[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.

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

  1. sekejap kan masa berlalu... :)unfortunately time is running really fast... btw maryam, good luck for tomorrow ielts!!! gambatte!

  2. Oh man, such nocturnalness! (Nocturnality? Something?) I am quite struggling to get back into any kind of hardworking-mode. In working life you can totally afford to be lazy outside of the office. Whereas in student life, I don't *have* an office (dislike working in the studio so I work at home).

    On weekdays I've been really good at sleeping early and waking up early, but come this weekend, sleep agaklah early tapi bangun lambaaaat (due to various circumstances including 'cuti uzur' and rain/cold. I completely understand the productivity of working at night (best. it's so quiet), masa A-Level final exams dulu I studied alone: start after isya', tido lepas subuh, but it took a toll on my health.

    And now, Mondays are my studio days and I have so very little to show tomorrow and kena tebalkan muka & kumpulkan courage to hadirkan diri and present jugak at weekly crit with the group. Macam harapanlah nak jadi among those yang idea (& execution) hebat2 with lots of comments from the tutor (sebab there's lots on the wall to begin with), yadda yadda. It always turns out to be more on surviving the course than anything else. ~_~

    Toodles! Panjang pulak my complaints, sorry! Have fun with IELTS, it goes pretty quickly.

  3. Btw, honey! Such a good idea. My goal is not to snack on things like coklat or cookies anymore. So far it's been fruits, but honey / with biskut sounds acceptable. :D

  4. Kak Sal, thanks!

    Aneesah,
    I totally hooted at your "such nocturnalness! (Nocturnality? Something?)" I dunno, either. Kalau "nocturnalism" bunyi macam disease pulak.

    And...I always find it hard to adjust my working mood lepas a long break (sebab kat rumah I do manual labour, not thinking stuff). So far I've noticed that in student life, benda yang kecik-kecik tu makes all the difference. Macam reading something extra instead of sambung tidur on weekends, or spending some time to plan for the next assignment. Or else, memang the whole thing turns into a "survival thing". (I have been there SO MANY TIMES).

    But for hard-core-torture courses like Architecture, maybe you don't have much choice but to survive first, fikir about the rest later?

    I wish I could snack on fruits more often, tapi beli buah pun bila ada pasar malam (and even then, bila rasa rajin nak angkut bags of fruits back to the mahallah!).

    Your long comments are eternally welcome here ^__^

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.

4 comments:

Salbiyah Rahmat said...

sekejap kan masa berlalu... :)unfortunately time is running really fast... btw maryam, good luck for tomorrow ielts!!! gambatte!

Aneesah said...

Oh man, such nocturnalness! (Nocturnality? Something?) I am quite struggling to get back into any kind of hardworking-mode. In working life you can totally afford to be lazy outside of the office. Whereas in student life, I don't *have* an office (dislike working in the studio so I work at home).

On weekdays I've been really good at sleeping early and waking up early, but come this weekend, sleep agaklah early tapi bangun lambaaaat (due to various circumstances including 'cuti uzur' and rain/cold. I completely understand the productivity of working at night (best. it's so quiet), masa A-Level final exams dulu I studied alone: start after isya', tido lepas subuh, but it took a toll on my health.

And now, Mondays are my studio days and I have so very little to show tomorrow and kena tebalkan muka & kumpulkan courage to hadirkan diri and present jugak at weekly crit with the group. Macam harapanlah nak jadi among those yang idea (& execution) hebat2 with lots of comments from the tutor (sebab there's lots on the wall to begin with), yadda yadda. It always turns out to be more on surviving the course than anything else. ~_~

Toodles! Panjang pulak my complaints, sorry! Have fun with IELTS, it goes pretty quickly.

Aneesah said...

Btw, honey! Such a good idea. My goal is not to snack on things like coklat or cookies anymore. So far it's been fruits, but honey / with biskut sounds acceptable. :D

Me said...

Kak Sal, thanks!

Aneesah,
I totally hooted at your "such nocturnalness! (Nocturnality? Something?)" I dunno, either. Kalau "nocturnalism" bunyi macam disease pulak.

And...I always find it hard to adjust my working mood lepas a long break (sebab kat rumah I do manual labour, not thinking stuff). So far I've noticed that in student life, benda yang kecik-kecik tu makes all the difference. Macam reading something extra instead of sambung tidur on weekends, or spending some time to plan for the next assignment. Or else, memang the whole thing turns into a "survival thing". (I have been there SO MANY TIMES).

But for hard-core-torture courses like Architecture, maybe you don't have much choice but to survive first, fikir about the rest later?

I wish I could snack on fruits more often, tapi beli buah pun bila ada pasar malam (and even then, bila rasa rajin nak angkut bags of fruits back to the mahallah!).

Your long comments are eternally welcome here ^__^