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Side Project with SPM Leavers

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Assalamualaikum,

I am making a very crazy decision to sit down and write out this blog post, considering how I have to complete both my Economics and Mathematics homework that will have to be submitted tomorrow. Oh well, considering I do not have my English class in the morning, I kind of have extra time (if I can even wake up in the morning, that is).

Anyhow. I’ve been quite preoccupied for the past few months with a little personal ‘side project’ with the post-SPM candidates (Batch 1996’s) on Facebook. I’ve been regularly active in this one Facebook group, helping them in deciding their pathways after SPM and stuff like that.

Other than helping out through the Facebook group, my friends and I also try to help them out by hosting Google Hangout sessions, where they can ask the questions that they want and we’d try to explain to them in as much details as we could (to the best of our abilities).

As to today, we’ve successfully conducted three Google Hangout sessions with the SPM Leavers. The first one was a bit, well, unorganized. It was the first time I ever used Google Hangout on Air, so you can ignore the first 5-10 minutes of the Hangout video (later down), ’cause I was fiddling around trying to get the hang of it.

Google Hangout 1.0 was just Nazran and I, and it was more of a sharing moment, mostly about scholarship applications, interview preparations, and stuff (and I think I was too loud during that session, probably ’cause I just woke up and I was hyperactive and high and stuff)

Oh, and ignore my face that seemed like I was about to sneeze -.-‘

Now, Google Hangout 2.0 included a couple more people other than Nazran and I, namely Kak Fatien Atieqa (UTM), Aizan Fahri (RIT) and Wan Mohamad Ali (UniKL MIAT). It makes it easier to have people from different programs so that they can answer questions relating to their own pathways. (Nazran and I couldn’t answer much about Asasi and Diploma and stuff, ’cause, well, we’re ADP kids!) Hehe πŸ˜€

The latest (and possibly the last) Google Hangout session happened just a couple of days ago (Sunday, March 23rd, to be exact). This time, I tried my best to help the SPM leavers out by bringing together a few seniors from various programs. But considering how it was held at 10pm – midnight (Malaysian time), I couldn’t get any seniors from Japanese/Korean universities or even those studying in Australia/New Zealand. However, I was able to get someone from UK (Haziq Ghafar and Amalina Taib [well, soon-to-be]), France (Zara Razif), Malaysia (Wan Mohamad Ali & Arib Ismail) and USA (Nazran, Aizan and I).

And, the best part of it was, I got a special appearance from Aiman Azlan, who agreed to spend time to share his experiences with the SPM Leavers. It was quite a shock for me, to be honest, that he actually said yes when I emailed him about it. At first, I only told him that he could probably join at about 10:30pm (half an hour into the session), and leave after spending about half an hour or so. But, with the amount of questions we have and all, he ended up spending time with us until midnight (Malaysian time). I was feeling a bit guilty, but his voice and face seemed to be happy and satisfied as he said his final word of advice to the SPM leavers and bid us farewell that I feel glad, and grateful :’)

All in all, I’m getting used to Google Hangouts now, and Alhamdulillah, Allah has eased my efforts in helping the SPM leavers. I’m thankful and grateful to the people (seniors and friends) who supported my ‘side-project’, either by spending their time during the Google Hangout sessions (thank you so very much to Nazran for helping me out with all three hangout sessions, and to the others as well for participating in the GH 2.0 and 3.0), by sharing information about their respective programs to me so that I could relay the information to the SPM leavers, as well as supporting from afar during the Google Hangout sessions (yes, you guys know who you are, the ones who watched the Hangout sessions as well).

I do not know if I would be able to continue this for the next few months, at least until I get back to Malaysia, since I’d be busy with my final assignments, research papers and exams. The three-month summer holiday that I’d be spending back home will be busy with catching up with my family and friends, as well as with Projek Inspirasi 3.0 (which I will write about as the time comes nearer).

Probably this could be like a seasonal project every year, starting from December (when SPM is over), until April (a month after SPM results are announced). Probably, we’ll see how it goes next year. I know I certainly do not want to stop helping the SPM leavers in choosing their pathways and all, but I would also need to access the amount of work I’d have next year, especially if I’m accepted into the Wisconsin School of Business.

But that’s another story for next year, so we can wait and see how things go. For now, I’m happy enough with what has happened for the past few months, and hopefully, these kids (uhuk, like I’m old enough, right?) gained a bit more insight into the possible options that they have now.

