I left my job today

I tendered my resignation letter on 19th June.

It wasn’t the easiest decision to make. Seeing how at that point of time I haven’t gotten any confirmation on KGSP yet, I was having thoughts like “what happens if I don’t make it?”. It would be my biggest nightmare if I resigned and DID NOT get the scholarship. But somehow I knew that my interview with Yonsei went well and I just had the courage to go for it (i.e. tender my letter).

AND THREE MONTHS OF NOTICE PERIOD JUST FLEW PAST LIKE A WIND

It is my last day today and I have been mentally prepping myself on all the farewells and goodbyes. I managed to still smile at everyone and bade everyone farewell light heartedly. But it wasn’t easy to just say goodbye to everyone that I have been working with for the past 2.5 years. I shared a close bond with those whom I work with closely. And having been seeing each other for the past 2.5 years EVERY WEEKDAY, it’s just kinda sad that tomorrow onwards I will not be seeing them as often anymore. Despite having stuff like FB and WhatsApp these days, but we all know that once I leave, things will never be the same again.

As I reminiscent back, I have actually been through quite a lot throughout my tenure in this company. It all started off with an email by a random headhunter. I just finished my last day of internship not too long ago and I was planning to have a few months’ break before jumping into the corporate ladder. But I guess God had different plans. The headhunter, who found my profile in LinkedIn approached me and asked if I am interested to go for an interview (for a position in marketing) in a trading house near my home. I was pretty sure my interest was in marketing by then but I didn’t expect an offer to come so quickly. Seeing how my other friends had such difficulty in finding a job, I just took the interview offer to “see how it goes”.

I wasn’t expecting much of the interview at first. I thought I would just go and gain some interview experience. I just did my best and before I knew it, I was offered a chance for a second interview. In the morning of the second interview, I can still remember my mum asking me, “Will you take up the job if they offer you the position in the interview there and then?”. And then I told her, “Nah, it’s impossible someone would offer me a job offer like RIGHT AFTER the interview.”

I WAS WRONG. My boss actually did offered me the position right after my presentation. I was so shocked at the fact that I am accepted into the work force wayyyy quicker (and easier) than expected. After a simple medical test, I ended up reporting to work immediately on 23/3/2015.

Being a complete freshie and with no prior experience in working for a trading house, things can be pretty overwhelming especially in the first month. I had no idea what was a CN/DN (credit note, debit note), invoice, price key, accruals etc etc. I had completely no clue on the work flow and I pretty much learned EVERYTHING from scratch.

I really gotta thank my boss for being sooooo patient with me. I am a really careless person (and a stubborn one too). But she still taught me patiently and I manage to keep up my learning progress and started taking on more responsibilities as time passes. I started off as a management trainee, handling 2 small brands (which we refer as housebrands).

Subsequently about 4 months down the road, I took in 2 more bigger brands . With a bigger portfolio comes a heavier responsibility. And at that point of time, even though skill wise I am not quite there yet, but I gotta man up and learn to handle these additional brands faster. So technically after working here for 4 months, I have been handling 4 brands concurrently right until my very last working day. And in Jan 2017, I swapped one of my smaller brands to a bigger one and I got promoted!

Being in marketing and brand management does have a lot of highs and lows. Personally I enjoyed this job a lot. Even though it is not my “dream job”, but I learned to love this job and be a dedicated “brand person”. Somehow I grew emotionally attached to the brands I handle and I always treat them as my “children”. Brands require a lot of attention. And working in a medium sized company means I am able to be exposed to many different areas like logistics, finance, warehousing and so on. We used to joke around that our job scope is “bao kah liao” (do everything under the sun), which has some element of truth in it because as the product executive you gotta know your brand, inside and out.

As I wrap up my last day, I am glad that I was able to meet a bunch of really fun colleagues. Despite our job scope require us to work solo 99% of the time, I am still glad that we still know how to have fun during events or outings. We actually make a very good team whereby everyone is really open and easy going. I used to be a really serious person back then (scientists cannot horseplay in the lab you know). But after meeting them, I guess they managed to rub off some goofiness on me.

