Monday, June 13, 2016

Goodbye semester 3!

It's best if I start my post with salam since I have been abandoned this blog for 6 months so, Assalamualaikum!! Salam Ramadhan Kareem! Alhamdulillah, we have another chance to meet Ramadhan again this year so I hope all of us will make the most out of it, insyaAllah. I am currently at home, enjoying my semester break. This year, I finally had the chance to celebrate the first Ramadhan with my family. It was pure bliss. I am enjoying and taking advantage every moment at home.

Semester 3 has ended (like a month ago haha) and I unbelievably survived. Honestly, semester 3 is the most stressful semester to me compared to previous semesters and maybe it's because I got too comfortable when I'm in semester 2, I guess? I only took 2 subjects (ICT and Law & Society) during short semester so, it's not too packed and I had plenty of time watching k-dramas and movies back at CFS. But for semester 3, I took 4 subjects (Arabic, Intro to Law, Public Speaking & Islamic Revealed Knowledge) and compulsary Fardhu Ayn class so that make it 5 subjects in total smh. I was barely hanging but thank God it's over now. Phew.

However despite all the pressure, I actually gained a lot of things and experiences in this semester. Like, a lot! For this post, I'm going to share some of the highlights from this 5-month-of-torture-but-meaningful semester so, let's get starteddd!

1. PUBLIC SPEAKING
When the timetable for semester 3 was released, I was anxious when I know I have to take ublic Speaking class. (fyi: Public Speaking is a compulsary subject for all Arts students in CFS) I won't lie, public speaking is one of my top fears. So, for the remaining days of my short sem break, I watched tons of TED talks konon nak 'get inspired' to be an awesome speakers like them.
But boy, I was wrong. Public Speaking class was awesome. I learnt many tips on how to improve our presentation to public, how to impress the audience and grab their attention. My lecturer is Sir El. He's a famous man! He often appeared in newspaper clips and on tv screen discussing about terrorism. He shared a few of his big experiences in our class. He has been to all around the world, he even got invited to the freaking White House! All of us were in awe. Our lecturer is super freaking amazing. Okay, enough already about him haha.

I really enjoy Public Speaking except when it comes to my turn to do it lol. In this class, we are taught several types of speeches which are; Impromptu speech, Informative speech, Demonstrative speech and Persuasive speech. For me, impromptu and persuasive speech are absolute nightmare haha. For impromptu, imagine you have to talk for 5-10 mins about a random topic with zero preparation. Asdfghjkl. I ended up babbled about my family because it's close to my heart, cewah. As for persuasive speech, you have to convince your audience about what you strongly believe in. You believe in sex education? Ok, but why? CONVINCE US. Man, it's so intimidating haha but thankfully I managed. You have to convince them good yknow or else they are going to bombard you with questions. If you didn't study enough, it's going to trap you bro so it's very challenging but interesting!

2. ISLAMIC REVEALED KNOWLEDGE (IRK)
This subject taught me how to be patient and hard work. I khatam the whole book wei because this subject is damn heavy la. Basically, you have to learn about Islam but deeper than what you've learnt in Pendidikan Islam back in high school. My lecturer said this subject helped you to understand Islam better so that your iman can increase and if a non-Muslim question about your faith, you could tackled them easily insyaAllah. It's a really interesting subject actually but the amount of information (sirah, tauhid, fiqh, etc) you have to digest are a lot. I respect semua Muslim scholars all around the world! Tabik spring! Thankfully, I survived this subject with the help of these angels.

We called ourselves, the Amazing Five! I hope Allah will bless these souls for helping me through this subject and actually made it enjoyable haha! We took these pictures right after we finished our presentation on LGBT. We made a talk show, 20 minit bersama Ustazah Dona (forum) on transgender on tv irk 302 hahah! Introducing, ustazah Dona (me), PU Najihin Rahmat, lawyer Cik Nabilah, Dr. Wanan from University Al-Azhar and special guest, former pengkid madam Rini (Nin) xD I love you guyssssss      

