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3 December 2012

Do You Know How to Study for Finals Exams?

So the dreadful December before Christmas holiday is here. Students... be afraid. Be very afraid. In fact, I am not too sure why I am blogging when I should be studying. That means I love you guys so much and I can't bear to be away from my blog. I am going to give some personal tips on how to study. I like to think of myself as an average student who did studied pretty hard yet get an average mark and still ended up in the first school and subject of my choice. I went through a hellish competitive Health Science environment. But I got bored of science and switched to Business. So I knooow all sort of academic pain students go through.. (except if you are in Arts then)

1) You get off the Internet right after you read this post. Seriously. My trick is that my dad will disable my Internet until exam period is over. If I need Internet, I gotta go use the kitchen laptop which I am too lazy to walk there. YUP! You have NNOOOO idea how easy it is to study without internet/phone distraction. Go to the library if you must. Be away from distractions.

2) You don't study in group
That is gotta be the most bullshit lie you tell yourself if you think you can even concentrate in a group study. Hell no. 
I tried that. I ended up doing absolutely nothing. So did my friends. We were like "WHY WE SO STUPID?"

3) Rewrite your notes
If you have time, read through your notes and at the same time, write down what you feel is the most important on a separate piece of paper. It's your cheat sheet. You just studied it the hour before your exam. Save you time and refresh your memory reaaaal quick. 

4) Do exercises!
Oh for the love of god, do exercises. I had this one computer exam (I was like whyyyy? Whyyy computer when I am majoring in Business? Whhyyy) anyway this exam, I really didn't have time to study for it. I had too many important exams before that one. So I read the summary notes the instructors provided. (Note: I know nuts about computer. I don't even know what a RAM does!) I printed out alll the past exams and spent the DAY BEFORE the exam doing them like crazy. I was sooo sure I was going to fail and I was like "NO GUTS NO GLORY!" So I studied my ass out that day. I went to the exam, did it, and got an A. I was like OMGGGGGGGG. MIRACLE! 

This is my usually 'neat' desk during my midterm. Note: ONE midterm. Basically, you see my computer is off. I have my notebook on my left. That's where I write down everything teachers said in class. Then I printed out the PowerPoint slides our teachers posted. Then I made my summarized cheat sheets (You see 2 of them. One is beneath my pencil and the other is leaning on the monitor) Then on the top left, that's the past exam that I am practicing on. Overall, that's how your desk should look like too during exams. 

So remember. After another few more weeks of horror... you will be done. Christmas HOLIDAY!
Christmas songs everywhere till you want to find the nearest person and hug their breath out!
Wonderful Christmas presents waiting for you!
Beautiful white snow on the ground and you make snowman with your family.
Go ice skating with your friends. Snow boarding in the woods...etc.
I have sooo much planned for this Winter break. I can't wait. At all!

Soooo not to spoil your winter holiday, you should really study your bum out so you won't have any lingering regret on Christmas! STUDY AND GOOD LUCK!

(Disclaimer: I took the following pics from Google. I just gotta share them!)
My god, this place is gorgeous! Good luck in your finals. May the Study Spirit be with you.

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30 November 2012

Students' Job Hunting and Interviews Experiences

As a student, I applied to my university extra program called the Co-op program which allows students to work for 1 semester and study the next semester alternatively. The Coop searches for companies who are interested in hiring interns for a semester and the students have to apply to those jobs available. So I will share with you my experiences applying to jobs as students.

First of all, you write write a good CV/resume. Make sure it looks professional and use strong action verbs that relates to the jobs you are applying. Then it's always good to write a Cover Letter. That's where your employers get to know what kind of a person you are. In your cover letter, brag about yourself. A job interview is about selling yourself (legally, lol). Try to attract your potential employers to you so that you can get an interview.

Do not be discouraged if you don't get the job you applied for. When I first started applying for jobs, I was like "I'm so going to get interviewed." It's alright to feel like that. Though sometimes, things don't work out exactly. I'll tell you why. I customized my cover letter for each job and applied to over 30 jobs within the month. (that's the time frame given by the coop) and I would say 10% will contact you.  So this week (the interviewing week), I had 3 job interviews. It's tough and scary. I know. I was scared witless when I am waiting in the reception hall for my interview.

Dress formally. You would have a better chance getting the job if you over-dressed than under-dressed. You can bring a bag with you to put your stuff. A formal, black bag would be nice. I put my own copy of CV and Cover Letter with me in a thin, black folder. You want to look professional and assertive. Groom yourself to perfection. The employers aren't going to hire a poorly-kept person.

Remember you aren't the only person they are interviewing. Don't think you are already a winner when you get a job interview. They are also interviewing other candidates that might be more qualified than you. So don't let your guard down.

So horror stories of interviews. Haha, don't be scared. This is where you learn where your weaknesses are and improve them for your next interview.
My first interview was at a bank. I went there 30 minutes in advance and wait in the lounge. My heart rate was going crazy. I jumped every time the door open and smiled/grimaced to everywhere. Oh god... why... *facepalm*

Finally, my interview came. A man probably in his thirties. We went to his office. Sat down and I was tensed beyond reality. The key thing is to appear calm. I tried to compose myself, cross legs (for females) and don't straighten your back tooooo straight (that will show you are tense). Smile at the interview.

Anyway, first interview is always scary. You get the drill after a few interviews. So the interview asked me the following questions (at least those that I can remember).

Tell me about yourself
me: ehhhhh... I'm a very people-person and responsible... yeah. (Awkward right? Don't do that! Always elaborate your answers!)

So this is your first work term. You haven't learned a lot about (business position) yet.
Me: I am taking (business field) classes and I am learning about (business terms).

