Star Edu Fund, pt.1 comment
24.4.17
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Interview @ Management & Science University, MSU

  • The day before
I crammed the night before to prepare a video for my physics' assignment. I appointed myself as the group leader and took matters into my hands. No offense, but the rest of my team members seemed a little too laid back and incapable even if I had delegated some simple tasks. Plus it was just some video that I could easily take from Youtube and compile it together which all in all, was a one man's job. Furthermore I knew for certain I couldn't make it back on time from my interview to be present for the presentation. Hence, I thought it was only fair that I compile the video with the necessary narrations and audio as the rest would have to bear the burden of presenting it in front of the class. And yet there was this one member who felt as though she was not of much use because she was apparently not given much task to handle 😑

Long story short, I slept late the night before. I frowned upon the idea of being ill-prepared for my interview. So I woke up early the next day, ironed my blouse, prim and proper, ready to set off on a short excursion to the place where the interview was held. The venue of the interview was at a meeting room in MSU. The journey there from my campus took approximately 2.5 hours which was not as long as I had expected.

  • First impression
On reaching the main campus, I thought to myself that the campus is really big. I found myself confused and lost. I wandered around asking for directions from students and security guards. Everyone pointed different directions. I then proceeded to ask another girl who was wearing a red baju kurung with hibiscus prints, the uniform most of the students around were donning. The girl shook her head and claimed she was new too. Just then, a young female student approached me and asked if I was looking for something. I explained to her that I was looking for directions to go to the meeting room for an interview. She proceeded to guide me to the lift and told me to go to the 15th floor. I thanked her and went on my way. On my way to the meeting room, I happened to stumble upon a Sunday school mate who happens to be a new intake student at MSU.

  • Before the interview
I was given yet another scholarship application form to fill up. I guess because the scholarship is disbursed under the university itself, we had to fill up a form for the President's Scholarship. After filling the form up, I sat at the common area where the rest of the shortlisted applicants were seated. A girl by the name Thanu befriended me and we exchanged pleasantries and chatted for a while. She was a nice and an amiable girl. Thanu's turn was up before mine. Next up was me. Thanu wished me luck and said she would wait for me outside with her mum.

  • The interview
I faked a confident stride, entered the room and greeted the panel while handing over my certs and CV to one of the interviewer. The panel comprised of two interviewers - a male and a female interviewer, the former a representative of Star, the latter a professor from MSU. I was relieved as there were only two interviewers. The lesser the number of interviewers, the lesser my chances of getting roasted, I thought. I also recognized the male interviewer to be the same guy who interviewed me for last year's Star Edu Fund scholarship interview at Methodist College, KL. Lucky I was not thrown any hard questions apart from the usual questions that you can expect in an interview- tell us about yourself and your family background, why this course, if you got an offer from uni A and uni B which would you pick, and many more questions in between derived from my response. The panel was very kind and nice. The panel and I then exchanged pleasantries and I exited the room with my certs feeling contended with how I performed.The interview lasted for approximately 20 minutes.

  • After the interview
Thanu and her mum had waited patiently outside for me. Thanu proposed the idea of having lunch outside at a mall nearby. I agreed to join as I myself was famished. After a bit of a hassle getting out of the parking lot, we finally made it out the campus after what seemed like an eternity. We headed to Aeon Mall Shah Alam and had our lunch at Vivo. I was a first-timer there and the food was heavenly, truly. We helped ourselves to pizza, marinara spaghetti, fish and chips along with oreo cheesecake for dessert. Best part of all, Thanu's mum offered to pay for the bill. I'm not gonna lie, that did indeed make my day 😁

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After our hearty meal, Thanu offered to drop me at the Batu Tiga komuter station. We bid our farewells and wished each other well. And of course, no one misses out on a selfie, even if it's between two strangers who quickly became friends over a brief period of time 😂

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Thoughts

All in all I had great interview experience, garnered a good new experience of travelling solo to a place I've never been before, made a new friend and best of all, I gave reasons for me to be happier about myself, especially because when I look back in retrospect I realize I have honed better soft skills and people skills.

The interview results are said to be out in a week's time or in a fortnight. Keeping my fingers crossed!





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