3. ARABIC LANGUAGE
- Ini Ustaz Rahiman. Sangat baik dan penyayang.
- Sebelum kelas start, ustaz selalu akan beri tazkirah sebagai sajian rohani.
- Ustaz juga menggalakkan kami untuk menghafal hadith.
- Sebelum ni tak tahu hikmah baca doa selepas azan besar sangat, lepas ustaz hurai dan suruh tasmiq hadith tu setiap kali kelas, ha memang tertanam la dalam hati.
- Lagipun ia membantu untuk kuasai bahasa arab.
- Have I mentioned that ustaz ni penyayang? He reminded me to my grandfather T___T Sangat baik.
- Juga seorang yang amat penyabar melayan karenah kami.
- Bersungguh-sungguh mengajar nak bagi kami faham!
- Ini Ustazah Halizah. Comel orangnya.
- Kelas ustazah hanya 2 kali sahaja seminggu berbanding kelas ustaz, 6 kali seminggu.
- Penyayang. Aku rasa kriteria nak jadi lecturer bahasa arab ni kena jadi seorang yang penyayang la?
- Ustazah selalu kaitankan pembelajaran kami dengan ayat-ayat dalam Al-Quran. Dia sangat tekankan yang bila belajar bahasa arab ni, cuba-cuba lah fahamkan buku suci kita. Paling best bila ustazah relate pengunaan satu perkataan Arab ni dalam Quran then your pemahaman on that ayat jadi cam omG HA'AH LA?!?! WOW!!
- Ustazah crey masa last class. Dia amat risaukan kami dan rasa bersalah sebab tak banyak mengajar but what are you talking about ustazah??? You did good?? Don't cry :(((

4. Fardhu Ayn
Remember when I told you there's Fundamental Knowledge Test (FKT) during Taaruf Week? Well, I guess I didn't do that good in that test lol so I need to go for fardhu ain class. Once a week. Basically you're learning feqah again. You will learn basic things such as wudhu', tayammum, prayers, menstruation, etc. Selain belajar selak buku, ada praktikal jugak. I had to do ablution demonstration, presentation, hafazan and assignment. Worry not! Tak efek GPA pun semua ini. Kelas ini kira pass atau fail je. Belajar lah elok-elok lagipun bagus kelas fardhu ain ni. Selain daripada ia menolong untuk refresh memory kita mengenai hukum-hakam ibadah, kita juga dapat perbaiki steps kita untuk perform wudhuk, contohnya. Banyak diskusi dalam kelas ini yang membuka minda kita. Sebenarnya senang je nak buat ibadah tapi kepala kita je yang rumitkan. So, tak sia-sia langsung la masuk kelas fardhu ain! NO SHAME! NO REGRETS!!!

5. INTRODUCTION TO LAW (ITL)
Kelas paling besstttttttt!!!! The most enjoyable, fun, interesting and basically my favourite class lah! I heard a lot of sighs from my fellow coursemates about this class because you gonna have read A LOT and history references are everywhere in this subject haha so my first impression on this subject was really not that good but my beloved lecturer, Miss Adibah changed everything. Honestly, lecturer paling baik dan sempoi. I mean all of my lecturers are kind but she's the kind that I can get along with. She treated us like her brothers and sisters so it's really comfortable to be in her class.
Apart from having a wonderful lecturer, I also have an amazing teammates for group project. We were assigned to take a look at the administration system of justice in our country and our team got the famous, Federal Court of Malaysia (Mahkamah Perseketuan). I don't know how we did it but we managed to get an appointment to seek further information on this court and visit around the prestigious Mahkamah Persekutuan in Putrajaya.
I did a vlog for our trip and here is it: (Apologize for the not so great quality)
It was really a fun and an eye-opening experience. Lawyers were everywhere when we arrived there so it kinda sparked my passion to pursue law, cewah. They inspired me to be like them, maybe even better insyaAllah. We met Mr. Steven Thiru, the President of Malaysian Bar Council while were waiting to enter a proceeding. He was friendly and nice! I thought these people don't have souls haha (sorry) because seriously their aura terrify me. But no, I was wrong.. they are just human beings doing their best in their job. They can smile and be friendly too! A lot of proceedings that we went are about land matters and bankruptcy so it's not that interesting to me. In fact, it bores me. I yawned like hundred times and most of the time I spent there was just thinking "erm is it appropriate to leave now.." Sebab aku takut distract hakim and kena sound je. Look how scared I was.

Just there's one thing that I noticed while I was there it's just that there's a little number of malay lawyers. Ada tu ada je tapi tak kelihatan sangat? Most lawyers that I saw were either chinese or indian, you could see that in the video too. But chill... yang duduk atas bench, yang dihormati dan mengadili, Yang Amat Arif (hakim) majoritinya adalah melayu. Bila nampak situasi ini, aku rasa cam yeahhhh I will study smart and work hard to be an aspiring lawyer supaya aku dapat represent bangsaku di mahkamah tertinggi di malaysia ha gituw! Haha doakan aku.
InsyaAllah...

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