October 14, 2016

What is happening?

Hey peeps.

I've been in a university for a few months already and I haven't posted anything for quite a while. Well, that indicates that actually I'm very busy!

Apart from that, I suppose life's good because living in Taylor's University, you're free to do anything. It's just that everything is super fast paced in ADP and coping with them seems so strenuous and tiring. But lets not make that as an excuse because I've seen students from PASUM struggling even harder.

So what happened?

Nothing, really. It just randomly popped out of my mind to fill this deserted blog with something. And also because I find that empty spaces are annoying.

June 26, 2016

Finally productive

Hey peeps!

It's 21st Ramadan and clearly, the spirit of a sloth (read: extreme laziness) has been invading my inner psyche for quite some time now and it's very dicey since we all know that when you do something perpetually, at some point you'll get used to it and laziness bears no exception. 

So to counter that, I'm forcing myself to become extra diligent by composing this post (almost) at the end of this holy month and to be frank, the contents of this post are going to be quite random so pardon me for that.

First things first, last Thursday (23rd June 2016), it was my first time for this whole month that I managed to finally do something productive, so guess what did I do?

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I visited my school! 

Quite shocking, yes? (well, not really because no one actually cares though *cries*)

And as far as I'm concerned, the school has undergone through quite numerous transformations after we left the school, and by far the most obvious change for me is the brand new gorgeous carpet in the school's surau! 

Dear Juniors, you should be very grateful for you no longer have to pray on the old and rough carpet. And by rough, I mean, yes, it was literally rough to the point that the area of skin above my metatarsals blistered, and it hurts! 

The superior view of the metatarsals (as shown in green).

But that is not the only purpose, in fact I visited the school alongside with my other schoolmates: Dalilah, Amy, and Harraz since we were the only ones who haven't registered for university yet. 

The funny thing was that Dalilah initially invited me to go to school with her, with a 'virtuous' intention to pay a visit to the teachers before we enrol to our respective colleges. 

But the plan turned out to be that she also invited Amy and Harraz along and yes it was euphoric. So the plan was a success.

So we met the teachers, asking for their advices and blessings (this is what most of the Malaysian students would do upon enrolling to new places) and Cikgu Zaharah, if you're reading this, HI CIKGU!!! 

Almost everyone's favourite view of the school.
(featuring new wall mounted flagpoles)

And at the very least, my time was properly filled too because otherwise, staying (read: rotting) at home won't help much either.

Plus going to Big Bad Wolf next with them and forced myself to buy a random novel, because or else, I would feel that my time was wasted for going to a book fare, miles away from home but ended up not buying anything in return.

Secondly (and lastly too), I've still got about 3 weeks of break, perhaps I should really start to prepare for university life, including SATs (I don't even know what SAT is) and whatnot because apparently, procrastination is really a serious problem and also, should I say the most chronic factor of failure in one's life (I don't know but this sounds pretty serious and scary).

"Procrastination is like a credit card: it's a lot of fun until you get the bill."
-Christopher Parker

Even the quote above sounds serious and scary too but never mind. And I suppose that's it! Lets hope (and take appropriate action) so that I'll change into a much better person, at least procrastination-less.

May 9, 2016

YTM scholarship 2016

Hey peeps!

Before we start, I would like to apologise for being super lazy as heck. It has been about almost a month since the last time I posted something. Well to be frank, procrastination has been hovering in my mind very frequently lately.

So throughout the period of what I would call as 'the zen phase' of my life, or simply my time doing nothing but relaxing all day long before college starts, my wit has gradually faded over time.

Plus, I was also free from any scholarship interviews since the past few weeks. So surely, less conversing equals to even lesser thinking hence explains my evaporating intelligence (I'm serious, I feel so dumb).

So folks, if you have already sense that this post won't attain your academical standard of writing (LOL), you don't have to waste your time giving single attention to this and ended up insulting me or this post. But some encouraging critiques or advices are absolutely welcome. Plus, this post isn't gonna be a detailed description of what actually happened.

