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.
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 :)