Don’t panic. When this happened to me, my friend and I panicked for about an hour before taking action. But delaying the problem will not solve it. I think this is the worst that can happen to an international student: missing an exam in their very last semester of their degree. Especially if the student visa expires right…Continue Reading “What To Do If You Miss An Exam In Your Last Semester”

Throughout my life, I’ve found it easier to give up on my professional dreams rather than relationships. Ever since I was a young teenager, I’d be discouraged to pursue anything ‘artsy’ as a career path. But at school, with my friends, I’d learnt to never give up on your feelings.

I was allowed to love, but I wasn’t allowed to dream. 

The term ‘unrequited love’ was the definition of my love life for as long as I remember falling in love. Yet, it only made sense to me to keep on trying. I’d get rejected by a guy, but as soon as another guy would come along, I’d forget all about the previous one and pursue the next.

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writing research essay

If this is your first time writing a research essay at your university, then this article is for you. At the time I’m writing this, many of you may have reached the end of your semester… which, for Arts students at least, is the most hectic week in terms of final projects and assignments!

Here’s something I think will get you to review the core of your essay. It’s back to basics time! After all, a minor mistake in the format or referencing style can make a huge difference between a distinction and a credit. Maybe these are things you’ve stopped thinking about, but from my experience, they are the most important in writing your best essays.

So here are the five steps to getting started on your research essay for the first time.

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This is the post that I’ve been struggling to write. It’s this post that I couldn’t bring myself to publish. I didn’t blog for a month because of it.

I could just have brushed it off and removed it from my schedule. But I do insist on putting it out there. Then, we can go back to posts like the one I wrote last week on Asian movies.

Among all the blogs I’ve written, this is the only one that is still going strong 6 years later. Among all of them, this is the only one which I deem to be my ‘personal’ one. A blog that’s for everything and anything. No niche, no marketing. Just you and me.

And that’s why I wanna share this part of my life with you.

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last-minute assignment

The assignment is due in a few hours. You’re screwed. I’ll keep this post short. Feel free to skim through it. Time is precious. First Find a permanent desk. Whether you’re furiously typing at home or in the library, stay where you are. Keep this place as your working table for the next few hours (or…Continue Reading “How To Complete Your Last-Minute Assignment On Time”

Okay, you probably did watch a few on the list, but not everything, right? (If you did, you are either one of my really close university friends or… WE ARE MEANT TO BE!)

Hi. It’s been a while since I wrote. That blogging schedule didn’t go according to plan, uh. The past weeks (or is it ‘months’?) have been… hard. Pretty much life-changing. It’s been hard to get back to writing.

There were so many topics I wanted to write on, but every time I would bring myself to opening WordPress, I’d write the title and nothing else. So I decided to get back into my usual self by writing a rather ‘easy’ post.

My friend and I have been exchanging movies for a while now, but I never write about the beautiful films I end up stumbling upon! There are so many lost treasures in the film industry! 

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avoid falling sick

What do you do to avoid falling sick in the midst of assignments and exams? Probably nothing, like most of us. Until it’s too late.

I’ve talked a lot about the importance of getting enough sleep despite being a super busy university student. I’ve mentioned the huge difference exercise can make in your daily life several times on this blog. I’ve talked about the art of self-discipline. These practices can definitely help you avoid falling sick. But, most of the time, they are hard to keep up with.

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art of discipline

I have been struggling with self-discipline ever since I joined my university. And the more time passed, the less disciplined and messier my university life became. This came as a surprise to me because back in secondary school, we were taught how to be disciplined… and I had no problems with it. I would work for my O- and A-levels while writing three blog posts a week! Now, the moment something happens and gets me busier, I can barely follow my own blogging schedule.

I think it’s the lack of a stable structure at my university that weakened my self-discipline. Have you looked at your timetable? Classes and tutorials are all over the place and some of them change according to the week. Back in secondary school, I had to wake up at 6 a.m. every day because school started at 8 a.m. every day. At university, sometimes my day will start at 8 a.m. but at other times it’ll start at 2 p.m.!

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As a university student, I’ve always felt pressured to be constantly working on my assignments or studying for future tests. Free time? How about I catch up on last week’s readings? And don’t forget to revise your lecture notes!

And the moment I felt like taking a break, I’d feel guilty because time is scarce and precious… I should be productive at all times.

Does that sound a lot like you too?

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ways to stay focused

If you’re in Malaysia, here’s to a long weekend, right in the middle of the semester! It’s Merdeka! Perfect time to chill and/or party! Or is it, really? Many of us would use this opportunity to catch up on school work, because, let’s admit it, the past few weeks were hard on us.

University is a beast sometimes. You come in for the first weeks, chill for a while, and slowly dive into the programme. And without warning, there’s suddenly a pile of assignments before you! How did we get here?!

And since then, we’ve been running around like headless chickens, struggling to catch up on readings and tutorials, while meeting all the deadlines. And oh, here it comes, the sweet call of procrastination. Where’s the motivation to work? How do you stay focused?

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