So on 21st March 2016, I received an email from Yayasan Telekom Malaysia or YTM for short, requiring me to undertake some kind of an assessment or something, which little did I know at first about the format and its particulars since that was my first time answering assessment ever. Thus everything felt so hard and very challenging. Early hopes of advancing to the next stage were dimmed.

Well the test was pretty much akin to any other assessments. You can simply google for aptitude tests or read my previous post on PNB's written test (click here) and it consisted of three sections; Verbal, Numerical and Diagrammatical test.

Then after the very long wait amidst the silence from YTM, I was super shocked that I was invited to attend the EQ Camp, which is the second stage, through an email dating 9th April 2016. The camp was held in D'Village Resort located somewhere around Malacca Town.

But the main problem then, how was I supposed to get there? It was a 3-day camp starting from a freaking Wednesday till Friday!

So my father decided to ask one of his friends, currently living in Malacca to let me stay for a very short while in his house so that he can easily send me to the venue on the very next day. And yes, it happened. By the way, a big thank you to Uncle Mahathir for letting me stay in your wonderful house overnight. (rumah dia cantik)

The next morning, after a few turns and roundabouts here and there, I finally arrived to the hotel and of course there were signs of people with their parents settling with their things.

While I immediately rushed to the staircase at the entrance, then I bumped into these two fellas; Hafizul from STJ and Hanzalah from MRSM something (I can't recall, sorry) and we greeted each other, and we talked about I don't know what. The conversation went quite lengthy and yes, it happened at the staircase.

The entrance of the hotel. Thanks Google.

Next, we entered the hall for briefings about 30 minutes later. And there goes the boring part, registration, bla bla bla, nothing much.

But what happened after the briefings was something quite idiosyncratic compared to other scholarship interviews or whatever. The ice breaking session was held by doing aerobic exercises, in our freaking formal wear. We danced ecstatically to Bollywood and Thai songs, and some other physical activities.

The next thing that happened were all regarding activities in group. There were debates, personal sharing session and writing essays as well. I'm sorry but I couldn't discuss much on this since we were asked to not share anything to other people from outside the group. Hmmm...

Then, the last day was for the interview session. For me, the interview was okay but there's not much to talk about because it was pretty much similar to any other interviews. I was required to introduce myself, and some other random questions. And not to forget, it was a group interview.

And I suppose that's it!

So here's the scenery from throughout the hotel area.

This is the hall. Typical hotel look.



Some kind of a garden, I don't know.

Somehow this amuses me so much.

April 18, 2016

PNB scholarship written test 2016

(Update; I was shortlisted for the interview session on 23rd May 2016, but I didn't attend the session)

Hey peeps!

Last Monday (11th April 2016), I was selected to sit for a written test for PNB Global Scholarship Award 2016. Actually, there was not much going on because we only went there solely for the purpose to sit for the assessments.

But somehow the ambience reminded me of the good old SPM days, since the tests were held in a hall and the atmosphere was similar to that of our school's examination hall. 



The waiting lounge.

From what we were told by the officers in charge, the total of the shortlisted applicants who will be attending the tests are around 1000 students. And even more shockingly, only 20 successful candidates will be bestowed with the scholarship award.

In the truest sense of one's mind, what kind of competition is that? 

Probably, provided that I'm good enough to actually make it to the next stage (which I think sounds way too absurd), maybe I'm just gonna stick to what I already have. In fact, only now did I realize, how much endurance does it really cost to go through all the strenuous processes of scholarship selection.

Enough with the ramblings, then we were required to sit for three different timed tests. Just so you know, the assessment was divided into three sections. I had previously sit for Yayasan Khazanah, Yayasan TM and Petronas tests before and luckily, they were all pretty much the same. Its just that they were all conducted online, unlike PNB where I had to blacken my answers on the answer sheet.

