[Delayed post] The short sem: Illustrated, with notes

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I wrote this during the short sem, but put off publishing it (just because). 

So I'm publishing it now because: 

  1. Iimaan said "kat post yang short sem tu kata nak tulis lebih byk post kan haha". 
  2. Like I said to Leila, I don't want to regret (after UIA) not blogging more about life in UIA while I'm still here. 
  3. I'm trying to ignore the fact that my IELTS speaking test is tomorrow, 10am. My strategy so far: Talk like my future depends on those 11-15 minutes with the examiner. We'll see how that goes. 
  4. I'm tired of thinking about the Jews of modern Egypt. And the prospect of writing up the papers for Modern Arab World and Islamic Civilization. Oh and preparing for the presentation on "Muhammadiyah". Not to mention the deluge of post-mid-sem-break mid-term tests and quizzes.

*               *               * 
Anyway, the post is just a 2-day diary-thing I wrote while doing the literature review for EAW.

Khamis 28 Jun 2012

21:00     Begin online search for journal articles. Read photocopied book chapters/books borrowed from library. 
02:35     First breakthrough (it was that difficult). Immediately gets addicted to the searching.
05:10     Sleep



[My laptop broke down so I had to use my father's].

10:15     Wake up
11:30     Begin online searching and printing articles at ITD computer lab
15:00     Bind the articles at photocopy shop, buy some cake from the bazaar -- there's always some kind of bazaar in UIA, every sem. Buy dinner at HS Cafe
15:25     Reach mahallah. Brunch/tea/snack on some cake [see photo below]. Sleep.



20:20     Wake up. Dinner. Finishes the remaining slice of cake.
21:15     Begin reading printed articles. Make notes along the way.

Jumaat 30 Jun 2012

03:25    Room mate pops in. "Maryam, are you working on an assignment? (So early in the sem?!)" "Yuhhhhh it's EAW, there's so much to do. I have to submit my first draft by the third week yaddayadda" "I know, I took that too." "You did? The English one? You can choose?" (because she's a Qur'an Sunnah major, and IRK peeps usually take the Arabic version of this course). "Yes. It was horrible, I don't want to remember it" And on and on for about five minutes. Then back to the articles. 

[The room-mate in question is now back home in Istanbul, for good. The short sem was her final sem. We really miss her oven, too. She (a) loves cats (b) listens to ABBA and asked for the mp3 files of the Dixie Chicks songs she heard playing from my laptop; which means we have the same taste in music (c) left an Istanbul key-chain on my noticeboard (plus several other household items for us) before she left (d) cooks, bakes, and loves cats. What's not to love?].


04:30     Kölbl, C. & Straub, J. (2001). "Historical consciousness in youth: Theoretical and exemplary empirical analyses."
04:50     Picasa break. Sambung makan nasi + tomyam dinner (See photo below). Birds outside already chirping.
05:15     Resume reading Kölbl & Straub.
05:30     Feeling sleepy.
06:10     Sleep.
 

08:39     Kak Seri calls. "Awak kat mana?" "(Groggily) Kat mahallahla kenapa." "Ada orang bagi pisang, kak Seri buat goreng pisang, nak?" "(Slightly more awake, excited) Nak, nak!" Back to sleep.
Sometime after, somebody else calls. I didn't want to pick up the phone, so I let it ring, and then put it on silent mode.
10:15     Kak Seri arrives at my room! She had to call Najwa to ask where our room was, because I didn't answer her calls or reply her texts (was asleep, phone was silent. Happens all the time). Apparently the bananas didn't turn out well (wrong kind of pisang), so she made cucur ikan bilis. Whatever, I ate them happily. We ate and talked.
12:10     Kak Seri leaves for her weekend class, she's taking a part-time diploma in Education something. I washed my shoes, then resumed reading the endless articles.
13:15     Mixed up ontogeny with ontology while looking up the first word on Google.
14:05     Done with Lee, P (2004). "‘Walking backwards into tomorrow’: Historical consciousness and understanding history." By this point I know that my survey was not going to involve finding out the respondents' historical consciousness orientation based on Rüsen's typology.
Break. Finished reading and making notes from four articles so far.
15:30     Boil eggs (in electric kettle) for sandwich. Continue with reading.
15:50     Sambung makan cucur ikan bilis.
16:33     Finish reading Haeberli (2005). Sees possibility of replicating some parts of his research.
18:50     Dinner with Kak Seri, her class finished (really early) unexpectedly. She bought chicken mandy rice for me, lamb mandy for her. 
19:50     Already feeling drowsy. Forced myself to stay awake (at least until normal bedtime) because I needed to break the up-all-night, sleep-during-the-day cycle. 
21:12     Still reading and making notes, but continuously snacking on honey (liquid candy!) to stay alert.
21:50     Done withh Selwyn (2009)
22:50     Done with Madge et al. (2009). Pleasantly distracted by some Facebook conversations. Felt weird because I was at the same time reading articles/study reports about Facebook in the lives of young adults/college students.
23:05     Begin reading Pempek et al.'s article (2009) from the last paragraph upwards.
23:57     Alhamdulillah, done with all the articles. Three or four have been taken out along the way (unnecessary/not very relevant. Plus, we can only use 10 references max. This is going to be a problem 'cos I've already had eight articles on my list, and about six book waiting to be included. Maybe I can negotiate with the lecturer? I mean, I usually have to use 10 references minimum, so how come it's 10 maximum for this Academic Writing subject? She did say something about not wanting our research to be overwhelmed by previous literature, but still...)

