I bet you're wondering which university I've gained admission into. If you're a friend of mine, you would have known from the short status update I've posted on Facebook several weeks ago. If you're not, or you're someone who doesn't keep up with social media (and I don't blame you for that, it does get very boring), the answer is: Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed). I'll be going there on a government scholarship (one of the many perks of being a Bursary student), so I won't be burning a gigantic hole in my parents' pockets, as medicine is seriously expensive.
The university is located in Johor, so I'll be leaving KL on the 20th to check into my hostel and sort out living arrangements before the semester starts on the 23rd. Less than 11 days!!! :O
A couple of FAQs, if you're interested in reading them:
1. Why medicine?
Simple. The human anatomy is complex and interesting. Plus, I like solving problems, and as a doctor, you'd have to probe into every case to find the disease and appropriate diagnosis. Yes, I do realize that medicine takes a lot of hard work, and is probably one of the toughest and most stressful courses out there, but I'm a firm believer in the motto 'If you love what you do, it won't feel like work'. You don't even know how many times my parents have tried to dissuade me from doing medicine for fear of my mental health :/
2. Why NUMed?
When I was applying for universities, there was a certain list of universities whose medical programmes were sponsored by JPA. NUMed appealed to me the most, in terms of facilities, lecturers, etc. Also, it is a foreign campus, so the quality of education there is on the same level as that of its parent university in the UK.
The past few weeks have been quite the whirlwind. I had to attend my college's graduation ceremony (I may or may not have a post for this up later), sort out documents, go for multiple medical checkups, make lists of what I need to bring to Johor, buy hostel essentials, attend my language class (which has just ended, btw) and meet up with friends and relatives before I leave. I have only packed like 5% of the things I need to bring T__T
I'm gonna miss the sights and sounds of this bustling concrete jungle, but I'm sure the environment in Nusajaya will be equally as interesting for me to explore. I'll miss all my friends who are staying in KL, but there are new friendships waiting to be formed in Johor. This is not the first time I'm living away from home, so I won't find it that hard to be on my own, but this is definitely the first time I'm going to be living more than 5 hours away from my family. Thank God for technology, I can always send a text message/call/ Skype with them if necessary and if time allows it.