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This is us during our last lunch today! Missing a few people here though.

Before I left, I managed to go around to bid everyone goodbye AND of course, take some photos of the nooks and corners of my office.

20708218_10212221263518652_4259058946690507283_n.jpgThe stairwell where it all happened

This is exactly the place where I received the interview invitation phone call from the embassy. And this is where I did my first celebration (alone) when I found out that I qualified for the second round too! Very significant stairwell we have here haha!

In memory of my 2.5 years here, I wanna take a road down memory lane to remember what I have been through. These are the last things I wish I would forget. And while the memories are still fresh, I want to write all of these down.

  1. First trip with colleagues to LangkawiCIMG8523

We escaped to Langkawi during a 3 day long weekend and had a blast!

2. Company trip to Yangon, Myanmmar

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We had one of our sales meeting in Yangon. I thought I would never visit Myanmar for the whole of my life. But thanks to this opportunity, we spent 4 fruitful days there and get to explore the town. Here is me and one of my colleague posing in front of the famous Shwedagon Pagoda.

3. Events…MOAREEE EVENTS

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Did I mention that being involved with brands comes with additional perks like movie premiers and exclusive launches? Here’s one of the movie premieres that I have went to. Another one I have been to (which I can remember) is the X-Men Apocalypse premiere hehe.

4.  My cosy corner of my desk

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Despite reading some articles online on how we should NOT put personal stuffs like photos on our work desk, to me I just did what makes me comfortable. Personally I like taking photos (of myself, yes.) and I like adding a personal touch to my things. Since I am spending at least 8 hrs every weekday on this desk, I reckon having some personal touches wouldn’t hurt.

And there is a meaning to everything that was on display too! The graduation bear and my graduation photo is there to remind me that no matter how tough my day is going on, I will still manage to pull through it like how I managed to pass with flying colours for my degree. This photo is a daily reminder that nothing is impossible and we can overcome everything that comes our way. There is a time where all the difficulty will pass and the end result will be sweet (like my graduation).

I also included a family photo because being able to look at mum and dad during a tough day reminds me that there are still someone who will be there no matter how hard it gets. AND having Asian parents also means that I was brought up in a “YOU MUST DO WELL AND SUCCEED” mentality. So I guess it drives a bit of motivation up my sleeves as well? :p

 

All in all, it has been a really fruitful and eventful 2.5 years. They say everything happens for a reason. And I believe I was there, for that 2.5 years, for a reason. And as I walk out today, I gained not just work experience, but I also take away friendships and great memories. I will never forget all our steamboat sessions and karaoke sessions that we had. And of course, the epic performance of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance by one of our colleagues will always be remembered AHAHAHAHAHA.

One very important thing that my boss told me during our year end evaluation last year was that my education background do not matter. Marketing is not about education background, it is about your passion. The more passionate you are, the better marketer you are. This advice strikes a chord in me as it indicates that my hard work and dedication does pay off with the success of the brands I am handling. It reflects directly on the brand performance and I am so glad that my brands are striving well now. It is like seeing your own children grow up to reach their potential.

People always ask each other if they wanna go back to some point in life and live their lives differently. But for me, if I can go back in time to that interview where the job was offered to me, I would still say….

YES!

 

THE WAIT – FIRST HURDLE

Hello everyone! I just got back from a memorable vacation and a really busy month at work. We have about another month to go before we fly to Korea! Indeed time is passing by really quickly and everything has already sunk in, which means a lot of time is dedicated to planning and basically just getting ready for the 3 years stay.

So for this blog post I will be sharing my experience on the first round of KGSP-G application process for embassy track, which is basically the embassy interview.

About a week after the application deadline, I received a call from an unknown number while I was working. Turns out it was from the Korean Embassy and I was invited to the interview through the phone call! The interview was scheduled a little less than a week from the invitation phone call and subsequently on the same day itself, I received the interview invitation via email as well. I recall myself feeling really reallyyyyyyy happy and accomplished (despite it’s only the first round interview lol) to the point where I couldn’t hide my happiness. So in celebration I did silent “YES!” and a fist pump at my office stairwell where no one is around. 😀

Since this isn’t my first time going to an interview for a scholarship, I kinda have a rough idea on what kind of questions they would ask. I simply did some really simple preparation for some commonly asked interview questions and some trivial questions as well just in case.

