Almost a year ago, someone asked me a question on my Ask.fm, and I’ve been meaning to answer it, but as always, I kept putting things off. Thought that now is a good time (better late than never, huh?) to answer it, as it’s been a year since I graduated from college, and the past year has given me tons of time to reflect on my college life experience and to think about what I actually carry with me after I left my second home, Madison.
“Did you imagine the [university] life before you study in the [university]? So, is it same with what [you’ve] imagine[d]?”
A few Saturdays ago [read: sometime in March lol], I spent a couple of hours at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus, meeting up with a couple of soon-to-be Badgers. Knowing me and my love for Madison and its extremely cold weather, I couldn’t say no to sharing my experiences with my would-be fellow Badger alums. One of them even brought their parents along, considering how their parents would be accompanying them to Madison (for personal and health reasons). Overall, I had a good discussion with them (students and parents) about life in Madison – from the academic, social and personal aspects of it.
A year ago, May 13th, 2017
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).