The hours I have left here are ticking away, but more importantly, so are the minutes until I begin a new adventure.
It's so strange, exciting, and scary at the same time. This isn't the first time I've moved to a new place and country, but it feels like it. The first time happened so quickly that I didn't really have time to realize what was going on. Now I'm supposed to be more prepared, but I'm also a bit more overwhelmed.
Whatever it is though, I am infinitely blessed to have this opportunity, and also parents who are so supportive. They've made so much of this possible with their love. <3
There are so many things I'm prepared and unprepared for. Some important things really should have been done already, but are not, and for some reason I'm fine with that and not particularly worried. I suppose this is called going by faith. Some things do concern me, but it's also nice to know that God has planned everything out already, just as He always has. Still, as humans, we can't help but worry, but that's just part of the whole process.
Freshers' week is going to be crazy - my calendar is packed already, and I'm still trying to figure out which events to go to for... and I just realized that "squash" does not always refer to the sport there... and there may be cows very near me. I wonder if I can pet them. Yesterday, I got my new UK number, yay. It's relatively easy to remember, and it's a little similar to my current one, so that's good.
Some of my friends are there already, haha. Some have been traveling around the UK and just got into Cambridge, whilst some just arrived in the country.
Hazel is going on an adventure of her own too. She'll be staying with my aunt and uncle, and while my heart breaks that I can't have her with me for now, I'm glad that she will be with them. My uncle is going to get a bike with a basket and put her in it and cycle around... oh dear. That will be the ride of her life.
Perhaps what is making this a little (or a lot) harder is that I don't know when I will be back. No matter what, this is still where I was born and grew up. I really want to come back for part of summer next year, but everyone has been telling me not to. Go travel, they say... I seriously want to do that, but summer is also 4 months long! I could visit all the popular spots in Europe (though I'd rather go for some quainter ones too), and still have time to come back. And if I do stay there the whole time, I have no idea where I'm actually going to stay...
Oddly enough, I'm rather excited to see my desk and set it up. I actually had a conversation with my College about it, hm. I also have this thing about stationery, and I am disproportionately excited about using my highlighters again. I got my favorite ones and a pack of new ones too, haha.
Well, I have to sign off now. The next time I blog will probably be from there, so see you guys soon!
The hours I have left here are ticking away, but more importantly, so are the minutes until I begin a new adventure.
Just over a week until I head to the UK. The countdown (and packing frenzy) begins...
I've been having fun these past few weeks. There was a CUMaS Freshers' Camp and Dinner, where I met some of my seniors and the freshers who will be going with me. There aren't a lot of freshers for Law, haha. I have a nice number of Engineering friends though! My whole CUMaS family is comprised of Engineering students except me, haha.
Also been doing stuff for CollegeLAH. We had an interview last week (and one tomorrow), and an Oxbridge workshop in Taylor's Subang Jaya.
Hey all. Here are two of my IELTS essays for the writing component of the academic version of the test, as promised. There is one sample for Part 1, and one for Part 2. They were graded 8.5 out of 9.0 by a person who doesn't give 9.0. No mistakes that are apparent.
Just sharing as some of my friends have been asking for samples, and I hope they help! You can download these essays as PDFs HERE (the preview below shows one of them).
For the writing component, just be straightforward, and remember the word count. Have good structure, and logical points. They don't have to be brilliant, but they must make sense. Proper grammar is a must, of course, and make sure you answer the question (not what you wish they had asked).
Yes, I met my offer - praise God. I'm pleased as a whole with my results - parts rather surprised me. Perhaps the story of how I checked my results will interest you more, however. It all started one sunny morning... Okay, scratch that. It was a sunny day, but that beginning is too cliche. Long story short, I freaked out at 9AM because I checked the paper with the password and link (or rather, a picture of it), and somehow came to the conclusion that results were already released. They were not.
At 1PM, I sat
My mom and I have been shopping since then (and before - oops). The other day, we bought a mini rice cooker! It's pink and it's adorable, hehe. The guy there thought they ran out of pink so I was going to wait, but he called a short while later to say he found one somewhere... Later found out that a friend of mine bought the exact same one, heh. Great minds think alike.