So here are some questions that I anticipated (those in bold were asked during my interview):

  1. Brief introduction of myself
  2. What are my strengths/weaknesses?
  3. What difficulty do I think I would face while studying in Korea?
  4. What do I like about Korea?
  5. Why do I want to study in Korea?
  6. What is my favourite Korean food and why?
  7. Do I know how to speak Korean?
  8. Since I am from a science major (during degree), why do you want to study MBA for masters?
  9. Tell the interviewers more about my thesis (that I submitted in my application)
  10. Have you visited Korea? Tell us about your experience/what do you like about Korea?

Here are some questions that were asked but I did not prepare/anticipate:

  1. You mentioned that you like watching Korean dramas (because I mentioned that I learned and polished up my Korean by watching K-dramas and listening to K-pop). Which drama have you watched recently and what is your impression on Koreans after watching those dramas?
  2. Do you think it will be difficult for you to learn how to speak Korean in 1 year? (I do not have any TOPIK qualifications at that time but I know how to speak, read and write simple Korean. I guess since I did not hand in any TOPIK cert the interviewers assumed that I have 0 background on Korean language.)
  3. I was also asked to explain my future plans that I have written in my application in further detail. I said my long term plans is to be a lecturer/teacher so that I can share my knowledge with future generations. They asked if I am planning to teach food science (my degree major) or marketing (master’s major). I gave a vague answer at first because this “long term plan” was simply too far away (i.e. I have not thought it out deeply and in detail yet). I just said I will see which field I have more experience in at that time. After answering, it seems like they weren’t very pleased with my answer and I was prompted to make a choice there and then. To those who wanna know what I chose, I picked the latter.
  4. Why did you pick Yonsei (as your first choice)? What makes you interested to study there?
  5. Why do you want to research more on “crisis management” as written in your study plans?

The embassy interview was scheduled to start at 9.30am. I started my journey from home as early as 7.30am that day because the traffic to the city centre where the embassy is located can get really bad in the morning. True enough, I took almost 2 hours and I managed to reach around 9.20am because I took a few wrong turns and got stuck in a traffic jam that could have been avoided if only I took the correct route (I was planning to reach at 9am btw since it’s always better to be early than late).

I guess after working in the marketing field for two years, I have became super detailed and cautious on every single preparation for the interview. Aside from the journey planning and interview questions preparations, I also knew the importance of good dressing and attire. Like what many websites would say, it is really important to look smart and presentable. Plus, I believe since Koreans put a lot of emphasis on appearance and professionalism, I gotta up my dressing game to match their expectations as well.

Rule of thumb: FORMAL

While some of you might think wearing super formal (with coat etc) is a norm for interviews, I think in Malaysia we are more laid back on this matter. In many cases that I have personally experienced (interviews/formal events/work place), we generally don’t wear a suit/coat often since it is super hot here in Malaysia everyday.

I have also read somewhere that dark blue/navy blue are the best colours for a meeting that involves a discussion or to come up with an amicable solution or agreement to something. In layman terms, if you want someone to agree with you on something, they will be more inclined to do so if you are wearing blue.

 

Fashion crisis alert

The night before the interview, I had to choose between 2 blouses. One is a bright pink short sleeved chiffon blouse and the other is a navy blue long sleeved blouse. I was planning to pair either one of them with a black knee length pencil skirt and black heels. Despite knowing the fact that blue may be the better colour for this, I chose the pink blouse instead because I kinda knew that NO ONE would wear that colour for an interview as it may be deemed to flashy. I was right. Rather than choosing to blend in with everyone else, I thought bright pink would stand out and make the interviewers remember me better. Not a very mainstream judgement I guess.

AND…. I DID NOT WEAR A COAT……oops….

As I reflect on my choice of attire, I guess clothing does make a difference. I took quite a big risk on that and I nearly had to pay for the consequences for the second round #drama . Anyway, you will know why I said that if you read what happened subsequently.

