Star Edu Fund, pt.1 comment
24.4.17
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Interview @ Management & Science University, MSU

  • The day before
I crammed the night before to prepare a video for my physics' assignment. I appointed myself as the group leader and took matters into my hands. No offense, but the rest of my team members seemed a little too laid back and incapable even if I had delegated some simple tasks. Plus it was just some video that I could easily take from Youtube and compile it together which all in all, was a one man's job. Furthermore I knew for certain I couldn't make it back on time from my interview to be present for the presentation. Hence, I thought it was only fair that I compile the video with the necessary narrations and audio as the rest would have to bear the burden of presenting it in front of the class. And yet there was this one member who felt as though she was not of much use because she was apparently not given much task to handle πŸ˜‘

Long story short, I slept late the night before. I frowned upon the idea of being ill-prepared for my interview. So I woke up early the next day, ironed my blouse, prim and proper, ready to set off on a short excursion to the place where the interview was held. The venue of the interview was at a meeting room in MSU. The journey there from my campus took approximately 2.5 hours which was not as long as I had expected.

  • First impression
On reaching the main campus, I thought to myself that the campus is really big. I found myself confused and lost. I wandered around asking for directions from students and security guards. Everyone pointed different directions. I then proceeded to ask another girl who was wearing a red baju kurung with hibiscus prints, the uniform most of the students around were donning. The girl shook her head and claimed she was new too. Just then, a young female student approached me and asked if I was looking for something. I explained to her that I was looking for directions to go to the meeting room for an interview. She proceeded to guide me to the lift and told me to go to the 15th floor. I thanked her and went on my way. On my way to the meeting room, I happened to stumble upon a Sunday school mate who happens to be a new intake student at MSU.

  • Before the interview
I was given yet another scholarship application form to fill up. I guess because the scholarship is disbursed under the university itself, we had to fill up a form for the President's Scholarship. After filling the form up, I sat at the common area where the rest of the shortlisted applicants were seated. A girl by the name Thanu befriended me and we exchanged pleasantries and chatted for a while. She was a nice and an amiable girl. Thanu's turn was up before mine. Next up was me. Thanu wished me luck and said she would wait for me outside with her mum.

  • The interview
I faked a confident stride, entered the room and greeted the panel while handing over my certs and CV to one of the interviewer. The panel comprised of two interviewers - a male and a female interviewer, the former a representative of Star, the latter a professor from MSU. I was relieved as there were only two interviewers. The lesser the number of interviewers, the lesser my chances of getting roasted, I thought. I also recognized the male interviewer to be the same guy who interviewed me for last year's Star Edu Fund scholarship interview at Methodist College, KL. Lucky I was not thrown any hard questions apart from the usual questions that you can expect in an interview- tell us about yourself and your family background, why this course, if you got an offer from uni A and uni B which would you pick, and many more questions in between derived from my response. The panel was very kind and nice. The panel and I then exchanged pleasantries and I exited the room with my certs feeling contended with how I performed.The interview lasted for approximately 20 minutes.

  • After the interview
Thanu and her mum had waited patiently outside for me. Thanu proposed the idea of having lunch outside at a mall nearby. I agreed to join as I myself was famished. After a bit of a hassle getting out of the parking lot, we finally made it out the campus after what seemed like an eternity. We headed to Aeon Mall Shah Alam and had our lunch at Vivo. I was a first-timer there and the food was heavenly, truly. We helped ourselves to pizza, marinara spaghetti, fish and chips along with oreo cheesecake for dessert. Best part of all, Thanu's mum offered to pay for the bill. I'm not gonna lie, that did indeed make my day 😁

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After our hearty meal, Thanu offered to drop me at the Batu Tiga komuter station. We bid our farewells and wished each other well. And of course, no one misses out on a selfie, even if it's between two strangers who quickly became friends over a brief period of time πŸ˜‚

oh look I have feelers!
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All in all I had great interview experience, garnered a good new experience of travelling solo to a place I've never been before, made a new friend and best of all, I gave reasons for me to be happier about myself, especially because when I look back in retrospect I realize I have honed better soft skills and people skills.

The interview results are said to be out in a week's time or in a fortnight. Keeping my fingers crossed!





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The never ending pursuit of scholarship applications comment
23.4.17



Semester 3 have been the hectic semester I foresaw during my previous semester. Being the last semester of my pre-u studies and one that spans for only a short period of two months, I had to start cramming preparations for my degree studies on top of assignment dues and tests and quizzes all around the corner. What I meant by preparations for degree here is merely taking initiatives to secure myself a scholarship/ loan or any form of financial aid for my bachelor's degree πŸ˜‚. Not any mega-early preparations for what's in my degree course outline. I'm not in any way a nerd like that πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

While some scholarship applications like that of MNRB Holdings opened earlier this year and was accepting SPM trial results, a large number of scholarship applications opened right after the SPM results came out in March. I applied for numerous scholarships, almost every scholarship that was applicable for me. Out of the many that I applied for, a few let me proceed to online assessments to have my competence assessed under the mercy of a yardstick that comprised of a number of challenging tests which also assessed other deserving applicants. Needless to say, I did not make it past those forsaken tests. Bless all the rest who made it through that troll of an assessment πŸ˜’πŸ˜’. Then there was one which engaged me in a phone interview on a Sunday morning when I was snoozing the day away after a night of staying up late. How convenient.