Early last week, I met some friends, including a senior who helped me get through A2 and very patiently helped me with various questions when I thought my brain would combust.
Last week, KDU also had the farewell party/award ceremony for my batch. It was nice seeing my coursemates and lecturers again. :)
|Some of my friends <3|
|History class, missing two again. We're all starting uni these two months! 3 of us are doing Law.|
We took it out for its first outing yesterday, which was the CUMaS outreach in Sunway University. I was a volunteer this year, which felt slightly odd and yet nice, since I was an audience member a year ago... Now I'm on the other side. While I was there, I met an old Niexter friend of mine, Kai Song, and a few of the other freshers. It was awesome getting to meet them!
|From left to right: Andrew, Jia Min, Kenny, me, Kai Song, and Allysha, who is also doing law|
|With Ms Chee, the awesome KDU A Level program leader. I just realized we were blue, which is KDU's color, HAHA. What nice coordination.|
My grandparents also happened to be in town, so we met them too over the weekend, along with some other relatives. Both sides got along quite well!
On a related note, I also finally downloaded Viber (redownloaded, rather), and got my cousin in Australia to download it too, haha. I was her first call. :p We made a deal involving plane tickets, hoodies, and waffles.
Between spending time with my lovely family and reading (did I mention that the university sent me a rather long reading list during my exams a few months ago?), I've also been working on my shop. It isn't where I would like it to be yet, but I'm trying my best on it. If you would like to, you can visit it here. I made a new mega chevron paper pack today too! There are six different chevron patterns in four colors each, making for a total of 24 fun different designs! They're only $4 for the whole pack. :)
Anyway, I made some notes while studying, namely in the form of a timeline, and I wanted to share it with you. I didn't have much time to study, so I focused on being as concise as possible. Here's a preview of the first page:
Since time was not on my side, what I did was follow a useful tip from one of the guidebooks, which is, in my own words, to study not so much the individual events (though I did memorize many of those, which are included here), but chunks of history. For example, I included the general eras, such as the years of the Abolitionist Movement, and it is quite easy, once one knows the characteristics of this period, to tell what events are likely to have happened during those years.
- There's no need to memorize specific dates, as you probably won't be asked "on which date was the Battle of Bunker Hill fought?"; that being said, however, you may need to know the order of certain events, particularly battles. For example: Lexington and Concord --> Bunker Hill --> Saratoga --> Monmouth --> Charleston. They could just ask you to order three of them, or perhaps five, but they shouldn't ask when one occurred specifically (from my experience, anyway).
- If you're short on study time, focus more on associations than specific facts. For example, if you know a certain president was very much concerned with social reforms or advocated a particular movement, you don't have to memorize his specific policies to remember them.
- Use the weird, quirky things! There are some facts of U.S. history that I remember learning many years ago, simply because they were weird and interesting. The 1930s saw the Great Depression after the post-WWI boom, and it was during this time that people complained about Hoovervilles. What were they? Hoovervilles were shanty towns that were characteristic of this economic downturn - people called them that because they blamed then-President Herbert Hoover for their suffering. So, by remembering "Hoovervilles," you already know who was president when the Depression took place, and how the people felt about him, thus implying that he wasn't doing a very good job (in their opinion, anyway). This relates back to what I said about focusing on associations.
- Again with the weird things. If you find something easy to remember, just keep it in your brain. One practice question I did asked who the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean was, and I happened to remember that, for some reason (answer: Amelia Earhart). College Board does tend to ask some seemingly random questions like that. That said, don't sweat the small stuff. Better to focus on what you can remember and is important than freak out over what you can't get into your head, and may not come out anyway.
- Google "APUSH." Besides being easy to remember (ah-push... ay-push? hmm), it stands for AP (Advanced Placement) U.S. History. The AP is different from the SAT in terms of testing style, so don't bother with test-specific stuff, but you may be able to find useful history facts and flashcards.