Further notes:

1) Alhamdulillah, I got A for EAW. 
2) Thank you to the 15 girls and 15 guys who participated in the survey. I literally could not have done this without you.
3) I'm not always this hardworking. In fact, most of the time my desk features more food than open books. 
4) I'm dreading the moment when I have to say goodbye to UIA. My heart breaks just thinking about it. 
5) Now back to my Ritz with honey breakfast.

Disorganized student misses blogging

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...And resorts to numbered list.

1. I miss the silence of blogging. Facebook, with all its merits, sometimes feels too crowded.

2. Time is flying by really, really quickly.

3. I don't know why I bother to kemas the books at home. Every time I come home, new piles sprout out of nowhere. On the sofas, the coffee tables, the dining table, the floor. Unfortunately books don't move by themselves.

4. I want to go on a cruise down the Suez Canal, from Port Said to Suez/Port Tawfiq.

5. The other day for Modern SEA class, we had to compile a quick "profile" for a country. I picked Laos because I knew nothing about it. We had to draw the flag, map and national emblem (whoop!) of the assigned country. I miss drawing.

Pensel tumpul. That means (my hand shook while taking the picture).


6. In the second week of sem, we learnt how to convert Hijri dates to Miladi dates. Ugh. Had to do the calculations using the handphone calculator some more! Major hate. I didn't arrive at the correct answer for a couple of the dates.

7. Master's applications. It shouldn't be stressful, but it is, a bit. I have never wanted anything so much in my life.

8. All praises be to Allah who inspired me to take up French lessons once upon a time.

9. Now I feel like working on my 2 presentations, 2 mid term tests and 3 term papers (and pretending the research work doesn't exist). One more crazy hectic week (Allah help us!), then comes the mid-term break (during which I'll sit for my IELTS test, Allah help me).

10. Thank you for reading. I need your du'as!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

[Delayed post] The short sem: Illustrated, with notes

I wrote this during the short sem, but put off publishing it (just because). 

So I'm publishing it now because: 

  1. Iimaan said "kat post yang short sem tu kata nak tulis lebih byk post kan haha". 
  2. Like I said to Leila, I don't want to regret (after UIA) not blogging more about life in UIA while I'm still here. 
  3. I'm trying to ignore the fact that my IELTS speaking test is tomorrow, 10am. My strategy so far: Talk like my future depends on those 11-15 minutes with the examiner. We'll see how that goes. 
  4. I'm tired of thinking about the Jews of modern Egypt. And the prospect of writing up the papers for Modern Arab World and Islamic Civilization. Oh and preparing for the presentation on "Muhammadiyah". Not to mention the deluge of post-mid-sem-break mid-term tests and quizzes.

*               *               * 
Anyway, the post is just a 2-day diary-thing I wrote while doing the literature review for EAW.

Khamis 28 Jun 2012

21:00     Begin online search for journal articles. Read photocopied book chapters/books borrowed from library. 
02:35     First breakthrough (it was that difficult). Immediately gets addicted to the searching.
05:10     Sleep



[My laptop broke down so I had to use my father's].

10:15     Wake up
11:30     Begin online searching and printing articles at ITD computer lab
15:00     Bind the articles at photocopy shop, buy some cake from the bazaar -- there's always some kind of bazaar in UIA, every sem. Buy dinner at HS Cafe
15:25     Reach mahallah. Brunch/tea/snack on some cake [see photo below]. Sleep.



20:20     Wake up. Dinner. Finishes the remaining slice of cake.
21:15     Begin reading printed articles. Make notes along the way.

Jumaat 30 Jun 2012

03:25    Room mate pops in. "Maryam, are you working on an assignment? (So early in the sem?!)" "Yuhhhhh it's EAW, there's so much to do. I have to submit my first draft by the third week yaddayadda" "I know, I took that too." "You did? The English one? You can choose?" (because she's a Qur'an Sunnah major, and IRK peeps usually take the Arabic version of this course). "Yes. It was horrible, I don't want to remember it" And on and on for about five minutes. Then back to the articles. 

[The room-mate in question is now back home in Istanbul, for good. The short sem was her final sem. We really miss her oven, too. She (a) loves cats (b) listens to ABBA and asked for the mp3 files of the Dixie Chicks songs she heard playing from my laptop; which means we have the same taste in music (c) left an Istanbul key-chain on my noticeboard (plus several other household items for us) before she left (d) cooks, bakes, and loves cats. What's not to love?].


