In this huge, huge world, there are an abundant of opportunities for us to grab. There are millions of doors to be opened and endless amount of paths to walk on. And while there may be tons of things that appeal to you, or that there are multiple things that caught your attention, sometimes you have to know when to turn something down and choose what’s best for you.
I did something today that I was hoping dearly I didn’t have to do, but I knew that I have to make that decision sooner or later, and there was no point in delaying it. It has been in my mind for the past year and a half, and was one of the things that kept me going and gave me hope, but for now, I have to let it go. I couldn’t hold on to it much longer, because I know that I should be moving on and doing things that may be better for me, in so many different ways.
Assalamualaikum, & hello everyone
It’s already almost the end of the month, but like they said, January is a trial month, and new year doesn’t begin until February, so it’s not too late for me to wish you a Happy New Year! It’s a new year, it’s a new day, it’s a new you! Yes, this is going to be the cliche end-of-the-year-and-new-year post, so please bear with me for a while, alright?
Heading off to Hogwarts.
Looking back, 2017 has been pretty amazing. I miraculously survived a degree in Actuarial Science, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, started my first job at Monash University Malaysia, and, best of all, got engaged to my best friend in the whole world. Other notable achievements included being awarded the Harvey Meyerhoff Award (free $1,000 peeps!), got invited to speak on behalf of graduating students at the International Student Graduation Celebration, and received a casptone scholarship to attend the NASPA Undergraduate Pre-Conference program in Texas (my legit adulting where I personally decided to attend a conference on my own without knowing anyone there).
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.