So merely like the others, PNB's written test comprised of;

1. Verbal test:- Probably to assess our understanding and comprehension skills. We were presented with short passages of texts and needed to answer a True, False or Cannot Say response to each statements. This section contains 30 questions and you have to answer them all within 20 minutes.

2. Numerical test:- Now we were required to answer questions using facts and figures presented in statistical tables, graphs or whatever it maybe. You don't have to worry much, the questions were all Mathematics related and I know you guys are totally experts in numbers. 20 minutes for 18 questions.

3. Diagrammatic test:- The test is about the understanding of concepts and ideas, visualized with the use of diagrams and imagery instead of by linguistic or algebraic means. You'll have to guess the next picture in the sequences. This time, 40 questions in 20 minutes.

So I suppose that's it! And to those who have never experienced answering IQ tests like this, you might be calling yourself insensitive to numbers or simply not good at English, but I reckon you to google for aptitude tests. There are a lot of sample questions similar to these, available for free. Remember, practice makes perfect! And the results for the next stage will be out in a month time.

I don't think I will be working with you one day. (ignore the girl)

Goodbye PNB Tower, I can't even look at you properly since the sun was too bright!



April 16, 2016

Of options and the incertitudes

Hey peeps!

Just so you know, this whole week had been very hectic and so packed! Never have I ever been through such a busy period since last SPM, which was a few long months ago. To be frank, I did get the chance to dodge such lunacy but hey, life would be boring then.

Last Monday, I attended the PNB scholarship assessment test, sort of. Well, the test was okay but I'm not gonna share much for now because I'll be posting about this in another specific post. (Update; click here for the post)

Second thing, I was (luckily, thank God) invited to attend Yayasan Telekom's EQ Camp for 3 days (from Wednesday to Friday). So basically the camp is actually one of the YTM scholarship selection processes. (Update; click here for the post)

The first stage was the Cubiks IQ test which I have never thought of doing well for the assessment because it was way more difficult than Khazanah's and Petronas's. The second stage was the camp and the last part was the interview stage. Again I'll be posting this up in another post.

And despite the fact that many schools have already held their Majlis Anugerah Kecemerlangan since the past few weeks, months or so, my school's turn was today!

Of course, as the normal Majlis Anugerah Kecemerlangan would run, there were prizes for the high achievers and top scorers, photograph session with our graduation robes on, speech, you know what's next.

But the highlight was that when my friends and I, we shared our excitement and jubilation of succeeding to survive school days, whilst talking and worrying about our future. Guess what, I also got to meet my beloved teachers, listening to their advices and encouragements for what's ahead.

Thanks a quadrillion cikgu, you really made me enjoyed my school times real hard! Surely you all will be missed. *cries*

Now, as the title propose, life is nothing but about making accurate decisions whilst having to bear the risks of the uncertainties. For your information, I made it to be offered the MJHEP scholarship (click here for the interview post). There will be a total of 150 successful candidates out of a few thousands if I'm not mistaken.

However, I really can't decide whether if I should just go for the scholarship considering the fact that I have also attended a lot more other interviews.

What'll happen if I accept this offer? That means I will not be able to accept another offers anymore (unless if I'm gonna have to pay for about RM10,000 which to me, is ridiculous).

But if I'm about to reject it, what if this is the only offer that I'll be getting? As the Malay saying goes, "Yang dikejar tak dapat, yang dikendong berciciran".

Then about a few moments later, to my utter shock, I was offered another scholarship. (click here for the interview post).

So that simply means that I don't have to fret much on whether to accept the MJHEP offer or not. Unfortunately, after a few Q&A's with tons of people, most of them would raise doubts about the country that I'll be going- the United States of America.

"Why won't you go for Japan? Compared to the States, they are a whole lot nicer"

"What if Trump wins? You're a Muslim"

Questions like this make me feel even more perplexed, knowing the fact that they might be true too. But then again, I don't think I'm gonna pick Japan over the States because the registration for MJHEP is tomorrow and I haven't done any preparations at all! (17th April 2016) 

Only now did I realize that selecting over options is too baffling since we are definitely unsure of the consequences trailing behind. So the only solution is to decide wisely! 

