Saturday, 10 May 2014

USM Doctor of Medicine Interview

When my seniors say prepare to travel around Malaysia after your Matriculation exam, 
I thought they were kidding.

The USM interview results came out during our Peperiksaan Semester Peringkat Matrikulasi 2 (PSPM 2). Quite a lot of my friends got the interview as well.

Medicine and Dentistry 's interview is at the Health Campus which is located in Kubang Kerian. 

Yes, Kelantan.
For courses like Engineering and Pharmacy, the interview is located at the main campus which is in Penang. My Beloved hometown. Haha!

How to get there?

The first question that came to my mind. Thought of going to my roommate's house which is a 15 minutes trip to USM Health Campus. But then my parents are doubtful and so they travel with me all the way to the land called Kelantan by bus. From Penang, it's a 7 HOURS trip! Pretty tiring. We stayed at Tune Hotel. A rather cheap hotel with good atmosphere. No, they're not pay me to say this. Lol. 

This part is not important so I'll keep it short. Haha.

The Interview 

I was scheduled to register for the afternoon session. 2.15pm.
During registration, they demand for your IC, SPM cert and also they go through all your certs.

Then, they'll lead you to your interview rooms. There's about 10 interview rooms with 4 chairs outside of each room.

To be honest, everyone there is your friend. You can start speaking to anyone and they'll do just the same. Though, I was quite happy to meet a couple of my friends whom i did not expect to see and also meet a few new awesome people.

When i was waiting for my turn (seated outside the interview room), I was chit chatting with the people who sit near me. We were laughing away by cracking stupid jokes and stuff. Hahaa.
Met a few 'SeLENGorians'! << Inside joke here. Don't worry if you don't understand. Lol.

It's not long before its my turn for the interview.
*Insert some scary music*

The interviewers introduced themselves as Dr Azlan and Dr Wong.
Then they brief me about the interview procedures. There are 2 phases.
First phase is The Self Introduction + Why You Choose Medicine.
Second phase is Reaction to a Given Scenario.
You must speak English in either one phase, and speak Malay in another.
Meaning, if you choose to speak English during Phase 1, you have to speak Malay during Phase 2 and vise versa.

I started with English and introduced myself and talk about my backgrounds. Bla bla bla..
As i talked they look through my Folder containing my certs.
After I explained on why I choose Medicine, the started to bombard me with questions like 'why this? and 'why not that?' type of questions. They even ask me about my scouting days. Haha. Days of gold.
We spend quite a long time on 'why i choose medicine' part. I explained everything including what i like to specialise in and why. They asked me quite a lot of questions that time. Questions include, "Why USM?", "What do you think of the Houseman Probation Period is for", etc etc.

Next part, it's in BM. The scenario given to me was okay i guess. ''An unmarried girl in your college is pregnant and goes to you for some help. She asked you to go to the hospital with her to have an abortion.'' They gave me a minute to read. So i just imagine if that really happen to me, what would i do. I explained everything and there's actually a moral value behind it all. I was quite amaze about how true it is when Dr Azlan explained to me afterwards.

Moral behind the Scenario: Know your own limitation. Period. 

The interview session with this two Doctors was amazing. There were times whereby we laughed and there were times we were quite serious. At the end, they asked me if I have any questions in mind to ask them. My brain did not generate any good question at that time. So I asked them a completely unrelated question. Dang it!

I should've ask them a more beneficial question.
It's right after i walked out of that room that i think of some questions to ask them.
So, it's a lost for me. I mean, how often you get to ask two great doctors any questions you want?

After the interview, there's a personality test. Don't worry. They're just some objective questions.
Nothing much to worry here. Just be honest and answer all those questions. No time limit is given.



I've been wanting to say this for a long time.
I dislike preparing for an Interview !
I dislike reading up facts about the universities (for the sake of the interview) !
I HATE memorising facts about the courses (for the sake of the interview) !
Yaada yaada yada..

Interview suppose to be about finding the right person for the company/ university.
Just be who you are. Everyone is unique in their own ways.
If I were the interviewer in a university, a student who knows all the histories and the names of the management doesn't really impress me.

Well, some might disagree and say ''Hey! Doing research about your university shows how much you want that course they're offering''.
I agree with that but traveling hundreds of kilometers for the sake of an interview is already a good proof and during the interview, the interviewers are smart enough to see who is really passionate and who is not.

My interview overall was okay I guess but there are still
a lot of rooms for improvements.

I would also like to express my gratitude to all of my seniors ( KMPk and also Jambulian Seniors) who shared their stories with me before and after the interview. Thank you so much!

To wrap this up, I presume you're reading this because you have an interview soon.
So, All the Best. Just be who you are. God Bless :)

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Malaysia Matriculation. Is It Worth It?