Oh? So what is a stock, preferred share and bond?
I have to say... my brain froze at that time. I was like dafuuuuuq I didn't prepare for this! Stupid! I should have! Aaaaauuuugghhhhh! I am soooo screwed. 
Anyway I answered some gibberish my brain could think of.
Lesson: When you answer a question, you better as hell be prepared to elaborate on it. If you can't, you will look extremely stupid. Trust me. I went through that.

Do you have any cold call experiences? (cold calls is mentioned in the job posting)
Me: No, I don't. (Interview made a face that I knew I am screwed) But I have experiences taking phone orders (Try to turn your answers positive. Always)

Do you have any question? 
Ask the interviewer! You should prepared some questions beforehand. You want to show your interviewers that you are passionate about the job. You want to learn more...etc.
Go to their website, do extra research to learn about the company.
Anyway I probably won't get that job since I screwed up so badly. It was my first interview so I won't be too harsh on myself. Onto my second interview (the very, very next day).

It's a government job. I'm not going to talk much about it because I promised I won't speak of the interview. Before applying for the job, I went to their seminar to learn about them. They came to my university to talk about it. So it didn't hurt to spend an hour listening to the job. It's advantageous because you can mention it in your cover letter. That shows to the interviewer that you make an effort to learn about that. That makes them happy. So they might schedule an interview (chance of getting the job increases!)

The interview itself went well. The interviewer recognized me from the seminar. She was like "You came to our seminar." See? Go to their seminar if you have a chance. It's worthy.

The interview tests your personality. We had a roleplay on phonecall services...where she grades you based on how you handle the situation. So if you are applying for a job about phonecall, be prepared for a roleplay situation. Be polite.

Sometimes, they will test you on your bilingualism. She asked me some questions in another language and I have to give a firm answers in that language. The interviewer can harm you that they are changing the language or they can just start talking to you in another language. Don't be scared. If you are not comfortable, just tell them that you are learning that language (you better be!) in extra course. Don't lie in an interview. It's going to backfire (not that I have experienced that before since I am honest in my answers).

The last one I went to was with a theater. I was like 'okay... why am I a business major doing in a theater firm?' There were 2 interviews and they were both relatively young. Apparently, we had a lot in common and we joked around. It was one of the nicest interviews I had been to. No stress. It's like meeting new friends. The questions they asked had a genuine curiosity and more personal feel than generic questions. When we finished, they showed me around the building and yada yada. Overall, quite entertaining.

Anyway, I got a job offer from 1 of the 3. Whooopiiieeee...

As funny as it is... don't say this in an interview. lol. 

Don't get to bummed up if you don't get an interview or a job offer. Harry Potter's author (J.K.Rowling was rejected many, many times before a tiny publisher house signed her up)!

Sometimes, you are just bad luck. See true story example below. That was my assignment grade. 
Make. No. Sense.


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25 November 2012

Vote to Prove Him Wrong!

Are You Human?

So my dad challenged me to prove to him that my blog readers are humans. He is convinced that it's the internet crawlers that are viewing my blog posts. Right in my ego! Ouch! To prove him wrong, I decided what better way than to let you readers help me out! PLEASE help me defeat my dad! PLEASE VOTE!

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It happened to me once... Fate in Computer Trolling... Restored to the infinity!

Seriously guys! Please vote. 
Allow me the chance to pwn my dad!
Come on! Human Power!

23 November 2012

Amateur Blog Got 10 000 views!

OMG! I don't believe this... it's happening... Oh. My. God. *inhale deeply* YAY! 10 000 views! That's a lot of hits for a new blogger like me! I want to thank everyone who read, follow and support this blog. It makes me incredible happy and giddy. I aim to make this blog a great success and everyday, it seems to get better and better! The number of views are increasing more and more each day. It's like watching your child growing up! Thank you for making my goal flourish. Coincidentally, today the blog is exactly 3 months old and got its 10000 views! *happy tears* Thank you!

Tada, I decided to make a quick sketch of my grinning face (minus glasses because I hate them). Yes, yes, I know I look way cuter here than I give myself credit for... *eyes rolling* 

I was staring at the counter when it hits 9999 views. I was like OH BOY! *gripping my mouse* I refresh (my blog is not counting my own hits) and it went to 10001. I was like nuuuuu, I miss the 10000! But on the bright side, it means there are 2 sweethearts out there reading my blog at that moment. I am awfully happy. *maniacal giggle* 

Really, I want to thank my anonymous readers, followers and friends who support me. It means so much to me. I wish I could give you all a hug.

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15 September 2012

Era Fey Self-Portrait

Special post!
Some of you must be wondering how I look like. And since I'm not particularly keen of blasting my identity in big screen, you guys get a sketch of me. TROLL FACE. If there is any proportion inaccuracy, it's my mistake. It has been awhile since I last attempted a life portrait.. so my skills are way off the bat. Though my broad shoulders and my short torso are correctly depicted. I'm not that short... just have longer legs. My hair is as bushy as ever. I'm not wearing my glasses (hate them anyway). After taking the pic of the drawing, I realize how awkward the sketch looks. I seem to be missing pants... LOL. It's tight gym pants... but whatever I'm too lazy to update another picture of the shaded version. 
I look a little bit too pretty here... mehhh... So yeah guys. This should give you a rough idea. Enjoy!

This (up) is what I look like... then this (down) is what I would like to look like and be doing...

And who I would very like much to stalk whenever I'm bored...

So now that you are done scrutinizing the sketches, I will have you know that I'm embarrassed to the core for posting them. It's like auuughhh why you attention whoreeeeee.... but *cry* I'm just drawing for fun... don't bash me. University is stressful and I'm currently not motivated to work on my other hobby (writing psychological novel). So I was like Why Not Zoidberg? I mean... drawing?

Alright, I'm done bragging and time to go back to study. Nooooo!

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