*headache*

April 4, 2016

Petronas scholarship interview (PYD 2016)


Hey peeps! 

After quite a while, I haven't posted anything yet so today, especially for the aspiring future Petronas scholars out there, I'll be sharing my experiences during the adventurous (not really) Petronas YoungStars Day 2016 (read: PYD). 

I don't know why the hell did Petronas named their scholarship interview process as PYD. I assume that it is because, well the event took place for the whole day (including a few other days in Taylor's Lakeside Campus and East Malaysia) to pluck the brightest stars amongst us - through some assessments and interview, obviously.

So that morning, I woke up extra early (again) because the interview was held at KDU College in Utropolis, Glenmarie (somehow, I personally think that the name Utropolis sounds like a place located somewhere in a superhero movie). Quite a distance from my house, in Bangi.

So good luck folks, I don't think it's easy to look for that place (but with GPS to assist you, anything's possible).

And one more thing, unless if you're already familiar with the location, please don't try to make any suicidal attempts of heading there with the hopes that you'll reach the place right on time, by starting your journey behind schedule. Trust me, morning in the city is usually considered as one of the peak hours especially for traffic jam.

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Which I did, hence it caused me to arrive there slightly late, thus I was assigned for the later groups; Lab 7-10.

L8 simply means Lab 8 and I don't know what was the number 17 for.

So as per usual, there will always be a briefing session for whatever scholarship interviews you're going to attend. And the registration was held in the same hall as the briefing session. I don't know whether if the hall has a name or whatever, because I simply couldn't care less. 

Not to forget that they also provided us breakfast - ikan bilis bun and a bottle of (Mesra, Petronas brand y'know) mineral water. So you don't really have to worry much of not having breakfast at all.

I ended up giving away the bun to my lil sister since I never liked it even from my school days back then in BASIS (DM of my school always serves them for supper).

But surely, I was really in love with the design and geometrical shapes studded on the wall, because it looked so stunning and minimalistic.

Enough with the frenzy, we then sat according to our respective groups and we all headed to the lab we were initially assigned, to sit for two assessments - CPSQ and TSA.

For CPSQ, the test is all about your personality and how do you play your role in a team, things like that. And do remember that this is a timed assessment so 45 minutes is more than enough since it does not require you to think really much.

But for TSA, this is the normal assessment that you would eventually answer during any other scholarship selection. It requires you to fully utilise your brain functionality, and to think as fast and as efficient as you can (hahaha trust me, the truth doesn't really resemble my description of the test so no worries). And we were given approximately about 90 minutes to finish 40 questions. So that's definitely a lot of time for such little number of questions. I reckon you to sit for some online aptitude tests first, merely for preparation.

So around 1pm, we (applicants from the same lab as mine, Lab 8) finished both of the assessments and we headed back to the hall to retrieve the original copies of our certificates. Do remember that during the registration, we were required to hand in both our original and certified true copies of our certificates to them at the counter.

Interestingly, they also provided us with chicken rice and a bottle of mineral water (Mesra, again) for lunch. It was very nice of them to actually offer us foods since there were like a total of a few hundred applicants for that day only.

And I ended up finishing my meal at the table in front of 7E. Plus humans passing here and there. Not much privacy to eat but hey, I was sitting amidst the crowd so what to expect?

Before we progress, let me make things clear first. This year (I don't know about the previous years), only successful candidates will be called for the second phase in the evening. Successful here means that you managed to answer the assessments according to the criteria predetermined. And the second phase is simply the interview session.

So after about an hour of waiting, around 2pm only did they pasted the lists of names of the successful candidates. To be honest, firstly I was hoping that I won't succeed to advance to the second phase since I was already super duper exhausted and I need a good deep sleep.

