Friday, 18 August 2017

my education history

It’s going to be a long, nostalgic post, this one. After all, I am turning 22 in a few months’ time, which means I have been going to schools and gaining knowledge through our formal education institutions for 18 years, almost. For the lack of memory capacity in my brain, I made it compulsory for myself to write everything I remember about this in my blog, before I embark on a whole new, daunting ride soon. Here is my journey—

Kindergarten Era (2000 – 2001)
Oh gawd, I barely remember anything about kindergarten!!! I think it’s called as Pasti Al Huda and it’s located just behind my house. I don’t remember what I learned there, probably just memorizing all the doas before eating, sleeping, etc, as well as the alif ba ta, ABCs, and 123s.

I enjoyed the daily break time for lunch. We’d break into small groups and eat together from a big plate (talam?). It was fun because right after we said our prayers we’d fight over the biggest portion we could get from the talam. Sounds gross now that I think about it lol

We’d get so done with drinking hot tea every single day that my friends and I sneaked out to my house through the back door just to drink plain water or milo. I don’t remember so much about my kindergarten friends either—there were Najwa, Zainab, Alia… and the rest whom I can’t recall. Alas, my kindergarten experience wasn’t terrible.

Primary School Era (2002 – 2007)
I went to Sekolah Kebangsaan Bandar Baru Darulaman near my house in Jitra. It was good too. The classes were named after colors. My class was actually the second last class and it’s called Putih, from Standard 1 to 4. So yeah, I wasn’t really a smart ass back then.

However, during Standard 4 end of year exam, I somehow aced it and became the top 4 students throughout my batch. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I DID? I was not that clever before… second last class for 4 years straight remember?! I think it was kind of a miracle or something. But yeah, I got transferred to the first class which was called as Hijau for Standard 5 and 6. Since then, 4 became my favorite (lucky) number. And that’s the beginning of my journey in doing well throughout the upcoming exams.

Oh, we did have religious classes after school period before right? It was in the late afternoons. I think it’s called KAFA classes. I wanted to join so bad because most of my friends went, so I paid the registration fees and went to the class for a day only. Never again! I told myself right after because I didn’t wanna miss the bawang putih bawang merah sinetron playing on television in the late afternoon. LOL priorities

High School Era (2008 – 2012)
Fuh, this was the era where I felt like I was already a grown up (perasan je). I still remember guys, I really wanted to go to a religious school (sekolah agama) *trying to repent from my sinful decision of choosing a sinetron over religious classes before* and I even went for the qualification exam and interview. Of course, I wasn’t selected.

So I ended up going to SMK Bandar Baru Darulaman, near my house. A few months in, I noticed some of my friends were leaving school to go to SBP/MRSM. Curious and envious, I wrote an appeal letter by hand and mailed it to MARA and Kementerian Pendidikan myself. I was still 13 at that time.

I think it was around the middle of the year when I got the offers to go to SBP Bukit Kayu Hitam and MRSM Kubang Pasu, thankfully. I chose MRSM Kubang Pasu and spent the rest of my high school years there. I got 8A’s for PMR and alhamdulillah 9A’s for SPM. I don’t remember what I got for my SPM trial but I got into MARA Fast Track program using that result. So, even before SPM results were out, I was already in college.

Pre-University Era (2013 – 2014)
Yo this was the epitome of the ‘college life’ people usually boast about. It was crazy fun, carefree, stress-free, and ahh idk how to describe it! My life in INTI International University Nilai for 1 year and a half was just pure greatness. I was surrounded with awesome friends who still stick with me until now. It’s legit fun and I would do it again for sure!

Bachelor’s Degree Era (2014 – 2018 2016)
I completed my degree in BSc Psychological Sciences at Purdue University, Indiana, USA. It was a lonely, challenging experience at first but along the way I guess I got the courage to push myself out of comfort zones.

In Purdue was where I got the opportunity to mix with people from different backgrounds. I got the chance to learn Spanish and American Sign Language. I got the chance to do my internship in Peru and visited the famous Machu Picchu. I got the chance to take elective classes and explored my passion and interest. I loved every bit of my experiences in Purdue, as well as the people.

Alhamdulillah, I graduated with Distinction with a CGPA of 3.86/4.00. Though I have to say that I was supposed to graduate in May 2018, however I took summer classes and somehow completed all the requirements to graduate by December 2016. So I did.

Some people question me if I was too in a rush, that I should enjoy my degree years more. But tbh I still feel like my decision to graduate was right. I enjoyed my degree years enough and I felt like I have done enough according to my capacity. I know I have bigger plans await. [sorry I kiasu]

Master’s Degree Era (2017-2018 inshaAllah)
Getting the offer to do my Masters in UCL made me so happy. It’s my dream school. And getting a prestigious scholarship awarded to me after all the struggles is even more worthwhile [read about my scholarship journey here]. But hey, it’s not even the start of the journey yet.

I am anxious af to fly to London and start over, especially considering that it’s a Masters program!! I’d probably be the youngest and the one with least experience in my course so every now and then I’d feel very inferior. Ugh, this inferiority complex ting. But let’s hope for the best!


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