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Life as a Badger, Part 2: A RM671,452.01 worth of investment.

Posted in Personal, Study, UW-Madison

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).

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December 24, 2017

Life as a Badger, Part 1: Academic Life

Posted in Personal, Study, UW-Madison


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.

Syaza Nazura graduation BBA University of Wisconsin-Madison

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December 13, 2017

Home, for now.

Posted in Graduation, Personal


If you followed me on one of my social media sites, or if you are friends with me on Facebook, you might’ve noticed that I [recently] posted about my last day in the United States.

Yep – I’m home guys. For good, probably, but at least I’m home for the time being.

I arrived in Malaysia a little over a week ago, on June 15th. It’s been quite a busy schedule for me this past week, what with looking for Eid clothes, meeting up with teachers and lecturers in INTEC & SSP, and preparing for Eid and all. Not to mention my job-hunting and all that.

Talking about jobs – no, I still have not confirmed where I will be working at. There is a job offer that I just recently received that I might take up, however, I would prefer to let you guys know about it once it’s all confirmed and stuff. So, for now, do pray for the best for me!

Oh, also, I bought a bunch of stuff from Madison – things like t-shirts, keychains, fridge magnets and all. I might do a giveaway on this blog if enough people are interested in them, what do you think?

Other than that, hmm, let’s see. Oh, yeah, it’s Eid tomorrow (Sunday), so Eid Mubarak to everyone out there. 🙂 Hope your Ramadhan was filled with happiness and blessings, and may you enjoy the joyous day tomorrow. Talking about Eid, I had a slow #ProjekKadRaya this year, considering how I procrastinated a lot on writing and posting the Eid cards. So most people would be receiving their Eid cards after Raya, hopefully by the end of the week *fingers crossed*. That being said, I do have some extras, so if you want an Eid card and are fine with receiving your Eid card in the mail in the middle of July, well, hop on over and fill up this form for me.

Okay, I think that should be it for now. Until next time, stay awesome people! 🙂

p/s – Anyone here wants to meet up for drinks or something after Raya? I should be starting my job sometime mid-July, and might have time to hang out for a bit if anyone’s up for it. Let me know <3 [manusia tak sedar diri yang blog ni dah bersawang dan agaknya tak ada orang baca pun lewls]

June 24, 2017

And It All Comes Down to This.

Posted in Graduation, Personal, Study


Mum, Dad, I did it!

Mum, Dad, I did it!

So… I made it. I’m done. Four years of college, and I’m finally done. I am officially a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Actuarial Science and a Certificate of Education and Educational Services.

It is finally over.

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May 17, 2017