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And yes, I managed to proceed to the second phase. Kiss goodbye to dozing on my fluffy bed. We were then required to gather in a very big, fancy-looking (if compared to the conference room during my YTN scholarship interview at RHR Hotel) room before we headed to the holding room, if I'm not mistaken (I really can't recall the name of the room). I personally think that it was more like a hall because it was too big to be considered as a room. 

Then again, we sat in groups. I have like four other members in my group excluding me; Kaulah, Sheann, Amirah and Hafiiz. 
We needed to remain in this room first. Probably a lecture hall.

This is the hall before we headed to the second room. Notice the wall there? 

On my left was Aizat from KUSESS (Yes, the same person from my group during the MJHEP final interview) but this time he was not in the same group of mine though. By the way, we were in the holding room.

On my right, there was Hafiiz Rashid from INTESABER. That girl in red hijab was my group mate too. Her name is Kaulah from KISAS.

In the holding room, we were all given a sheet with a case study on it. And there was about 15 minutes for us to develop our points alone. Yes, alone. No discussion or whatever.

Then only we were allowed to discuss and share our thoughts and ideas during the interview session. But to be honest, the interview felt more like a casual group discussion instead of like a very serious interview because everyone was like so chill and relax. About the case study, we were asked to think about effective ways or methods to boost sales of the Mesra shop at the Petronas gas stations. But I guess different sessions have different sets of case studies.

So overall, I think the interview was okay. Just don’t overshadow your fellow group mates because that will make you look selfish.

So to soothe my humdrum mind after hours of dealing with humans, I'm gonna please my retina with this gorgeous view of the front of the building. Pity me that I have to deal with my peculiar sense of taste lol.

Bye!

March 29, 2016

MJHEP final stage interview 2016

Hey peeps!

To my utter surprise, I was recently notified by the Yayasan Pelajaran Mara because I was shortlisted again for the MJHEP interview. Yes, you read it right, I have to attend the interview twice! 
It's just that this time, it is called the final interview.

"So what? You should be grateful for given the chance to attend interviews"

"Yeah, we didn't even get any offers"

Nevertheless, that's not the problem, mate. 

Previously, we were apprised by them (the JADYPM guys) that there will be one interview only. Just like the years before. So that simply means that after we have succeeded in the first interview, then we will be accepted and that's it! No more second interview or whatever. 

Presumably, I suppose that the competition this year is even tougher than ever. And since the factor of economic recession in our country has become worsen (who to blame?) so everything especially when it comes to scholarship, the selection has become stricter and even more arduous. 

But hey, we were all filled with robust spirits to strike whatever coming through our way! (sounds like kamen rider or something LOL)

So today (29th March 2016), I arrived at the MJII slightly earlier than the time mentioned in the invitation letter (I don't know what is it called) which was about 7.25 am. So my dad decided to buy some cream filled breads from the 7E amongst the shop lots in front since I ate nothing yet. Breakfast is settled.

Then I wandered around the place and took some pictures (but none of myself are in them since I'm not photogenic) So here they are:-

The entrance sign


I cannot recall the location of these places.

As always, before all there was the registration part. We queued at the counter whilst waiting for our turns. So japanesey.

Then again, we were required to gather in a conference room with other shortlisted candidates to listen to briefings, bla bla bla, you know what's gonna happen next. And we sat according to our groups, just so you know. 

How luckily, I got to join the first group! So there were four of us; Hakeem (SAMURA), Aizat (KUSESS), Farah (SMKP Bukit Kuda) and me. Indeed it was a real pleasure meeting them, despite not having anything in common besides our race (Duh, isn't that obvious?) and being former SBP students. (No worries Farah, Hakeem and I even chatted with you regarding our concerns about the future right?)

So our interview started approximately around 8.30am. And yes you're right, this is a group interview similar to the first one.

Naturally, I was nervous too but not as bad as Farin (she was super nervous and constantly reminded me about her fears and concerns regarding her future). By the way she was a classmate of mine back then in BASIS.

