## Monday, July 9, 2012

### INTEC life is over #2

Bismillahirahmanirahim.

At the end of my previous post, I talked about the crazy grading in INTEC. This list I got from from Anis Nadhirah, my future roomate in States (misha, sila bangga :P)

and this is my Fall semester result :

my CGPA is only 2.97, and obviously it does not meet MARAs requirement. Well, at this time, to get 3.0 above is the most challenging part for me. This is the only chance for me to study or not to study in the USA. This is the end of my Fall semester. Lets move on to Spring semester.

SPRING 2012

I am majoring in Supply Chain Management, or mudah cerita, it is a part of Business. So, I was in business class. There are only two classes for business course which is Boston and Chicago. I was in Chicago with all Malays in this class. (dah semua MARA scholar, memang la melayu kan). Okay, for ADFP, Spring is the most hectic semester. I do not know why, but yes, sangat hectic.

To be in the class with all Malays, maybe I should not scare of anything. Yet, I felt very nervous to be in that class. Most of them are fluent in English and some of them are native speakers. Dont you think they are cool? Can speak English without any hesitation. without worry about your grammar and bla bla. FUHH. cool kan?

But, Spring taught me something: To accept people who they are. Dont judge a book by its cover. Know people first before you judge them.
I was surrounded by people who are good in religion because I studied in religious school. I think myself   is not good compared to my other friends. Other than that, in school, I accept certain things or knowledge without questioned that thing. What about this? What if happened like this? and so on. INTEC really taught me about different people in this world. Students in INTEC is vice versa. They are searching, they are looking for the goodness. and they will questioned the thing till the are satisfied with the answer. I was imagined how I am going to face people with various religions in States nanti.

Previously, I dislike to keluar malam malam. I mean like having dinner after maghrib. But this hectic spring make me to keluar malam. Well, Spring change me quite a lot. -,- maybe.

As this the second semester and it was very hectic, I dont have much time to do outside activity. In spring, I learnt to give a speech, do research paper, write bibliography and many more. I think I learnt a lot of soft skills during Spring. I can remember how nervous I was while giving a not so prepared speech in front of Ms Asma, how Mr. Kamal tear off my paper (and my friends too) because of the wrong format, how I got my second test for Calculus for Business (that people said it is easy), how I read a lot of books about Vietnam economy, and a lot moreeee!! Seriously, I learnt a lot (just realised this when I list out all Spring memory. hee)

and not to forget about my class which was very SUMMER. some of classmates said it was like Sahara. We are keep changing class because of the aircond. We illegally entered Korean classes just to make sure we felt comfortable during class. At the end of spring, we decided to change class into one of MEP (Middle East Program) class that I think that should not called as a class. It is sooo biggggg!! How big it is? The room is very big till we can put mat there. we pray there and some of boys had their khailulah in the class. We also had our parade training in the class without rearranging the tables. Can you imagine how big it is? :D
Some of the classes get jealous with us because we can do anything just in our class. hee

Talking about class parade. Well. Hmm.. No comment here. Just saying, I learnt that before I get any project, I should make a research first what it all about. Just to make sure, the project is not against Islam. peace :)
but, I think our class parade maybe gave some general knowledge to other students who are wondering why there was a controversy for our parade. Sapa tau senyap sudah. At least me, and my other friends who do not know about it can learn. :D

 Chicago cago

Other than this, we also have Speech Night during Spring semester. In Speech Night, the lectures will point a student from each class to give a speech in front of the crowd. I think this is a good idea as it will increase the level of confidence of students. With the support from classmates, the students who gave the speech will make their best in their speech, eventually make the students become more confident to speak in public. For my class, this is the lucky person to represent my class:

What we did to support him?
1. banner
2. posters
3. change our DP in FB

Why we did all this? We were like to give him support and make him more confident with himself.

During this hectic life, students started getting the offer from various universities.I got the offer from Penn State which I think the best choice. Penn State is ranked no 3 for supply chain management by us news. Penn State is like maahad jugak, they have many campuses all over Pennsylvania. I get the main campus, University Park, alhamdulillah. Well, that is. For now, I pass all the requirements : SAT done, TOEFL done, University Placement done. One more thing that still make me 50-50 to further study in the USA is my CGPA. So, hows the result? Am I qualified to further study in the USA?

Alhamdulillah, I got above 3.0. I did not aim high because I know it is quite tough for me, just ordinary student, quite possible to get dean list, 3.5 and above. Like our Pengarah said, " INTEC bukan lagi tempat kamu bersaing, tapi cuma tempat untuk kamu lepas requirement tajaan masing-masing untuk melayakkan kamu study oversea".
Yes, betul. I aimed dean list when I wan in IIUM (only for a month there ;p), but in INTEC,no. I dont want to aim high because I know my ability. Nah, present for my parents! :)

Waitt! I still have another semester to go through which is SUMMER SEMESTER. Two months only :)
Next post lah, tired already :p
Wassalam

### INTEC life is over! #1

Bismillahrahmanirahim.

