mistakes

Author’s note: Honestly, it was painful for me to write this blog post. It hasn’t even been one year since I graduated from university. That’s why I kept pushing the deadline… It was originally due on the 15th, as I’ve decided to publish 2 articles a month (or basically every 2 weeks) as from now!…Continue Reading “5 Mistakes I Made Right After Graduating From University”

These past few months have not been easy. Fuck the sugarcoating: transitioning from being an international student in a foreign country to being back at your parents’ house and re-adapting to your old life is a painful process. It’s harder when the culture and lifestyle you’ve been enjoying for 3 years don’t match the ones in your home country.

It’s worse when you’ve got no friends to return to once you’re home.

And, from personal experience, it’s even worse when you start a new job right after you’ve arrived. No time to settle into old routines. No time to recharge and go through the whirl of emotions going through your head.

Unfortunately, time doesn’t stop. Life goes on, even when you have the post-grad blues. It feels like a race, sometimes, where you can’t slow down or stop, or you’ll feel like you’re falling behind.

If you’re going through this right now, know that you’re not alone. And know that it will slowly but surely get better. 

But how? The first step is to find a hobby.

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*FYI: This post was looong overdue.

I think this is the worst feeling in the world: to go home and realise you feel like a complete stranger.

It’s been two weeks since I returned to Mauritius, my home country, definitively. I had said my goodbyes in Malaysia, knowing that I may not go back there anytime soon. The last weeks spent with my friends were a blast; for once, I spent my money like I was really on vacation (after being on a student budget for so long!).

My first week in Mauritius was not too bad, mainly because I did go back for about a month in October and also because I immediately started working.

The homesickness didn’t come all at once or in full-force. It came gradually, like a wave. It comes into little cracks, cracks you don’t know about. It starts when I catch myself checking Instagram less and less, fearing that I’ll miss my ‘old life’. It is here when Saturday comes and all of my close friends are abroad. On Friday nights.

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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”

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. [Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on my former personal blog which lasted for 6 years before this one.] 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.

Continue Reading "Post-Graduation Blues: What’s Next?"
travelling as a student

I apologise for being MIA (Missing In Action) for a whole week on this blog. Last week I went on a break by travelling to Penang—no email checking, no writing and nothing related to ‘work’.

It felt good to get away and live in the moment.

Sometimes, that’s what we all need as students—a break. We’re overwhelmed and overloaded with assignments, lectures, events and activities and what not, 24/7. There’s no time to breathe.

Continue Reading "Should You REALLY Be Travelling As A Student?"
cooking or eating out

Do you prefer cooking or eating out when you’re in college? If you’re an international student like me, you know how much of a dilemma the question ‘what should I eat today?’ is.

It is a life-and-death situation since no one else is there to feed you.

That’s how it feels to be an adult.

Cooking your meals seems to be the right and responsible answer. It is also cheaper. But, in reality, being university students makes the whole situation more complicated.

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Let me tell you a thing or two about student accommodation in Malaysia, specifically in the Sunway area, where Monash University is situated.

Firstly, there are a lot of options for students—the area is buzzing with student-friendly condominiums and houses. However, if you are a new international student coming here, your options will probably be narrowed down by on-campus accommodation (which is obviously overpriced, unless you are willing to pay for the convenience of getting out of bed 5 minutes before class and still making it) and Sunway Group affiliated apartments. Of course, you can eventually move out to the better alternatives once you are settled.

Secondly, international students are unlikely to share rooms, at least from my experience, therefore opting for the single room option instead of getting a roommate. I have never shared a room with someone, although I do have a shared bathroom (split between 3 of us, girls). Many also go for the option of having an attached bathroom to spare them from sharing it.

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I don’t know about your parents, but mine, being the typical Asians, always go for the best bargain, and by ‘best’, I mean ‘cheap and easy’.

Shattered after not receiving a full scholarship to UK universities, they had decided to send me to Malaysia to study.  After all, it would be affordable, and I’ll still be able to get Quality Education (hello, Monash, you who have a 33.4% failure rate—second best!). But there were a few things that they’d miscalculated. Studying in Malaysia is not as straightforward as it sounds.

So here are the three biggest misconceptions [Mauritian/my] parents have about studying in Malaysia:

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Whether you are a teenager fresh out of high school and preparing for studying abroad or you are a current University student about to go on an exchange/transfer program—this piece of advice is for you. As a Mauritian, I’ve always been fed hazy dreams about going abroad to study. Because going abroad makes you more successful,…Continue Reading “An Open Letter to Those Who Are Preparing to Study Abroad”