What happens after every semester

Between each semester, we have at least a few weeks break before the next cycle begins. I would usually grasp the opportunity to clean the house, trim my garden and organize my pantry. If the break coincides with a festive season, I would sort out my mini storage area while I rummage through the boxes for decorations. Otherwise, I would take the time to prepare for the next semester.

Safekeeping notes

I would transfer my subject folders from the laptop to my external disc. Each folder usually have the modules, assignment copies and journals I read. As of my written notes, apart from psychology, I would take it out from my files and keep them together at a designated shelf on my bookshelf. For my psychology notes, I’d just compile them in this big folder I have. Come to think of it, I need a new one next semester.

Touching up notes

Sometimes I get the motivation to read more when the semester is over. This time around, since I have just recently discovered One Note, I am making digital notes on the app so that I could read it on the go. My ongoing note project is to make a brief summary on the important psychology figures and their significant theories. Once that is done, I am going to revise on philosophy. I haven’t quite got a strong grip on the concept.

Making flash cards

Flash cards I guess, are kinda old school. I bought some cards from this favourite stationery shop on Shopee, Lootersbox. For now, there is an ongoing process of writing down important concepts and definitions in the Social Psychology topic. I really love this part of psychology. I think it helps me to understand how people any why people behave in a certain way as individuals and part of a group.

Clear the Recycle bins

That’s the only way I know how to make my laptop faster.

Of course that is not the only thing I did. I double checked to see if the subjects I registered for semester 5 have been paid for. At least RM200 at the start of the semester and then depending on how many subjects I was taking, the semester fee could be up to RM2K. For Semester 5, I am taking only 3 subjects considering the amount of stress I have lined up in a few months time. My transfer request went through and I am expected to report myself to my new workplace by next week. Therefore, there will be this transition period of making mistakes and adjusting myself to the new system and work culture. I hope I could get over that quickly and continue on my learning journey.

At the same time, the world is still battling with COVID-19 and the issues stringing along. InsyaAllah I am prepared for what may come although fear and panic is inevitable. I wish for a super understanding boss and that my support system (family) will remain strong forever.

One paper down, 2 more to go

Hey there, it’s exam week.

I managed to squeeze in my online exam for subject ABCC1103 during my long lunch hour break today. I was worried that I couldn’t make it tonight but turns out it’s not that exhausting tonight. The format for the online exam are MCQs with a time limit of 90 minutes.

I recognized some of the questions from our online quiz a few weeks earlier. Some gave off the vibe like the questions we answer in our weekly E-lessons. It seems that Language is a popular theme. So is mass media. It took me just over an hour to answer the MCQ as I had to rush back to work. In other words, tembak je lah. After submitting my answers, I quickly prayed Zuhur and drove back to the clinic.

Next week is all about psychology. I have planned to take leave on the 20th so that I could sit for the online exam with a peace of mind. Lepas tu kita ronggenggg! Vincenzo Cassano, I cannot wait.

Final assignment submitted ABCC1103

I am exhausted. Stressed. Fat. Lonely.

HA HA HA HA. All this Korean OST’s on my Spotify list is making me sappy but ironically beautiful inside. – __ – Korean songs give you that pretty lead actress effect. I cannot help feeling very dreamy while listening to these songs although I haven’t seen most of the drama on the OST list. I cannot wait for my exams to be over so that I could binge on Vincenzo Cassano. Grrrrr..

Phase 2 of Malaysia’s vaccination programme is starting soon. I am so glad that I applied for a day off this Friday. I needed that rest before I am reassigned to various working locations in the many months to come. An altercation happened at the workplace between ‘two elephants’. Me and my friends are trying very hard not to be the deer caught in between. Anyway, I am so glad that ABCC1103 is over.

ABCC 1103 – Introduction to communication

I actually overlooked that my assignment had 2 parts to complete. The essay and the 5 minute video presentation. As always, the expression is ‘nak tergugok jantung/ mok pisan nyawa’ when I realized my mistake. I was already struggling with the essay. This assignment reminded me of the horrible semester I went through in Sem 2 – that feeling when I thought I did well only to discover that I got a B minus for my essay. Adehhh.. and I had thought I could get at least a B+. Or an A minus. Tapi tkpe.. yg tuh dah lepas.

So, for my video I decided to do mine like some sort of Live interview with an influential figure during primetime news. That influential figure being me of course. I downloaded free video templates of the news studio from Youtube and then I got stuck. Ha ha ha. I did not know how to put myself inside the template. After intense googling – I learned that I needed to record myself with a green screen. I was tempted to buy a 4M green cloth from Kamdar or Gulati’s but thought wiser. Celah mana nak pegi tu.. nak ambik bebudak sekolah lagi.

On further research, I discovered that we could use a blue screen or even of other colours as long as it doesn’t match your face and the clothes you wear. It seems that I could use red although my complexion would look a bit odd due to the underlying red colour tone everybody has (I think?). Still, I gave it a shot. Although my husband thought I was weird. ha ha.

I recorded myself in front of the red curtains I have in my living room.

I tried using the green curtains I have at my workplace but I guess the green wasn’t bright enough, so it didn’t work.

Using the free version of Kinemaster, I was able to use the Chroma key button and make that red screen invisible so that I could appear in the video template as a news anchor. The rest was just the layer editing I have come to be more well versed now as compared to before. Studying in OUM has definitely sharpened my skills in using digital technology to complete my assignments.

It is not perfect and I have no idea what the outcome will be. Either way, as the saying goes..

There is no day in which you learn something is a complete loss