OK so jumping back to the embassy interview. There were 12 of us that are shortlisted. If my memory serves me right, there was a balance between male and female candidates. Most of the people I talked to applied to different universities and a different major compared to mine. With exception of that ONE guy who also applied for Yonsei Global MBA #stress OMG why….. I found out about this when we were introducing ourselves while waiting for our turn for the interview and immediately I can feel the emotional stress. Why the coincidence whyyyyyyyy??! I still feel shudders down my back just by thinking of this. The stress of having a direct competitor for the first round itself is overwhelming. And he was wearing a suit and tie btw #soformal #attirewinmeliaolo

After registering and settling down in a small but cosy waiting room, the interview started at 10am and the first candidate was called into the room. Only then we found out that it was going to be an individual interview and not a group interview. I breathed a sigh of relief since individual interviews are better than team interviews. I had a bad experience with team interviews previously and I know how it goes in a team interview. It is literally survival of the strongest in there and I dislike that feeling of having to fight others without mercy #moredrama #nogiveface

While waiting for my turn (I was second in line to go), I managed to make some friends in the waiting room (which also turned out to be my fellow KGSP scholars now hehe). That is when I found out that basically everyone else in the room did wayyyyyyy more preparation than me. They have researched thoroughly on the scholarship, read about past student experience online (which I didn’t!) and even prepared their interview questions in Korean (Debbie, if you are reading this, I am talking about you).

As we were busy talking about how nervous we are, it’s my turn already omg! The first candidate’s interview took merely 15 minutes. I remember my mind suddenly turning blank and everything just happened in a flash because my interview took 15 minutes too!

Once I entered the interview room, I was greeted by 4 interviewers (3 males, 1 female). They were all really kind and friendly. We had a few good laughs here and there while I answered some of the questions. But nevertheless, it is kind of expected that sharp questions will be thrown at us during an interview. I remember being thrown a lot of questions in a never ending wave and before I know it, 15 minutes is up!

If I were to rate my overall performance for that interview, I would probably give it a 7/10. There were things that I could have done better. I should have spoken some Korean when they asked me to (I was too shy) and probably gave a better answer on my study plans and future plans. Overall I was feeling all the good vibes after the interview has ended.

The best advice I can give is to be sincere and honest. If you truly believe in your dreams and stand firm on your principals and perspectives, those around you (interviewers included) will be able to sense your confidence. Be sure of what you write in your application (letter of introduction, study plans and future plans) and be ready for questions about what you have written. Remember, you are fighting with the best of the best in your country (at this stage). It’s a whole new ball game compared to high school, college, or even university. Up your game, leave a good impression… Most importantly, make sure you are sure of what you are getting yourself into and just be yourself in the interview. 

 

That was it for my first round of embassy interview. Little did I know for the next coming three months, I will be experiencing an emotional roller coaster……

 

 

KGSP – University Track vs Embassy Track

One of the most common questions that potential applicants may ask is which route/track is better while applying for KGSP. Well I am pretty sure both methods has their pros and cons. So since I have applied through the embassy track, I will be listing out it’s pros/advantages here in this blogpost in comparison to university track. This is all based on my personal opinion and judgement. Different people may think differently but in my opinion embassy track suits me better because of the following reasons.

1. It is more convenient.

For embassy track, you just have to submit your documents to the South Korean Embassy in your country. Whereas for university track, despite only having to prepare 1 copy of your application documents, you have to send it to the university directly by mail. Since the South Korean Embassy is just about an hour’s drive away from where I live, I reckon submitting my application to the embassy would be more convenient than sending the parcel over to Korea. Plus, you get the assurance that your documents is at the right place, since you will be the one handing over the documents personally.

2. You get to pick 3 universities instead of 1

Remember the saying that goes, “Never put all your eggs in one basket”? In embassy track , you get to pick 3 universities. Which means you have 3 chances in getting picked. For me, I picked Yonsei, SNU and KU, which are the SKY universities of Korea. During my application, I actually knew about how prestigious they were beforehand but I have had absolutely NO IDEA that it is actually wayyyy harder than my expectations. I only knew of this after I have passed the first round #toolate, but well lucky for me I got accepted into Yonsei (which was my 1st choice haha).

