End of First Term, Last Page of 2014

Jan 1, 2015 in , , ,

It's been a long and yet very short first term (and part of my holidays). Since my last update, I finally turned legal (and so did Hazel, as she got a proper dog tag around the same time), and my friends were awesome enough to come over and surprise me with a celebration and two cakes. <3 I was really touched by that (and a little bit *_*).

It has only grown colder since I arrived, as expected. What I didn't expect was for my fingers to grow used to being numb whenever I go outside, but they happily have, though that does no favors  for my bloodstream (and it takes a really long time to defrost). The beautiful golden leaves that adorned the whole wall near my place have since fallen off, with most of them flying off due to a very gusty win on a particular day when those on bicycles had a hard time cycling in a straight line.

Looking back, I suppose the main thing I have learned is that I need to improve my time management skills. This term has been filled with some fun times, but also plenty of late nights. I somehow never went too far in the AM during my college days, but very nearly pulled an all-nighter during my first term here.

A lot of my first term has just been getting into the swing of things - figuring out a routine, pondering about my subjects, and trying to finish all of my reading on time (and attempt to squeeze in a little bit of studying at the same time).

One of the most fun things I did this term was join ICMS. During Induction Week, I got to work with a fabulous team of people and we had lots of fun working on our project, and finally meet in London.

Holidays started a few weeks ago, but I'll make a separate post later about my first break! In the meantime, my annual summary:

January. I started the year off with something of a cold, but it meant that the year could only go up from there! During the early days of the month, I got the email I had been waiting for - my Cambridge acceptance letter, and started freaking out about meeting my offer. AS results coming out made that a little bit easier, since I got more than what I expected.

February. Long story short: lots of studying, though I did have a very nice Chinese New Year with my family.

March. Scholarship interview.

April. Trial exams, which drove me quite nuts. I got the scholarship!

May. I got the call that I got two awards for AS. Continued freaking out about A2.

June. A2 finally finished, and I got a nice long break! I also went for the BNM pre-departure program, which was quite fun, and started reading from my new reading list (that they sent even before exams finished...).

July. Just enjoyed time in Malaysia and visited a few nice places.

August. KDU farewell ceremony. Went on a trip to Penang, during which A2 results came out (during lunch). I breathed a huge sigh of relief (and really started to think about what to pack, hm).

September. Generally, more of trying to enjoy my last days home for a while, and lots of squeezing Hazel.

October. First days in Cambridge!

November. More attempts to get into the Cambridge life. I also turned 18! My dad and uncle went for my A2 award ceremony (I got Top In The World for History).

December. Spent Christmas in Hamburg with my parents and best friend (who also visited me with her parents in Cambridge!), and visited London too.

A rather long post was also made here about the first half of the year.

This year has been an incredible year for me, and I am so grateful for all that God has blessed me with. As we step into the new year, I can only continue to pray that He will continue to help me. <3