STEM Education: The Malaysian Situation

I’m sorry that I could not come up with a better title. I’m an engineer, not a journalist.* I’m not actually an engineer, though; just a junior in chemical engineering at a top 20 US institution who was born into a family of teachers and wants to come back to Malaysia with a PhD so that she could teach in college. Preferably in English as the language of instruction, although the national language is Bahasa Malaysia.

Why? Because a) I always have been more comfortable expressing myself in English, and b) most technical terms come up in Bahasa Malaysia as modifications of their English counterparts (e.g. termodinamik for thermodynamic), but they sound weird to me because at this point I’ve had eight years of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education in English.

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Losing the Ones You Love

I have to admit that I haven’t lost anyone in my immediate family yet. But last night’s watching How to Train Your Dragon 2 got me inconsolable and thinking what would happen if I’d lose my family in the future. So, today I’d like to talk about death and loss. (Note: spoilers for the movie are bound to occur, so consider yourself warned.)

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Exploration and Serendipity

Exploration (/ˌɛk spləˈreɪ ʃən/): an act of exploring or investigating.*
Serendipity (/ˌsɛr ənˈdɪp ɪ ti/): an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.*

As I am writing this article, I am relaxing in my favorite Nashville hangout – Provence Breads and Café in Hillsboro Village – sipping a marvelous chai latte and blogging after finding out that I forgot to bring the stationery needed to write out my biology homework. That brings me to today’s topic, as indicated in the title.

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The Music in Me, Part Two

Hello again! It’s been a couple of weeks since the last post. To be honest, I don’t really remember what my music history is like since 2010, because it’s all a haze of school and college and getting reacquainted with anime and everything else in between. I’ll try my best, however. As in the previous installment, I will be providing Spotify or YouTube links for your listening pleasure.

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The Music in Me

I’d planned this one for quite a while, but never got around to actually writing, of course. I was going to talk about my favorite music over the years, from Malaysian contemporary pop to Finnish alternative rock and everything in between. Spotify links will be available in this edition of 1223, because I’m pretty sure you’re curious about my history of music.

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Starting Anew.

No, I am not going to delete this blog. I do realize I haven’t posted for five weeks. I may post here on a more sporadic basis now, so I do feel sorry about that.

Right now I’m a week into my first semester as a junior at Vanderbilt. I’m also a student VUceptor and am planning to continue the research I did this summer; hopefully it will end up in an Honors in Chemical Engineering. Right now I’m in the midst of working on a poster for a presentation session next Monday. Due to my VUcept training commitments and post-Eid fatigue and overall stress (I won’t have any major breaks until October!), I’d been putting off some important analysis until last week when classes started again on Wednesday.

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