First thing first, thought.
I know it is no piece of cake to secure myself with a scholarship, but my journey is strenuous. A bit exaggerating there but let’s see
Since the engineering courses offered are not to my interest; mechanical, petroleum, etc. I applied for Law instead – overseas.
Few days later my friend rang me to check their website, Tadaaa
okaaay, not what i expected. Petronas is the first scholarship to announce the result so I was still igniting with optimism – ‘It’s okay I still have other scholarships’
2. Bank Negara
They have two types; Kijang Emas dan Kijang. I applied the Kijang since I didn’t meet the requirements for Kijang Emas (straight A plus woW)
Screened means that they have viewed my application, but until now I have not received any emails. And rumor has it that the short-listed applicants were already going to the interviews, so I guess that’s the end for me and Bank Negara *insert crying emoji*
3. Yayasan Khazanah
ok now this one’s a mixture of humor and melancholy, well at least for me. Here’s the story – I met the minimum requirements; 8As (A and A+ only). Upon filling the application on their website, suddenly I cannot continue to choose my scholarship; Khazanah Watan or Global. There’s a red box with a heartbreaking statement
“Based on the (SPM) results you filled in, you did not meet our requirements”
They want As in core subjects, and unfortunately I got A- for my Bahasa Melayu. The only A- I have yet they rejected me so fast I couldn’t even finish filling the application -.- I kept on refreshing the website and try to apply again, but the red box kept popping out. Quite an endurance you got there huh, red box?
The next day, I apply for the same scholarship again. Call me hard-headed, but I choose to look on the bright side, I’m persistent 😛 Believe it or not, after continuously refreshing the website with utter perseverance, they let me choose the scholarship!!
The persistent me, 1 – The red box, 0
Enthusiastically I applied for Khazanah Global. But life’s not always rainbows and butterflies. I need to submit a 1000 words essay regarding the course I’m applying for, how it benefits the country and why I’m a suitable candidate (because I’m persistent, duh) The thought of 1000 words did drain my excitement but hey, I am half way there!! It’s the girl who refreshed the website a thousand times we’re talking about.
I read few articles regarding my course, watched tons of videos, and read again whatever that seems necessary to my essay. And there I was, 15 minutes before the deadline, submitting my holy-grail 985 words essay. Not to be bright but I think I really nailed it, I love writing anyway. (Trying hard not to upload the essay right here because that makes me look so desperate and saddening than I already am)
With that, I left it all to God. Few days later I got an email from Yayasan
unsuccessful – the word shattered my heart to pieces. They responded like thunderbolt, I wondered if they even read my essay. I couldn’t help but replied;
So bold, I know. Pretty sure they have already blacklisted my name by now hahaha. Then I got another mail..
They even mentioned my A- in BM -.- Plus, this means they did not read my essay and my eye-catching resume (it’s pink!) *cries quietly in a corner* And that’s the end for the melodrama between me and Khazanah. Honestly, it was very kind of them to reply to my emails, I didn’t expect that tho.
In the end, life goes on, I have other scholarships – which I may or may not be successful. But never ever give up because we never know what God has prepared for us 🙂
Disclaimer; This is not a complain, but a sincere sharing of my tiiiiny experience regarding scholarship that might be an eye opener for me and for you.