1st January 2016. This is it. If 2015 was a Year Of Heartbeats for me (REFER to https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2015/12/30/reflllection-of-the-year-2015-the-year-of-heartbeats-euphoric-palpitated/); hopefully that 2016 is The Year of Paradigm Shifts for me. These are no mere empty words as 2016 is the year where I will have to do a few major decisions that will affect the course of my life.
2016, a big year for me.
6th January 2016 will be the date for my “Intercultural Communication” exam. After that, I will no more be meddled with my Master’s Degree. From then on, I have to start initiating plans to further my PhD. I am now at the age of 32 years old (gasp!); if I want to achieve doctorate by the year 2020 at 36 years old, I would have to start my PhD now. Time is gold.
My main priority – by the year 2020.
By doing that, I mean to exit myself out from the system as a Malaysian primary school teacher. I could not afford to do PhD part time. And, I have no desire to further PhD in education as I want to do in Communication – and that makes me not eligible to apply for Hadiah Latihan Persekutuan (HLP). It is a tricky business once you are already in the Government scheme. I would not want to jeopardize my pension scheme. Therefore, the only logical way is to find a semi-government institution that could guarantee me a place – which means the public universities.
I am like a butterfly in chrysalis. I have to fly away. In 2016.
With our meager economics these days, I do have doubts but I am sure there will be a light at the end of the tunnel. I am scare because I am about to tear apart my own comfort zone and my secured financial line but if I remain timid, I will rot here forever and forever regret that I do not dare to take challenges. Life is once, so I have to chase my dreams, no?
It will be a scary attempt but I have to be brave. It is scary to leave my comfort zone, my chrysalis. But I have to make the gallant choice. God Bless.
Hopefully by the end of 2016, I have already started my PhD. This journey will not be bed of roses but I am willing to go through it. God bless.