04:30     Kölbl, C. & Straub, J. (2001). "Historical consciousness in youth: Theoretical and exemplary empirical analyses."
04:50     Picasa break. Sambung makan nasi + tomyam dinner (See photo below). Birds outside already chirping.
05:15     Resume reading Kölbl & Straub.
05:30     Feeling sleepy.
06:10     Sleep.
 

08:39     Kak Seri calls. "Awak kat mana?" "(Groggily) Kat mahallahla kenapa." "Ada orang bagi pisang, kak Seri buat goreng pisang, nak?" "(Slightly more awake, excited) Nak, nak!" Back to sleep.
Sometime after, somebody else calls. I didn't want to pick up the phone, so I let it ring, and then put it on silent mode.
10:15     Kak Seri arrives at my room! She had to call Najwa to ask where our room was, because I didn't answer her calls or reply her texts (was asleep, phone was silent. Happens all the time). Apparently the bananas didn't turn out well (wrong kind of pisang), so she made cucur ikan bilis. Whatever, I ate them happily. We ate and talked.
12:10     Kak Seri leaves for her weekend class, she's taking a part-time diploma in Education something. I washed my shoes, then resumed reading the endless articles.
13:15     Mixed up ontogeny with ontology while looking up the first word on Google.
14:05     Done with Lee, P (2004). "‘Walking backwards into tomorrow’: Historical consciousness and understanding history." By this point I know that my survey was not going to involve finding out the respondents' historical consciousness orientation based on Rüsen's typology.
Break. Finished reading and making notes from four articles so far.
15:30     Boil eggs (in electric kettle) for sandwich. Continue with reading.
15:50     Sambung makan cucur ikan bilis.
16:33     Finish reading Haeberli (2005). Sees possibility of replicating some parts of his research.
18:50     Dinner with Kak Seri, her class finished (really early) unexpectedly. She bought chicken mandy rice for me, lamb mandy for her. 
19:50     Already feeling drowsy. Forced myself to stay awake (at least until normal bedtime) because I needed to break the up-all-night, sleep-during-the-day cycle. 
21:12     Still reading and making notes, but continuously snacking on honey (liquid candy!) to stay alert.
21:50     Done withh Selwyn (2009)
22:50     Done with Madge et al. (2009). Pleasantly distracted by some Facebook conversations. Felt weird because I was at the same time reading articles/study reports about Facebook in the lives of young adults/college students.
23:05     Begin reading Pempek et al.'s article (2009) from the last paragraph upwards.
23:57     Alhamdulillah, done with all the articles. Three or four have been taken out along the way (unnecessary/not very relevant. Plus, we can only use 10 references max. This is going to be a problem 'cos I've already had eight articles on my list, and about six book waiting to be included. Maybe I can negotiate with the lecturer? I mean, I usually have to use 10 references minimum, so how come it's 10 maximum for this Academic Writing subject? She did say something about not wanting our research to be overwhelmed by previous literature, but still...)

Further notes:

1) Alhamdulillah, I got A for EAW. 
2) Thank you to the 15 girls and 15 guys who participated in the survey. I literally could not have done this without you.
3) I'm not always this hardworking. In fact, most of the time my desk features more food than open books. 
4) I'm dreading the moment when I have to say goodbye to UIA. My heart breaks just thinking about it. 
5) Now back to my Ritz with honey breakfast.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Disorganized student misses blogging

...And resorts to numbered list.

1. I miss the silence of blogging. Facebook, with all its merits, sometimes feels too crowded.

2. Time is flying by really, really quickly.

3. I don't know why I bother to kemas the books at home. Every time I come home, new piles sprout out of nowhere. On the sofas, the coffee tables, the dining table, the floor. Unfortunately books don't move by themselves.

4. I want to go on a cruise down the Suez Canal, from Port Said to Suez/Port Tawfiq.

5. The other day for Modern SEA class, we had to compile a quick "profile" for a country. I picked Laos because I knew nothing about it. We had to draw the flag, map and national emblem (whoop!) of the assigned country. I miss drawing.

Pensel tumpul. That means (my hand shook while taking the picture).


6. In the second week of sem, we learnt how to convert Hijri dates to Miladi dates. Ugh. Had to do the calculations using the handphone calculator some more! Major hate. I didn't arrive at the correct answer for a couple of the dates.

7. Master's applications. It shouldn't be stressful, but it is, a bit. I have never wanted anything so much in my life.

8. All praises be to Allah who inspired me to take up French lessons once upon a time.

9. Now I feel like working on my 2 presentations, 2 mid term tests and 3 term papers (and pretending the research work doesn't exist). One more crazy hectic week (Allah help us!), then comes the mid-term break (during which I'll sit for my IELTS test, Allah help me).

10. Thank you for reading. I need your du'as!