We arrived in Fraser's before noon, and since it was too early for lunch, we took some pictures...
The flowers are my favorite, haha. Spot the bees? My mom got the perfect shots!
This was my lunch. Supposed to be western, but it tasted more like curry to me... Still nice, even though it wasn't quite what I was expecting.
Nicholas also drew this for me, and I thought it was really sweet. :)
On another note, I've been reading a lot, and working on my shop, Openquote Designs, too (I finally just ran its first ad campaign). I am currently on books #6 and #7. One of the books I read was actually a trilogy though, so perhaps that should be #9 and #10 instead. I'm quite happy with my progress so far, but I have a very tall stack to go through! It kind of reminds me of Alaska's life library... I don't need to finish all of them now, but I know I'll get to them eventually. There are some that I need to finish before the summer ends though. The next book I'm going to read just arrived in the KDU library, and I will very happily be the first person to read it!
|Selfieeee! after my exams. One of my first selfies... hm.|
|Last History class with the unforgettable Mr Thiru. Can you feel the classroom love? A few classmates are missing though.|
|After our last Economics class, with the lovely Ms Elsie on the first from the right. These are some of the awesome people that helped me keep my sanity, and they're all wonderful people! :) I hope we meet again.|
It's strange now to think that I probably won't have good reason to go into a KDU classroom again - not for classes, at least. I've made a lot of wonderful friends too (not just ones contrived by eighteenth century authors) who have helped me along the way, and taught me a lot of things (and took selfies with me). I made friends not just with my course mates, but seniors who gave me good advice, and my juniors as well. Our very last day of official classes saw us being very loud in the halls... I'm going to miss them too, and I really hope that our paths cross again one day.
|Picture credit to Justin Lim, my fellow scholarship recipient|
When I look back at the past one and a half years since I first started the A-Level course, it feels amazing to know that I have come this far. My parents have been supporting me since Day One, and my friends have been so awesome too. It has been wonderful getting to know them all, and my lecturers too, who went the extra step. KDU as a whole has been so supportive, and I would never pick a different college. When I started, KDU wasn't perfect and still isn't - what is important though, is that it is constantly trying to improve, and that it is filled with amazing people. My Head of School, Ms Sathya, is one in particular. She is an Iron Lady. She pushed me to do my best while supporting me, and she also championed a lot of facilities for me. I seriously love her for who she is. It's not just my own lecturers who helped me either, but so many others who did not teach me and even the staff, and I know one in particular who always prayed for me. They have my sincerest appreciation and love.
Above all though, God has been guiding me through it. I know that on my own, there is absolutely no way that I could have done it, and it's just amazing to look back and see how God has been in control all along the way. Things may not have made sense then, but they sure do in hindsight.
Now I have about three months before I'm supposed to start my course, and I'm just trying my best to make full use of my time. After my exams, I went to Penang to visit my grandparents and my cousins, which was nice. I did some shopping with my mom with grandma (at this point my mom questions: some?!?!). Got more clothes than I ever got at one go... Oops. Also ate a lot of durian, hehe. Took a detour over the weekend further north to visit old family friends. The result was more food and durian. Last week, the Bank had a pre-departure program, and it was fun getting to know the other scholars, who are all brilliant in their own right, as well as the returned scholars, who helped answer our "burning questions." As a whole, it was a good experience, and I feel very privileged to get to be a part of this now.
Well, that brings me to the end of a rather long post, if I do say so myself. It does not cover everything that has happened this year, because that would be quite impossible, but the main events are here, at least. I shall try my best to post more often about how I'm keeping myself occupied during these summer holidays. So far, it's been busy, busy, busy (diacope!) since the moment my exams finished, which is rather nice because it means I haven't gotten bored yet. I haven't been so busy, however, as to not have the time to read! I've read a few books so far, including a trilogy, and will probably finish Wuthering Heights tonight. I'm building up a nice stack of books that are to-be-read in my room, and I'm really excited to devour them one by one. How that will go, I will also try to let you know. Until my next post, then, and I hope that won't be too long from now!