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).
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).