I can only pray that God leads them to the right path, as He did for me two years ago. My journey to be where I am now was a tricky one, and full of hard decisions, and I hope that whatever decisions and obstacles that may lie in their paths, may God help them to overcome it, insyaAllah.

Alright, until next time, here’s a random selfie, ’cause I can! πŸ˜› Stay awesome, and good night people πŸ™‚

(and yes, this was taken a minute before this post was published)
March 25, 2014
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Ask.fm FAQs – What To Do After SPM?

Assalamualaikum,

Somehow, in the midst of Skyping with himΒ and doing my Calculus 3 homework #1, a weird idea popped up in my head. A good idea, nevertheless. Considering how my Ask.fm has been bombarded with a lot of post-SPM questions like scholarships, A-Levels / ADFP / studying abroad stuff, I figured I could compile some of the questions that I received with the answers as well and put them up here on the blog, so future SPM-leavers could refer to it if they want to.

Note: These questions are from the ones that I received at my Ask.fm, 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 Ask.fm, 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.

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Hai kak nazu πŸ™‚ if dont mind, could you share with us what did you do during your 3months holiday ; i mean, when you were waiting for your spm result – spm leaver- πŸ™‚

Hai πŸ™‚

I don’t actually have a 3-months break. Straight away after my SPM, (I think a couple of days after Biology ended), I was on a school trip to Korea for a week plus. Got back to Malaysia, had a few days of rest, off to Australia for a family trip. Then got back to Malaysia again, rested for a while, then in January it was off to Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar again for A-Levels (I did my SPM there too as well), so yeah, it wasn’t much of a long break for me.

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January 26, 2014
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So, You Want To Study Abroad, Eh?

Assalamualaikum,

Day Sixteen: Share some tips that you think would be beneficial for those who want to study abroad.

Hi! We’re on the second half of the challenge already, Alhamdulillah. I didn’t expect I would be able to complete half of the challenge (even though I missed a day or two but still, I covered it up), so yeah, I’m proud of myself *pat myself on the back* #ForeverAlone Lol.

So, today’s topic is more of a friendly reminder to people (juniors, especially) who wish to study abroad. Mind you, these are the tips from my point of view, my perspective, so you don’t have to take it as the ‘fact’. You can totally blow this off if you want to, I really don’t mind πŸ™‚

1) Think about why you want to study abroad.

Don’t do it just because they expect you to go abroad. Don’t do it just because your friends are doing it. Don’t do it just because you see everyone around you doing it. Don’t do it just because your parents want you to.

End of the story? Don’t do it for anyone else but yourself.

Reflect back and think about why you really want to study abroad. What attracts you to the place? What about that particular country appeals to you? If you can’t come up with reasonable reasons to why you’re going abroad, then, might as well you study locally.

Random picture, lol.

2) Prepare yourself mentally, physically and spiritually.

You have no idea how different life is going to be once you’re here. The pressure, the challenges, it is not the same as it is back in Malaysia. You’d be challenged to the fullest, your faith, your principles. Never let your principles lose to their cultures and habits. I know this is a pretty cliche advice, but it is, without doubt, one of the most important one.

3) Learn to be independent.

This is especially true if you’re coming to the States, since you’d most probably have the opportunity to choose your own courses, to plan your schedules and all. And in universities, most of them do not check the attendance in lectures and all, so it is ultimately up to you to turn up for classes and pass up your assignments and tutorials. Heck, you can even skip the exams if you want to, nobody would care. The professors certainly wouldn’t know if you’re not in class, especially if they have 300-400 other students to teach.

4) Manage your expenses.

To ensure that you do not run out of money to spend on trips and shopping and, of course, food, try to manage your expenses, especially on your first few months here. You’d be getting a lot of money in advance (probably like 6 months in advance and all), so remember that the money you have will need to last for months. So don’t go on Amazon and start shopping and buying everything. Don’t spend all your money on concert tickets and new gadgets and clothes and all the other random things. [note to self -.-‘]

Best way to ensure that you still have money for trips during the holiday and breaks, try to find an on-campus jobs. Work in the dining halls, find some random part-time jobs that you can do. At least you can make some pocket money. But remember, plan your time wisely so you can balance your work and studies.

5) Change your mindset.

