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It's a two-way relationship - Say What #8

Hello everyone! Hopefully you had a good start to the month! And I hope it's not too late for me to w
March 9 · Issue #8 · View online
Say What?
Hello everyone!
Hopefully you had a good start to the month! And I hope it’s not too late for me to wish my female readers a Happy International Women’s Day!
Personally, this month will be hell for me - I have so many things to do and so little time to do them. With assignments piling up, clubs’ activities to think about, as well as my personal projects (like this newsletter and my blog), there are just so many things going on in my brain.
Oh well - what’s life without a little stress to keep you going, right? As long as we can manage all our commitments and keep ourselves (and our mental health) in check, we will get through it just fine!
For my readers who are battling midterms and assignments - I wish you guys all the best! Remember to stay hydrated (especially if you’re in the cold), get enough sleep, and enjoy yourself once in a while!

Graduate School thoughts
One of the modules that I’m taking this semester is the Mentoring & Coaching module, which is an elective for my master’s program. I chose this as my elective purely because I was considering a career as a career coach / life coach in the future, so learning a little bit about it would be helpful.
A week ago, we were talking about the skills and attributes of being a good mentor / coach, which included being approachable, knowledgeable / experienced, able to provide motivation and constructive criticism and being ethical and respectful.
But one thing that caught my attention was how we also talked about how mentoring and/or coaching is a two-way relationship - the mentee also needs to have the initiative to reach out to the mentor, to be willing to learn and be guided, to be invested in the relationship and be open to suggestions and new ideas.
After all - a mentoring or coaching relationship cannot work if it’s a one-way thing. It’d be useless and a complete waste of time for both parties.
It’s the same thing in any school or learning environment - the teacher can be super dedicated and committed to the students, but if the students aren’t paying attention or putting in the efforts, do they really learn anything from it?
It’s like how the Malays used to say in the old days - Bertepuk sebelah tangan tidak akan berbunyi, no?
With the Malaysian Student Society (& some Malaysian friends from Leeds/Sheffield) during Malindo Night 2019
With the Malaysian Student Society (& some Malaysian friends from Leeds/Sheffield) during Malindo Night 2019
Weekly Find
This is an interesting read that reminded me about how my university (UW-Madison) slowly trained me to become an independent learner.
All international students at the university will have to take up ESL 118 - an academic writing class to help you understand and be familiar with academic writing.
In the class, we had three assignments to complete, which, according to this article, change from being a Structured Inquiry to becoming a Free Inquiry.
How To Ease Students Into Independent Inquiry Projects | MindShift | KQED News
The semester started off by us discussing and writing an argumentative essay on a given topic (Structured / Controlled Inquiry). We then moved on to Guided Inquiry, where we were given a broad category and we get to choose the exact topic to write/discuss about.
Finally, we moved to Free Inquiry, which we then had the freedom to choose and write about whatever topic we find interesting. This helped us to be more independent of our learning, and allowed us to showcase what we’ve learnt through an independent research project of our choice.
In Malaysian’s high school system, there isn’t much opportunity for Free Inquiry, as schools and teachers are pretty much confined to cover the syllabus provided by the MOE and prepare the students for SPM.
Perhaps this is one of the reasons why our Malaysian youth are growing up without a sense of independence, just because they’ve been used to being spoon-fed everything during high school.
Just some food for thought…
From #SilentConfessions
Yay - finally!
After 1.5 months of collecting dust, the blog is finally updated again!
This post is dedicated to fresh and soon-to-be graduates about how they can start to work on growing their networks, both online and offline, to help them succeed in their careers.
Fresh Grad 101: Networking your way to success.
Anyhow - I’m thinking of replacing my usual “Fun Fact” category with a “Career Tip / Advice”. What do you guys think? Would it be helpful, or would you guys prefer otherwise? Do let me know by replying to this email, I highly appreciate all your feedback.
Until I see you again in two weeks’ time, I wish you guys all the best in whatever that you do.
Take care, and stay awesome as always :)
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