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
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.