Now the interview part, we were required to give copies of our SPM results slip to the panels (there were three of them) and it was time for them to evaluate us. So basically, the interview went quite well since it was pretty much a Q&A session, just harder. And mostly, they asked about general knowledge like the background of MARA, names of a few cabinet ministers especially the female ones, something about VR (Virtual Reality) and some other random questions. 

My only advice is, don't simply overshadow any of your group members. My mistake was that I answered too many questions repetitively even if they didn't ask me to. To make it sound easier, I interrupted them while they was answering some of the questions. And sadly, I was scolded by one of panels.

"This is an interview, okay? Don't simply interrupt"

So dear folks, please remember that for any group interviews in the future. 

So that's basically it. It's just that I really had to leave the place immediately, soon after I have finished the interview since I totally forgot to complete the Yayasan Khazanah assessment! Even worse, the deadline is that afternoon, before 2 pm. (I'm gonna be a dead meat) (No, not really. I managed to finish everything on time before 2 though. But I wildly guessed everything) 

Sorry Anas, Nazmi and Farin. We didn't get to take pictures together. How bad.
  
Big goodbye to MJII. Hope to see you again real soon!
(some hiraganas spotted on the road)

To sum everything up, here's a picture of Roti Canai and Iced Milo from the "Mamak" in front. I ended up eating them for brunch! (don't blame me, I ate nothing but some small breads for breakfast) 

Bye!

March 25, 2016

YTN scholarship interview 2016 (Part 2)

Hey peeps! before we progress, this is actually the second part of my YTN interview post. So click here for the first part.

Again, I was sitting in the conference room together with the smart-asses I suppose, paying attention to Mrs. I-don't-know-her-name while she was giving us a simple briefing on TNB and the scholarships offered. And dear people, please remain focus because the panel of interviewers might be asking you of what you were told during the briefing session later.

The process took quite a while before we were given a sheet full of questions and we were told to answer them within 10 minutes. Remember, time waits for no person so please don't underestimate the time given. I know that you people are geniuses but just don't.

If I'm not mistaken, the set comprised of about 10++ questions?? Sorry because I can't recall lol. The questions were all KBAT-oriented and sadly, they did mentioned about integrity so we weren't supposed to share any of the questions to the public.

But you don't really need to worry at all! Trust me, they were not really as bad as the KBAT sounds because mostly they will ask you about your personal life, what you were doing during your childhood days whatsoever.

Or else I would be banging my head against the wall since I was sitting right next to it. Hahaha.

Then there was the photography session.

So folks, rock the best outfit! (besides for good first impression from the interviewers)

So that concludes the briefing session. And break, whilst we were served with jam filled breads and packet drinks, later we shared our feelings, nervousness and even our background before we were called for the individual interview by groups.

At least, race doesn't even matter at that time because we all shared the same thoughts of having butterflies in our stomachs. And some last minute interview tips as well. Living perfectly well in union, right? BTN (Biro Tatanegara, just so you know) would be very proud of us! *facepalm*

Now, the interview. The akak in charged called us one by one and we had to sit first outside the room before entering. So, this is the perfect time to wish anyone around you good luck because thats just our tradition right? We wish good luck to everyone we meet.

So basically, my interview was pretty much the same as what we were told by our teachers, our seniors or whoever else it may be. At least the starting was like that because the interviewers ended up asking me questions like when was the last time I went to Big Bad Wolf, my opinion about Freemason and Illuminati (I'm not joking, this is true) and how frequent do I go to IOI City Mall after I told them that I'm currently living in Bandar Baru Bangi. (I admit Bangi and IOI City Mall is quite near so no wonder)

Needless to say(or type), my advice during the interview;

1. Tell them about yourself, in a way that they cannot find or read from your resume, folder or whatever it may be. For instance, after telling them your name and school, try to elaborate more on your hobbies (beneficial only) like the pros of doing it or something else good. From there onwards, you will be able to articulate yourself better.