Greetings people!
Preschool, Primary School then to Secondary School. 

That's the typical education timeline of a student here in Malaysia. 
So, what next? After graduating secondary school with your Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia ( SPM ) exam results in your hands, majority of the students are bound to face a huge dilemma on what is the next path in life?

Well, some students are able to decide where to go next without any difficulties.

Some face brain-damaging (exaggeration) problems in deciding their path. If you're reading this, I presume that you're mentally exhausted from thinking whether is it the right choice to choose Malaysia Matriculation as your next path.

I'm going to share my general thoughts on Life as a Matriculation student.
I am an Ex Student from Perak Matriculation College. So what I'm going to write later on is based on what I experienced in that particular college. Don't worry if you got elsewhere. Other Matriculation Colleges have almost identical system. So, it's not really a big deal.

Long story short, my only options after SPM was either Matriculation or Form 6.

Then I reluctantly go with Matriculation. To be honest, since the first day for orientation I can't wait to get out from the college. The seniors were very friendly and so were the lecturers. Friends were amazing but something in my heart just hates this place. 

My heart tells me I deserve better than this. That 'I don't belong here, HELP!' feeling.
WHY? I can't help getting JEALOUS on how my friends who scored worse than me ( I'm not a top scorer ) in the exam but now they are at better places having higher quality education. So what's the point of working so hard to score on your SPM? Complaining doesn't make things better. So I started to appreciate what I got instead and let go of the 'I don't belong here' feeling.

Life here is very, very HECTIC

The only time i recall enjoying without any worries is on the first week which is the Orientation Week. That's the only time I have to walk around with my friends and having long conversations. After the lectures and tutorials started, expect your never ending homework. They called it assignments. But it's homework for me. Believe me when i say it's never ending. 

Aside from academics, you have to go after the 10% curriculum marks as well. Which means, you have to get your butts involve in competitions or organisations in the college. Organisations? We have the Jawatankuasa Perwakilan Pelajar (JPP), Jawatankuasa Masjid Al Maghfirah (JMM; The name for the Mosque Committee is Different in other Colleges), and Pembimbing Rakan Dinamik (PRD). Competitions? We have plenty but the biggest sports competition held were KAKOM and SIPMA. 

No doubt that the matriculation syllabus is shorter comparative to other programs like Form 6 or A-level. Trust me, it's not really that easy since the time frame given is also comparatively shorter. Personally, I have moments whereby I literally felt like crying for all the syllabus that i don't have the time to cover before the exams. By hook or by crook, i have to cover it before the exam or i'm a dead meat. Proper time management is crucial in this fast track program.


Everyone is friendly.In fact the best part of coming to matrics is the friends you're about to get there. Trust me, you'll be begging them to not leave you on your last day there. Hahaa. Even if you meet an arrogant looking dude, get to know him better and you'll discover that he's really a nice guy (Based on a True Story). Be friendly and almost everybody is your friend. 

Don't worry if you are not good in speaking BM. I have a friend who don't really speak BM but by the time matrics ends, her BM is quite fluent i would say. 

You're a Chinese and don't speak Mandarin? Hahaha. Then you're in trouble. Most of the Chinese here speaks Mandarin. Just kidding about the trouble part. Everyone is very friendly no matter that language you speak. I'm a Chinese but I don't really speak mandarin (That's why i laughed). Bananas, LOL. One thing for sure, my mandarin improved A LOT but still not really good though. I'm sure you could pull yourself through.

Soft Skills

Hoho, there's multiple chances for you to enhance your soft skills here.
If you're interested in leaderships, I suggest you to join JPP. But be reminded that it is not an easy task. The outcome is rewarding though. You'll end up learning how to talk in public and how to manage events/ paper works etc. It's just a suggestion. you could join the Mosque Committee as they also handle a lot of big events for the college.
For me, this is the perfect place for you guys to learn all this stuff. Explore the sweet knowledge out of your syllabus.

These quotes helps me a lot in getting through my tough times when i was stressed out from managing things.
'I don't regret the things that I've done but I regret the things that i didn't do when I have the chance'
'If it went well, then great! If it don't, it's an experience'

''So, What's your point?''

I previously thought I wouldn't learn as much things in Matriculation compare to my friends who are studying at 'better places'. But i realise i was wrong.
It doesn't really matter where you are, nothing can stop you from learning if you really want to. The place doesn't really matter. Now, i dare to say that I learnt A LOT of things that some my friends didn't learn at their 'better place'.

My advice if you're really considering Matriculation,
Don't be typical. Be outstanding.

Oh ya, For those who are coming Perak Matriculation College (Batch 14/15).
Join the FB group that the Orientation Week Committee made for you!

My first blog post.  Will try to improve. Hope this helps.
Comment if you have any questions. That's all for now. Thanks for reading :)