As I read through other people’s past experiences, some actually commented that you should pick at least 1 regional university (i.e. those outside of Seoul) to increase your chances. Well, good thinking I suppose. But I guess I am not really those that play safe all the time. :p It is definitely a challenge and my stress level was off the roof throughout the process because I picked tough universities. But the end result is definitely worth it.

3. I have more time to prepare for my documents

Since I do not have to mail over my documents to Korea, I actually have more time to prepare and consolidate all my documents. Some extra time will come in handy since there are so many documents that we have to notarize, photocopy, print and write. For a working individual like me, I do not have much free time during weekdays to prepare for my application. So I was able to use the time spent for mailing my documents to prepare.

So that is all from me. If you are planning to apply after reading my posts, good luck to you!

KGSP – Application Process

Hello everyone! So before I forget all the drama and ordeals that I have been through throughout the 3 month long period from application to final announcement, I guess I should write all of this down first.

For this blog post, I will be sharing some of my own experience for KGSP-G application. Before I go into more details, allow me to write some #humblebrag.

I got accepted into Yonsei University for their Global MBA masters program. And for those who are a big fan of Korea in general, I guess you would know that Yonsei University is one of the SKY universities in Korea. It is really prestigious and I also heard that the acceptance rate is really reallyyyyy low. To give you a real life example, for my batch only 5 scholars who applied via university track were accepted into Yonsei.

So what did I do or rather, what are my so called “qualifications”? To be honest during the application process I was dying to know my fellow scholars’ (read: competitors haha) qualifications as well as it gives me some sort of benchmark and I would be able to gauge my chances into getting accepted. But if you are seriously going to apply for this scholarship, please do not be discouraged after reading this post. I have seen people with wayyyyy better qualifications that didn’t even pass the second round. I believe that being able to fit into the program is way more important than just merely having extraordinary qualifications.

Disclaimer alert: Not trying to brag or anything but whatever that is written below are indeed my qualifications that I have worked hard for. If it comes off a bit too show off-y in your opinion, I guess you can just skip the section in pink below and go on to the next paragraph… 🙂

  • Major: Bsc. (Hons) Food Science with Nutrition
  • University: Taylor’s University, Lakeside Campus, Malaysia
  • CGPA: 3.93
  • Publications: 1 (more on this later)
  • Working experience: Product Executive (2 years upon time of application)
  • Job scope: Brand management and trade marketing
  • Awards: 6 Dean’s List, 6 Book Prize Award, 2nd runner up in MIFT competition [these are just the ones that I included in my application]

Ok so let’s get started. The application will be opened in the beginning of February each year. You can find the announcement and also necessary information and forms at www.studyinkorea.go.kr under the scholarships tab. I won’t be going though step by step on EVERYTHING that you gotta fill up in the form as it’s pretty long. I’ll just be giving some tips on the more important sections only.

So basically there are two methods to apply, namely the university track and embassy track. I’ll make a separate post on university track vs embassy track later on. So for me, I chose the embassy track and the deadline given to me was 18 March 2017 to submit all my documents to the South Korean Embassy in Malaysia. The deadline may be different every year and also for different countries so please remember to call up the Korean Embassy in your country to check. You would have to prepare 1 original copy plus 3 photostat copies of all your documents (making it 4 sets in total). I notarized my degree certificate, degree transcript and also passport copies only as it wasn’t necessary to notarize my award certificates.

After downloading the form, you may notice that you are required to write a letter of self introduction, study plan and future plans. Among the other things, you would also need 2 letter of recommendations from your lecturers as well. So here is how I prepared for my application:

Letter of recommendation:

I am aware that my lecturers have really busy schedules so once I got the recommendation letter form, I immediately forward the form to 2 of my lecturers (Dean and Associate Dean of my faculty) seeking for their help so that there was ample time for them to fill it up and pass it back to me. I was fortunate enough to receive help from another lecturer, who has offered to help me collect the letters from both of them and passing it to me so that I won’t have to run about too many times. 🙂

Please take note that the letters have to be submitted in a sealed envelope and your lecturer has to sign at the back of the envelope alongside with an official stamp. So that means I had no idea what was written inside haha. But anyway, I know they have written me good comments. I believe all lecturers want the best for their students.

