Quarter Life Crisis: Opening Up the Light at the End of the Tunnel

My 21st birthday is less than 5 months away, and I’ve been going through a stage in my life where I have been doubting myself and the decisions that I’m making. This semester has been particularly tough for me, and it has to do with looking for internships, taking challenging classes, debating whether I should stay or leave the States for the summer… but you may have read that from my blog post four weeks ago. Lately I’ve also been debating whether I should abandon the pursuit I had been on since freshman year and go on to a related but completely different track.

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A Note of Apology

I’m terribly sorry, 12-23 readers, but I really wanted to write something for this week but failed to come up with a substantial idea. Not only that, one of my typing fingers is currently out of commission so it would not be advisable for me to write terribly long paragraphs until it recovers.

I’ll be sure to post again as soon as possible! – N

A Summertime Dilemma

Hello again. I’ve actually been spending the entire day pandering to my newest obsession (Good Mythical Morning, a YouTube talk show hosted by best friends and Internetainers Rhett and Link) and figuring out a résumé redesign for one of my classes. Right now I’m listening to the soundtrack from one of my all-time favorite musicals (the 2012 Les Mis film) while thinking of my summer prospects this year.

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Representing Malaysia, 140 Characters at a Time

First of all, a little housekeeping announcement: For 2015, I have decided to write on TWELVEtwenty-three at least once a fortnight in accordance with one of my new year’s resolutions (which for some reason also include getting an iPhone 6 and planning a trip to Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts). I had an interesting first week of the spring semester of my junior year, made even more so by a Twitter subculture called Rotation Curation.

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Annus Mirabilis

This is my last post of the year 2014, the first year I’ve picked up blogging again since abandoning it due to school commitments back in 2011. I feel that I’ve matured somewhat, as for most of the second half of the year is also the beginning of my third decade in life. I’ve discovered so many things about myself and explored areas of knowledge that I would not have expected to at the beginning of the year. I will explore what made 2014 my annus mirabilis.

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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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