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Taking time for yourself. - Say What #5

Hello :) Hope everyone had a great week! I just had my first two weeks of classes for my second term
January 26 · Issue #5 · View online
Say What?
Hello :)
Hope everyone had a great week!
I just had my first two weeks of classes for my second term of graduate school, and Alhamdulillah, so far so good.
I’m quite in a chirpy mood these days, mostly because (1) I’ll be watching the Huddersfield vs Arsenal game in a couple of weeks, and (2) Backstreet Boys have just released their new album and I’d be listening to it endlessly to prepare for their concert tour this June.
Hope you are all in good health and that your first month of the year is going great! :)

Graduate School thoughts
If you’re thinking of pursuing graduate school, my first advice would be: Make sure you’ve given it ample thought, have really decided on what you want to study and pursue as a career and that you’ve looked all as many different opportunities as possible.
Now, I’m saying this not because I feel like I’ve made the wrong decision. I am enjoying my program and am learning a lot outside of my comfort zone, and my tutors and classmates are great.
However, I would have definitely benefited more from taking maybe another two or three (or five) years off before going for my Master’s program.
Come to think of it, I started thinking about pursuing graduate school around mid-2016, just before my senior year started. Between then (mid-2016) and when I actually started my Master’s program (September 2018), I only had about two years of thinking about it.
The good thing is, it’s not a rushed decision, as I took my time, did my research, talked to different people and consulted my professors and advisers for their advice.
The bad thing is, even with ~2 years of thinking about it, my short 1-year stint at Monash Malaysia wasn’t solid enough to help me figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life.
Having a couple of extra years of experience would have at least made it (1) easier for me as I would have better understanding of what exactly I want in my future, and (2) a lot more experience that I can pick from for my assignments.
I mean, even thinking about what I want to write for my dissertation is giving me headaches now. I talked to a few friends, and they were like, “Oh, I was thinking of doing something related to what I’m currently working at/in, etc..”. And they can do that because they’ve been working for at least 5+ years, and can draw on their personal experiences and networks when working on assignments and dissertation.
Guess it’d just take a little more time and effort on my end to make things work. But I’ll make it through. After all, I’m Syaza Nazura, no? :)
Weekly Find
I saw this article on Facebook the other day, and I feel like it’s a useful thing to remember. With smartphones around and a lot of responsibilities, sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of what life is all about.
So sometimes it’s nice just to take some time off just to think (or not to think) about things. To destress and remove ourselves from the busy world, and focus on ourselves.
Why we owe it to ourselves to spend quiet time alone every day |
This is also somewhat in line with why I decided to stay off from Instagram and Twitter for the whole month of January. It feels nice not having that urge to constantly indulge in social media, and it certainly feels nice to have more time to myself and whatever it is in my thoughts.
Fun Fact
I just started a new student society at my university, it’s called… drumroll please
The Blog & Vlog Society!
Now, I was initially just bored and wanted to meet other bloggers and/or vloggers and, I don’t know, use it as a way to learn from each other about best practices, etc? We had our first official meeting last week, and I think some people might have had a different idea about what the society does.
Whoops. Perhaps it’d be a good idea for me to sit back and talk with my team about what exactly we’ll be doing as a society.
From #SilentConfessions
Here are two of the latest blog posts on Silent Confessions, if you haven’t read them already:
2019; It’s a new year!
If any of you are studying in a UK university, this latest post regarding the SCONUL Access Scheme may be useful for you. Feel free to share it with your friends / family in UK universities!
SCONUL Access Scheme for UK Universities Students (and Staffs).
As always - if there are any comments or feedback regarding the newsletter, do let me know! Positives, negatives or just random thoughts? Send them my way, I’m definitely open to your suggestions.
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Until I see you guys again in two weeks, take care and stay awesome!
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