Letter of introduction:

In my humble opinion, I believe this document is THE most important document in the entire pile of forms/certificates that you will be submitting. Within the one page boundary, this is the ONLY chance for us to let those who review our application an opportunity to know about us better. I believe there are many websites that is able to guide you on what should you include. But for me, the rule is NOT TO HARD SELL.

Instead of just blindly stating out all my strengths, achievements, awards and so forth like a desperate salesman trying to tell people how good is the product that I am selling, I went for a more “emotional concept” for my letter. To make full use of the one page limit, I did not talk about my results, my education history and all my awards AT ALL as I believe the certificates that I attached can do the talking. Instead, I focused more on my experiences, my opinions and perspective on my career and my future. It’s like reading a story on how my life and perspective has changed after achieving a certain milestone in life.

Pro tip: While talking about your experiences you can also slot in one or two sentences on why do you think that experience will help you in your studies in Korea. – wink-

Pro tip 2: You may notice that in the form, some pointers are given to you on what should you include in the letter. To be safe, I have included all the pointers in my letter as I believe that is the level of their expectations.

Study plan and future plans:

Again, similar to the above letter of introduction, pointers are given on what to include so it’s best to include everything and add in more items if you have not reached the one page limit. I am a strong believer of maximizing the word count (or page count, for this matter) because it means that I can fit it as much information as possible. #kiasu #maximizingROIsince1992.

P/S: Kiasu literally means being afraid to lose out.

For study plans, since I will be studying MBA, I focused more on my forte and also my weaknesses that I noticed throughout my work experience. I highlighted on the areas I wish to improve and how MBA can help me in adding value to myself. Since I had a bit of room left after writing those things, I also mentioned on the electives that I would like to take and the reasons why.

But things can be a little tricky for those who applied through embassy track as we are given a chance to choose 3 universities. Across all my three choices, which are 1. Yonsei, 2. SNU, 3. Korea University, I picked a similar course for all three so it wasn’t too hard for me. But even so, all 3 courses have their major differences and obviously they are not the same with each other. So for me, the rule of thumb is that I focused more on my first choice (Yonsei GMBA) and written my study plan based on their curriculum.

As for future plans, it is also important to note that different courses fit differently for people with different future goals. It is important for you to identify what would you like to do after graduation before proceeding to pick the course that matches your interests and plans. Like I said earlier, how well you fit is more important than your qualifications. Before you even begin with the application, it is important for you to research more on the universities and courses that are offered before you make the choice. For my future plans, I split it into 3 sections, namely short term plans, intermediate plans and long term plans. I felt it is more systematic to write it this way and it will show my growth process and how I can utilize the experience gained from my short term plans when I start my intermediate plans and so forth.

Publications:

One of the optional items to include are your publications. Basically I just submitted my dissertation that I have written in my final year during the degree program as one of my lecturers has informed me that it DOES COUNT as a publication despite the fact that it is not technically published in any journals before. I guess it would add to your advantage if you are planning to pursue a major that is related to your publications. But for my case, since I am switching from a food science major to a business major, I am not sure how it has impact my application. But having said that, having 1 publication is better than no publications at all haha. My dissertation (some may call it thesis) is 80 pages long! So imagine how thick my application documents are after combining everything. #kiasu

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So after consolidating all the documents that are needed, I just dropped them off to the embassy a few days before the deadline. The guards at the embassy were super friendly and helpful. They obviously can sense how nervous I am and they assured me that they will pass the documents inside to the right person right away before I leave so that I don’t have to worry haha.

After submitting the documents, it will be the start of The Wait: The Beginning.

To be continued…

Why?

Warning: This is going to be quite a long winded post on my thoughts and feelings about my decision to go to Korea. You may proceed at your own risk.

Why did I choose to let go off everything I have here in Malaysia to take up an overseas scholarship?