Then came two email invitations for a scholarship interview from the Star Edu Fund. I applied for 5 different universities under one same course, Bachelor's in Computer Science. Out of the five, I got shortlisted for an interview session at two universities, MSU and Sunway college. MSU on the morning of 20th, Sunway on the afternoon of 21st. Follow the links below to read up the little chronicles of my interview experience under Star Edu Fund for the respective two consecutive days.





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The truth behind why I love wearing black comment
26.3.17




Black
Bold and undefying,
Sleek and timeless with a certain austere;
Shrouded with mystery, 
Insinuated with dark fantasies,
The color of bad fortune to many,
and yet a code of piety to the elected few,
The color that suggests macabre,
The color most ironically versatile.


 For most people the color black appear to be a taboo thing. To some it's a color that heralds the advent of avant-garde creations and urban sleekness and what not. And maybe a large majority don't conform to any 'color-bias'. But for the few of us who do find ourselves falling for a certain color, and with that color being black, we often get confronted up close and personal about why we always opt for that color.. More often than not, we team color black don't seem to be able to stand our ground especially with the edgy nature of the why black?  question.

  Just like hobbies and interests, a favorite color is a highly subjective thing. While trends and fads induce new favorite colors in some people, most of us have had one particular color that we've always liked since our younger days. And that's no different for most of us color black lovers -we like black just like how you show preference for maroon, yellow, pink, green, blue, purple, and all the other colors there are in the color spectrum.


 For those of you who have known me personally or at least seen me often enough to take note of my uncanny obsession with the color black, well black is not all my favorite color. I don't recall my favorite sweater or sneakers being black when I was a younger lass. I grew fonder of black as I was getting older as growing inadvertently brought with it some whopping changes to my psychology apart from my physiological needs. Here are 5 reasons how I grew to love black ❀


1) Black goes well with anything
You know you're no rich kid when you have no choice but to dismiss that chic looking maroon skirt you saw online and go for a black instead because well, black would go with the majority of the tops lying in your wardrobe. Black is essentially for the low-in-budget especially when it comes to clothing color choice.

2) Black is decent enough for college
Black does little to nothing to accentuate my curves and strike for attention. Trust me you won't like easily catching attention in the mildly conservative college I attend. I won't have to go a long way to say that this point covers the fact that Black also helps conceal my insecurities.

3) Black is low-budget
Black helps you achieve a modern yet simple and exclusively classic look - albeit for an inexpensive price.

4) Black makes me feel comfortable in my own skin
I was once a highly insecure lassie and thankfully with time I have slowly grown out that shell. I do however still have in me remnants of insecurities from my younger days one of which is my skin color. I have an average Indian skin tone and embracing though I should be with it, I sometimes get overly self-conscious with it and my self-esteem would stoop so low I start feeling ashamed. Black color comes to my aid in times like this.

I can be the next Black Widow πŸ˜‚

5) Black brings out my inner goth
My seemingly nerdy, prim  and proper outward appearance greatly masks who I really am in the inside. It doesn't do much justice in showcasing my heavy metal obsessions and my liking toward dark horror genres. Wearing black to me is like subtly presenting my inner self to the world :)

There ya go, 5 reasons why I love black. Hope I had answered those of you who always seem to be chagrined at me for wearing black πŸ˜‚πŸ˜˜




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On making the most out of our time comment
10.2.17


  For most of us, pastime is the time to rest our weary souls from the hustle and bustle of work or university life. But there's also the inevitable and almost all-too-familiar dilemma that we find ourselves in especially during the weekends and holidays- we had rested our tired bodies way more than how much our bodies have accounted for, what next? Some of us continue to over-rest our bodies by snoozing the rest of the day away. A common justification for this is that we'll not be able to compensate our weary souls for its due rest when life embarks back in it's humdrum. But then again, we're inevitably faced with the classical saying "Time is gold" that plunges us into abject realization that the free time should not be frittered away in idleness.


  With the realization that dawn upon us on how fleeting time is, it doesn't take us long to approach at yet another realization that we have to raise to the challenge of getting out of our comfort zone and kick-starting something worthwhile. It could be a hobby, a research online on things that interest you, or exploring and carrying out something new, something you've wished to try all along. As Philip Stanhope once said, " If a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing well". These mortal words of the earl of Chesterfield continue to be etched in our hearts and minds as means of motivation and justification to carry out and strife to be good at what we do best. For this, we have every reason to pursue the things within our realm of interest and to seek and garner efforts to be good at it. This need not be limited to a narrow scope that only concerns your job/ area of specialization but could also simply include your favorite pastime or a thing that you've been longing to pursue but due to constraints of time and resources, never had the chance to.

 Arriving at that, some of us fret upon the idea that it's a little too late to be good at anything they have desired. This fear is further bolstered by the 10,000 Hour rule that sees itself as the only sure-fire way to get exceptionally good at something. While this is somewhat a proven fact, a large majority of us would agree that the rule is a little impractical.

 And yet the idea of pursuing that very something that interests us always mellows down our seemingly hopeless souls and shines a fresh and unblemished beacon of hope, as crisp as it had been when were our younger selves.

Bottom line is, it's never too late to try out anything. Never be afraid to try something new for life in all its glory is itself an adventure with each opportunity that present with each elapsing time.

Cheers to making the most out of each of our time!


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