10 Facts about Studying in Local Universities

On one random day out, Elaine and I were talking about local universities. Most of our friends are studying in private colleges or universities and we are like the only one in the group who stuck in Malaysia.

Apart from that, both of us are studying in the same university-

Univesiti Putra Malaysia. And also taking the same course- Biomedical Sciences.

For those who are like Elaine and I- didn't get the chance to go oversea to pursue our study, you should read this, perhaps you might feel better and at least feeling grateful that you're studying locally. 

But for those who are studying in private universities OR you're going to do so, perhaps you should shut up and leave this blog right now.

1. You get to finish a degree course by paying less than RM 10,000.
You might show the expression like me below,

and say "WHAT??? LESS THAN RM 10,000????"

For my four year course, I only pay about RM 8000 since 70% of the tuition fee is subsidized by government. By the way, RM 8000 is inclusive of almost everything except my party and clubbing expenses. LOL.

2. Even the tuition fee is like so effing cheap already, you get to apply zillions of scholarship and loans.
By the way, I'm under JPA scholarship which has its own pro and con. 
The pro is that you get to enjoy RM 5000 per semester and additional of RM 700 for your air tickets if you are from East Malaysia. The con is that, you have to work for government. But some people would think it's a good thing since they don't have to worry much about being unemployed in the future.
Apart from JPA, there are so many scholarship and loans out there for you to grab like Yayasan (of the respective state), PTPTN and so on.

3. You definitely will  lose your fashion sense if you're in local university.
If you're in local U, there's no such culture as girls wearing heels and guys wearing faded jeans to lecture hall since everyone is following the "etika pemakaian pelajar".
And the guys hair should be....

like this.

Of course no students are following this anymore, but when you're going to the student council or some important functions held by uni, you would expect yourself wearing like this.
So you would say, this shouldn't be an advantage of studying locally since you gonna make yourself more kolot right?
Here are the reasons
First reason- You would save huge sum of money by not following the current fashion trend.
Second reason- You don't have to worry what to wear for lecture everyday cos no one gonna give a damn on it.
Third reason- No one gonna laugh at you if you're wearing your grandma or grandpa's clothes.

4. You are like anyone else around the world, struggle like hell during assignment as well as presentation week.
*This time I'm not gonna show you my scary and tired looking face*

5. You are like anyone else around the world, stress like hell duing finals.
Perhaps, we're not going for "pass and fail" matters. It's all about getting First Class Honor or not. And this has made the study environment becomes so tense. Everyone is struggling to get CGPA 3.75 and above as if you're dumb if you can't get it. The "kiasu" atmosphere is so prevalent in local universities and I hope there's something that the government should take action on it.

6. You get to go back to hometown more often than any of your friends do.
If you're a homesick person, you should opt to study locally. If not, I bet you gonna die of homesick. I'm not really a homesick person, so it's still ok for me. But I'm someone who really sticks closely to my family, so yeaps, study locally is good though. 
Besides, semester breaks are like freaking long and you get to savour your own hometown food till you drop. Perhaps I should promote Laksa here! Sarawak Laksa is the best!

7. You get to have free food all the time!

You can have free food like most of the time.
There are a lot of "jamuan" and "kenduri" throughout the year. The good thing about those kenduri and jamuan is that, they are all FREE!
So you know why I love pork so much? Simply because I had too much chicken back in uni.

8. The name of local universities are always the most unglamorous one.
X: National University of Singapore (NUS)
Y: Cool!
X: University of Nottingham
Y: Great!
X: Taylor's University
Y: Wow!
X: Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
Y: What ah?

At least I always have the chance to tell people how great UPM is when they respond WHAT AH right?

9. You're like CInderella because you've to come back to hostel before 12 am. If not you gonna sleep at the roadside.
But if you're a party animal,

You must do something out of it then.

10. You sing Negaraku more often than anyone else do.
Yes, that's making us more patriotic. We sing our National Anthem like in every occasion. 
I only always do lip singing when the national anthem is played.

You might be asking, why am I writing this post. It's not simply because I'm too free or being busy body or trying to show off (there's nothing to show off btw) or worse I'm not trying to tell you how good studying locally is. 

What I wanna clarify here is that, everyone wishes to pursue their tertiary education if can, in oversea right? I mean who wanna stuck in Malaysia if you have the chance to experience the wonders outside Malaysia. In fact, the standard of local universities are yet to be improved and there are so much to be done in order to push our local universities to a higher level.

Nonetheless, this entry is especially for those who can't afford to study oversea. Like me, I have to go through the toughest two years of studying in my life in Form 6. And those lucky ones, they got into Matriculation. These are the two main routes to get into local universities.

By the way, tomorrow is the release of UPU 2009/ 2010 local universities application results.

Good luck and all the best!

Hope all of you could get your desire courses and universities!

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