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! 


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.




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.




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.