / transcripts / results (high school, from latest to oldest)
3) Extra co-curricular activities (international level -> national level -> state level -> district level)

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April 11, 2014