2. Please avoid lying as possible as you can, especially if you're not good at it. During interviews, honesty is the best policy most of the times (not at all times though). This is to avoid stutter during your explanation because you have to think about the made up stories of yours. Unless if you have already prepared a fake inspiring story earlier and have undergone adequate practice, maybe that's okay.

3. Avoid using "emmm" and "ahh" at all times. Albeit you might be telling the interviewers a true story of yours, but it is most likely for them to think that you're making up stories. Maybe you might be having some trouble conversing in english because most of the interviews are in english. So the best tip is to have confidence. How? By not freaking out or thinking too much on your grammar. Seriously, most of us are afraid to communicate in english because we would be embarrassed if other people would make fun of our grammar. I'm not saying that you have to totally ignore your grammar because your english might end up sounding ridiculous or even hard to understand. But again, practice is really the key. Preparing an outline for your speech is good too.

4. Keep a good and consistent eye contact. Avoid looking into the ceiling or any windows while presenting your interview speech. In my case, there were three interviewers so you have to keep looking into their eyes for a more convincing look. I know some of you would be very nervous to have to look continuously into one's eyes. So I reckon you to practice first like whenever you're having a business or dealing with a cashier in Tesco, or a waitress in a cafe, try to make an eye contact with them first. I know this might sound weird and a bit awkward but trust me, it actually works! Don't forget to smile too.

5. Lastly, I'm just going to add from the first point. I know that every one of us, including me senses the urge of telling the interviewers that we are the best candidate compared to anyone else. You can easily go from showing off your thick certificates from your school days or bragging about your daring personality just to convince them that you're the creme de la creme. Trust me, especially if you are in the evening session, the interviewers have already heard the same boring things about the students' achievements during their high school days even from the morning. I wouldn't say that it is not right but I would prefer to tell them more about my personal life and the adversities that I have gone through and how I overcame them. By doing so, it clearly shows that I possess the admirable qualities without having to mention about them so often.

All in all, my interview went quite well but it wasn't really satisfying because these tips were extracted from my own experience of doing mistakes (and also a big thank you to Kak Ayman Hazwani for the advice!). Good luck!

Break a leg!


March 22, 2016

YTN scholarship interview 2016 (Part 1)

HEY PEEPS!

I'm back! And it has been several days after my previous post. If you guys can still remember (its not even a gazillion years), I was shortlisted for the YTN interview and today is the day! (I got the afternoon session)

So, today I woke up a little extra early than usual (to be honest it was only 30 minutes earlier) so as to finish anything that's left to do.

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Just kidding! Just so you know, Mr. Procrastination will always (I hope not) be my truest mate. That one treacherous friend that'll definitely backstab you at the most unexpected time of the day.

Back to the story, the interview was held at the RHR Hotel which is located inside of the Uniten in Bangi. Surprisingly, despite all the news that we heard almost everywhere, the weather wasn't even sunny at all. There was no sign of extreme heat wave and in fact it was drizzling pretty heavily not as per usual.

This is the front section of the hotel. As I've mentioned earlier, it was raining cats and dogs so I grabbed this pic from google image (I have to). Hahaha. But now, the hotel has already transformed to grey.

The registration part was a bit weird and confusing (not really, but to me it is). Just because I arrived to the hotel a little bit early (as ordered by YTN themselves), so I decided to spare my time wandering around the lobby, looking for open wifi. And no, there's no wifi for you. I suppose you will have to be the hotel guest first? So here's a few snaps of the lobby (I'm sorry but its pretty bad)

East wing of the lobby

West wing

Then there was this one guy (I cannot recall his name) calling for scholarship applicants from the east wing of the lobby. So we gathered and there were like 20 of us? (I don't know! 20 is just a hentam approximation) And then I saw our names listed on the whiteboard.