Well many of my friends, relatives and even my parents have asked me this question.

To back track a little, I had a pretty steady career as a Product Executive in one of Malaysia’s top FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) distributor. I had a job that enjoyed, my own car and a comfy life. Making a decision to let all of this go to start a fresh in a foreign country isn’t the easiest decision to make. All my friends and relatives are happy for me of course. But I guess people don’t really see the other side of things (i.e. the things I gotta give up) most of the time.

Somewhere in my heart, there is a little dream in me that wants to experience being a student in a foreign country. I studied really hard and scored decent results in all my major tests, but there isn’t any openings or opportunities that came at the right time. At one point of time, I basically gave up on that dream entirely. I thought I would be able to cast this dream away by not thinking about it. But as I see more and more of the people around me pursuing their education overseas, something in me just bubbled up and I just knew for sure that if I don’t go, I would probably die with regrets some day.

AND THAT WAS IT.

I believe everything happens for a reason. Some how or rather, around October 2016 I stumbled upon an article on Facebook about KGSP. Fast forward to a few months later, the application is opened in February 2017. It was a big decision to make, but I felt a really good feeling when I submitted my application. Even though I went through quite an ordeal during my application process (will post the drama in a separate post), I’m glad that I have finally received this opportunity.

As I prepare for my 3 years stay in Korea, I believe that this is just a start of a memorable and meaningful once in a life time experience. I used to say “自己选的路,跪着也要走完” (I have to finish what I started, even if I am kneeling (suffering) all the way). But for now I’ll say, “自己选的路,要笑着走完” (I will finish what I started, smiling all the way).

I DID IT!

On this fateful day of 20 June 2017, KGSP-G scholarship has released their final announcement on the selected scholars for year 2017 at 5pm (Korean Time).

It has been 2 hours and the reality hasn’t sink in yet.

-drum rolls-

YES MY FRIENDS, MY NAME IS IN THE LIST AND I AM GOING TO KOREA TO FURTHER MY STUDIES FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS!!!!!

KGSP-G final scholar list

-spot my name-

It is definitely a big decision that I have made, seeing that I am actually having a steady career in the field that I like. So I guess this news may hit some of you by surprise haha.

And with that, I am picking up blogging again to record my journey and memories that I will be making in Korea. That aside, I will also be sharing some of the significant events/happenings during my application process (which took us literally 3 whole months) for future peeps that is interested to apply for this scholarship!

Aside from this life changing announcement (lol), I would also want to dedicate the first post of this blog to a number of people who has helped and supported me throughout these three months.

  1. First of all, thank God that He has given me strength and wisdom from the beginning and the end. It was not an easy journey, and the road from now on will only be harder.
  2. My Dad, whom has been my personal assistant/adviser especially during the application round. Also for being my ears for me to rant on how stressed I am because of the waiting/interviews/more waiting. He even told me that I can make it in my dreams!
  3. My Mum, who only knew about my application after I passed the first round (surprise, Mum!). Thank you for being my walking Wikipedia and Mama Google on Korean weather, dormitories, what should I wear for all 4 seasons and also sponsor for my new clothes etc etc etc. I know you are as excited as I am hehe.
  4. My friends in Hax Rollers (you know who you are), for bearing with my morning session rants/blues/freak out incidences for the past 3 months. It wasn’t easy to continue sleeping with like 100+ messages coming in your Whatsapp almost every morning at 9am haha. Thank you guys for believing that I can do it!
  5. My lecturers, Ms Chew, Dr Anthony and Dr Lai. Very very veryyyyyy huge thank you to Ms Chew for all your help in getting the recommendations letter for me. And also Dr Anthony and Dr Lai whom I believe, has written me good recommendations letter that has landed me this scholarship.
  6. And last but not least, I would also like to remember the late Dr Junus. I wish I could tell you personally that I got this scholarship. But I guess I won’t have a chance now. Thank you for your moral support when I emailed you about my application. I am eternally grateful for the help you have showered me all these while.

 

So that’s it for today! As I start my new journey, I hope my adventures and journey will inspire others to chase after your dreams and make it a reality.

Till next time…