On 12th February 2014 which was on Wednesday, The Faculty of Modern Languages & Communication in UPM held its briefing for the New Graduates 2014/2015 for the February intake. Tentatively, it was held around 8.30 a.m. at Zaaba Hall in the faculty itself. Since it was in weekday, I had to apply for leave or Cuti Rehat Khas (CRK; Malaysian teachers are only entitled for 7 days as we have a lot of school holidays; which mostly irk other Government civilians as well as the privatized sector workers!) which I previously planned to slot for my most-possible “Umrah” but now seems like I had to use one – I still have 6 days, hopefully that will not be jeopardized!
Faculty of Modern Languages & Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia.
Weathering traffic at the early hours proved to be lethal, especially when you had to cross KL in order to reach your destination as it would be in slow-motion. Therefore, I opted to use LATAR, GUTHRIE & ELITE highways from Rawang straight to Putrajaya to avoid KL; BUT of course congested traffic was inevitable – I was stuck in traffic jams circa Shah Alam and then at Serdang Old Town roads leading straight to UPM. Luckily, the official event was postponed to 9.00 o’clock. It was a brief occasion officiated by the top honchos of the faculty with audience consisting of Masters’ Degree and PhDs candidates for various language and communication programmes. As a Microbiology degree holder, pursuing a Master’s Degree in Corporate Communication is a total 360 irony to what my degree has been revolving about! But as I mentioned earlier, I have always wanted to do Communication programme and this is me doing my passion after fulfilling Ayah’s wish of studying in Science stream though my heart isn’t belonged there.The feeling of sitting there in the hall was somewhat surreal – “Is this true?” Hahaha! Anyway, with brief talks and a few protocols like National & UPM anthems singing, we were then segregated into the groups in accordance to the courses we were to enroll in.
The list of the subjects.
Located at Bilik al-Hadi, I was pooled along with other candidates of Master’s Degree in Corporate Communication, Master’s Degree in Science Communication and also PhD candidates. Our advisor and also happened to be our moderator, Dr. Mohd Nizam bin Othman explained to us about the programme and the packaging of the courses, the compulsory subjects and credits, the choices to be made, etc. I could say that he is a very approachable person and you will feel at ease listening to his explanation. A maestro in communication was on the mode. I have to learn to tap that skills! Haha! On whole, the session ended at 11.30 a.m. with my mind saturated and with a clearer vision about the programme!
You know, I am glad that I opted to take a one-day leave just to listen to the briefing because it gave me a clearer vision of the journey I am about to embark if I were to take the course and it cleared a few doubts I had in the mind when I had some academic discussion with Kakak and a few colleagues who are already pursuing Master’s Degree.
Eva Longoria during her Master’s Degree Convocation Day. She tweeted “You’re never too old or too busy to continue your education!” – Now, that inspires me A LOT!
AND, with that confirmation of information I have got, it is clear now to my mind which university I am about to embark for my upcoming Master’s Degree in Mass Communication. The answer is Universiti Putra Malaysia or affectionately known as UPM. So, I had to discard Universiti Teknologi MARA or UITM although I went there first to be ‘interviewed’ on 21st December 2013 (REFER my blog). So, I went to Kompleks Akademik A to settle the registration but prove to no avail as I haven’t done any medical check-up! Spontaneously, I drove my car and found Mediviron Clinic at Serdang Jaya (I think that’s the name!) and was charged RM105 for that; took picture at Serdang Old Town and then had lunch there with someone who was so dear to spend time off from work to spend time (sandwiched with so hectic schedule!) and accompany me throughout the subsequent process. Awwww…… lol.
The counter. Very systematic, UPM!
The registration was done systematically and was segregated into few counters. With the X-ray and medical check-ups done, I was whisked to the documentation counter. Ooops, I didn’t have the offer letter and other few photostated documents; I mean yeah, I just decided to hear about the briefing, make the decision and to register ALL IN A DAY, right?! Hahahaa, so in the end, by hook or crook I had to go back, compiling all the necessary documents. Sigh.
I agree with Angie. Yes, I HAVE to do it now. Do I want to simply see my other friends at their positions as lecturers when I know deep down that I also have the ability to become one like them and even excel in becoming one? I refuse to sit back. Insya ALLAH, I will try though I am nervous. Amin. This is me, trying to elevate myself.
Anyway, I was a bit tired with all the commotion because at night I had to teach Science Night Class Year 6 for 2 hours and the initial plan to go back to UPM to submit the documents on today, Thursday 13th February was hindered as I had internal briefings at school for 2 hours *Sigh*. So, by hook or crook I have to go back tomorrow as it will the last day! Amin. So, tonight I already told Kak Fidah that I couldn’t commit to the Night Classes anymore as my Master’s Degree classes will clash with the Night Classes and I don’t think I could commit and give the best if I still force myself to teach when I am in lethargic and hectic schedule; I will not be fair to the pupils by not be able to give them my best, so I decided to bail out. Initially Kak Fidah tried to coax me/persuaded with her persistence (Hahaa!) but I had to be adamant.
I was shocked when I saw my pictures handed by the Tawkey/Photographer. Wow, the power of Photoshop. You can accentuate your features, enlighten your skin, hid your flaws! The first was the original shot; the underneath is the Photoshopped. Amazing, probably because I am a noob in pictures-editing. So… Hahhaa!
On whole, it’s a new beginning step for me to push the envelope of my comfort zone. Amin Ya Rabbal Alamin! Like what Siti Nurhaliza sings in “Lebih Indah” which really has powerful and inspiring lyrics – “Tiada yang mustahil di dunia, segalanya mampu ditawan. Sejauh manakah kemahuan? Demi ke sana?” Amin!