Guess what? there was Zafri Zahri amongst the names on the list (Jep, if you're reading this, Hi!) I don't know but I felt so excited out of a sudden. Just so you know, he was a classmate of mine back then in BASIS. But then again, only did I realize that he was assigned for the morning session. Mine was the afternoon session (not so afternoon, I would call it evening because it started at approximately 2pm)

Next, we were required to go to the first floor. And there was the place where all the registrations and stuff were held. And we got divided into 7 groups if I'm not mistaken. But let me get things clear before we progress, THIS IS NOT A GROUP INTERVIEW. The grouping was only meant to determine the room that we're about to get interviewed. So, I got to join group B.

Before that, PLEASE REMEMBER TO ALWAYS BRING BOTH THE ORIGINAL AND PHOTOSTATED VERSION OF YOUR CERTIFICATES. Make sure that the photostated version of your certs have been certified earlier by your school's principal or whoever that is eligible.
Or else you might be facing problem of not getting allowed to be interviewed so please be cautious.

We were then ordered to wait in a pretty plain and not so fancy conference room named Titan 5 (I cannot recall the name of the room lol) for a simple briefing on the history of TNB as well as the courses and countries offered.

While waiting, I managed to take a few pics of the other applicants so here they are:-

See, its all plain white and boring.

2 lovely ladies from SESERI (don't get confused with SSP, okay?)

Meet Adrian, my newly met friend from Tanjong Karang. (update; I will be meeting him again during PYD!)

Okay, I'm gonna continue in another post because why not :)

March 18, 2016

Pretty uninteresting posts ahead

Hey peeps!

Yes, the title bares it all...

I don't know what's with the sudden obsession, but for sure I will be posting about boring scholarships interviews and stuff.

One of the reasons is because I was shortlisted for an interview from one of the scholarship bodies. And this is not my first time.

So having the chance to attend the interview was one thing, but the experiences I gained was another! I can now at least annihilate any tinge of nervousness, striking unexpectedly.

As a bonus, I also finally got to meet my ex-schoolmates from SMKJ4 (some of them moved to SASER and ASIS) and some interview dos and don'ts as well.

And yes, maybe I will be posting that up later too. Surely before the world ends.

I suppose that's it since I have to finish 2 more essays due tomorrow (sigh). Sayonara!

Random rants

Hey peeps!

So it has been March 2016 already and obviously, I haven't posted anything during 2015. Well, probably because it was the most frightful (and busiest) year amongst any other years.

Yes, it was the examination (read: SPM) year!

Well to be honest, not really because it is of no use for me to post anything since no one would ever read or found this blog anyway.

So first week of March had been very hectic since we all need to do researches about scholarships and stuff. Even the very very early stage of scholarship application is super exhausting since we need to write essays ranging from 250 to 1000 words. Not to forget, when it comes to the part where we have to fill in the form with infos of our family members.

Simply imagine if you have more than 5 siblings!

I wonder if the past scholars had been doing the same mundane, boring, monotonous, uninteresting (I'm squeezing in every word possible to emphasize the dullness of this activity) thing...

And even the sadder part is that getting to know that my friends were not qualified to apply for most of the scholarships despite getting straight A's (combination of A+/A/A-) albeit it seems like not succeeding of getting shortlisted for the applied scholarship after all the essay and hard work is such a disappointment either.

Speaking about results, Well I didn't managed to get straight A+, or 9A+ in my case although I have been aiming on getting such gratification, so basically my actual results fell short of that. To be honest, I was devastated at first upon receiving my slip on the stage and I did burst into tears right after I got down from the stage, but for a few seconds only!

Haha funny me!

However, such feelings of affliction gradually faded and now, I am being grateful and it is such a liberating experience because I no longer have to live depressingly under the hopes of anyone. Yes, I cannot fulfill everyone's expectation, in fact no one can, right? And yet, people still congratulate me on my results.

"Then which of the favours of your Lord will you deny?"
-Surah Ar-Rahman

So now lets just wait for the best planning that Allah has for us. Adios!