As stated above, yes, I had graduated from Intec. [ceh, graduated kan? padahal foundation je pun] well, actually we have our own ceremony. it shocked me as well. foundation pun ada graduation day? ha. megah betul bunyinya. well, officially i become intec alumni on 22nd June 2012 which is on Friday. Alhamdulillah!
To be at this point, it took a lot of efforts and TEARS! but then, this is life. i admit that I did not update this blog for a long long time, so I am going to just summarize what had happened in INTEC during a year I am here.

FALL 2011

This was my first semester in INTEC. I entered INTEC quite late compared to other ADFPs. ah, btw my program is called ADFP which stand for American Degree Foundation Program. You know what, ADFP is the quite famous in INTEC as the 'loudest' program. Why? You will know it if you read this further. Hhehe. Okay, for the first step in INTEC, I had a replacement test before I can get into any class. Alhamdulillah, I was in Fargo. Fargo is a place name somewhere in North Dakota, USA. Well, for your information we had about 11 classes for Fall semester, and yeah Fargo is ABCDEFGHIJK .. ah, that is. kira sendiri.

other races friends
I am very grateful [sebenarnya takut] to be in this class. My class consists of Malay, Chinese, Indian and even Siamese. best kot, but somehow I feel something strange as I lived in Malay-Muslim environment since I was in kindergarten. I never mix with other race. Well, this was a great opportunity to have non-Malay-Muslim friends. When my class had to form groups, we had to mix genders and races. Ah, the group basically is for Oral Communication classes. We had to do radio drama and campaign for our project. This is when my true color shown. When my group recorded our voice for radio drama, someone make silly joke. And I was laugh like who really I am. Everyone was shocked. Haha. Well, maybe I felt comfortable with the group, and hello, this is the real me. : D
#Thanx to ikha, geevan, darryl and soon for the making me show my true color in INTEC.

English environment
For the first three month, I felt not very comfortable with ADFP environment. I was in religious school, so I always keep a distance with guys. But here, yeah, you know. and it was quite tough to face all that. But now, I am okay with the problem, hopefully I do not overboard. Ameen. and and another thing that I think I can adopt is English environment. Oh man, I was crying a lot of times. I was very shy to speak English, and I am. get what I mean? tak? ignore it. hee. english is one of why I want to quit INTEC for the first reason. Maybe on that time, i dont want to take risk, I mean, I dont want to challenge myself. When I though about it again, English is very important. No matter where I go, I must learn English. Perghh, lemah sikit bab bahasa ni. Thats why la. On that time, I dont really love Oral Communication subject as we have to communicate in English. Learning raise your hand to answer all the question, not just be like a hantu. Cakap pun orang taktahu siapa yg bercakap. I observed, non-Malay loves to do this. They just can complaint to the lecturers about this and that. Oh maybe this is university life. I can feel it here. Observe and learn. From this subject, I try my best to raise my hand and speak out. I am shy enough to speak English in public, even my speech and presentation are not really good. But for the sake of AAP, I really need to be brave. Yes, maybe I am not very loud (keep raising hand to answer question), but at least I try. ;D
Now Alhamdulillah, I can speak English but still .... I hope my English will not \be the reason why I cant study well in USA.

Wait, this is Fargo Fighters. Not all the fighters are here.

 Semua muka muda lagi, can see the difference with these people who are going to the USA this coming Fall 2012 :D
Ah, before that, okay. To fly high to USA, MARAs scholars have to fulfill these requirements.

1.  SAT >1000 [overall tak ingat. kuikui]
I took SAT twice; one in Metropolitan College in Sunway and another one in Dalat International School, Penang. Why you took twice? Ha, sebab tak over 1000 la. hehe.. Finally, I accomplished this by December. Alhamdulillah!

2. TOEFL >79
This is one alhamdulillah, I take a test only in UUM. This is basically reading, listening, speaking and writing test for people whose native language is not English. Hmm. I think maybe it is harder that SAT as it required speaking test. I am very weakk in speaking. I admit, I cried the night before I sat for TOEFL. I was afraid, and I thought that I did not prepare well. At last, alhamdulillah, I pass the requirement for only one test! Alhamdulillah!

3.  CGPA >3.0
This is what I am afraid most. For Fall semester, my result is not very good. Mine was below 3.0. The lecturers said even though the student get 2.99, MARA will not offer him/her to the States. Uh, it was quite tough here with the grading is like crazy.

.................................... # sleepy already, maybe I will continue tomorrow ... insyaAllah. .