Studying abroad is not a privilege, especially if you’re on a scholarship. It is a responsibility, a heavy burden placed on your shoulders by the people of the nation. No, I am not saying that you must come back to the country and work for the government after you graduate and stuff. That’s totally up to you, I wouldn’t comment on whatever choices you make, but remember, you are given the responsibility to hold the scholarship. Out of everyone in the country, you are one of the lucky few to be chosen. Prove that you are worthy of the scholarship.

Don’t treat it like a privilege, that you deserved the scholarship [even if you do]. Never slack off just because you can get into a university abroad. Never feel like, “Oh, I’m so good that I’m here now.” Never do that. You’d still have to work hard. You’d still have to put in the effort, even when you’re still in Malaysia.

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Oh, and I skyped with one of my seniors back in INTEC, Fauzan, for about an hour and a half tonight. He’s currently in Pennsylvania State University right now as a sophomore. (This is totally random, I know) Hahah.

Okay okay, until next time, take care! πŸ™‚

p/s. If you’re studying abroad at the moment and wish to add on to the list with your own personal tips, feel free to drop a comment down below! πŸ™‚

November 16, 2013
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Why Study in the USA?

Assalamualaikum,

Day Nine: Why do you go to the States to study, and not some other countries?


To be honest, I have absolute no idea why I’m here, why I chose the States. I mean, ever since I was sixteen (that wasn’t that long ago, just three years, actually), I wanted to go to the UK. Oh, wait, scratch that. I’ve wanted to go to the UK since I came back to Malaysia in 2007. The one reason why I wanted to return to the UK was to meet my friends from Kings Wood School. I wanted to be back at the place where I grew up for one and a half year, the place that opened my eyes to parts of the world that most people could only dream of going to.

University of Warwick, England.

That was actually my first choice. The university with the only program that my mother approved of me doing. Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics. That was the only program that my mother said ‘Yes’ to. When I first suggested Engineering, she said ‘No’ flat out. The same answer went to ‘Actuarial Science’ in the first place. I wouldn’t even bother bringing up ‘Computer Science’ or ‘Mass Communication’ or anything remotely the same as these two, ’cause I knew what the answer would be.

May 2012 came. Month of rejection, and new hope. MARA interview came, Actuarial Science in the US. I hesitated. “Do I really want to go to the States?” One of my closest friends, Afif, pushed me forward. His words, his advice, his suggestions. Those were the ones that guided me to pursue my undergraduate studies in the States.

As I did some research about studying in the US and UK, and comparing both of these systems, I realized, heck, let’s head over to the States. Knowing the fact that I get bored too easily with rigid structures, I realized that I wouldn’t survive well in the UK. I was already bored with A-Levels in the first few months, how am I supposed to put up with 3-4 more years of rigid system? 
Coming to the States gives me a sense of independence as I have the choice to pick my courses, and to plan my own schedule. I can mix and match anything I wish to take, and not stick to the required schedule. In a way, it helps me deal with my ‘kiasu-ness’ or the need to be perfect, ’cause everyone will have different schedules and courses, and thus, there is no need to ‘fight’ or ‘compete’ with anyone else but yourself.
It was also easy for me to accept the States ’cause I’ve always wanted to come here. I’ve always wanted to set my foot in the land of some of my favorite TV shows like CSI and Scandal. I’ve always wanted to explore ‘this part’ of the world. I’ve been to the UK. I’ve been to parts of Europe. But North America? South America? Well, I’ve never thought I would be able to come here, but, here I am.
And perhaps, the other reason why I came here is somewhat related to one of my long-term goals. I wanted to be in a totally foreign and unfamiliar place. I wanted to get away from all my comfort and start fresh. I wanted to explore myself in a place where I’d be challenge about my principles. I didn’t want to become a Muslim just because the people around me are Muslims. I didn’t want to pray and do good things just because people around me are doing those. 
Here in the States, everything is all up to me and my faith. I control myself and my actions, and no one would question what I do and say. Whenever I pray or do good deeds, it is not because I was expected to do so by the community I am in, but it is because I want to. I want to train myself to be honest to myself. I want to train and improve my faith.
This is a pretty gloomy post, I know. I’m just in a pretty moody mood today, for no reason whatsoever. I guess it’s just the time of the month. *sigh*
I’ll write again tomorrow, and hopefully it’d be in a more upbeat tone as I’d be writing about my top two accomplishments in the States so far. Until tomorrow, insyaAllah, stay awesome! πŸ™‚
November 9, 2013
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