今天我学到了一些东西

你想要的东西越多,

你失去的东西多.

学会珍惜你拥有的东西,then it will be enough for you. 

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Don’t Regret

Don’t regret

Right now I been really lazy and cruising through my summer holidays.
Its not good. somedays I feel damn sian.

But I am reminded not to regret my Thesis

I’m glad I chosen a good advisor
A good fieldsite
People who teach me new things and make me break out of my comfort zone everything I go there.

A HT which allows me to make a lot of new friends, learn a lot of new things, and truly understand the lives of others.

Every little counts as my little contribution to society as well.

 

 

I need to give it the attention it deserves, because it has given me a lot already.

The more I put into it, the more I will get back.
Even if i get nothing back, give it my all.

What I learn from ge2101 and ge4219

Well, I do have two more papers on the 6th and 7th of May before I get my 3 month summer break.

Between now and summer I have to sit for two more exams
GE2101 methods and GE4219 Eco-Developments in Southeast Asia

I do feel a bit saturated about studying and I just wanted to reflect a bit on both modules.

What I learn from GE2101

I did methods at a time where I already decided on my methodology for my HT, and because I am intending to use 2/3 rather unconventional methods, the takeaway from ge2101 is slightly less. I can’t help but feel that it is a bit too mechanical and try for me. it is about applying and remembering the pros and cons of each methods and when to use what.

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from this module is a consultation with prof Yeung.
To which he told me, “5 years from now, who cares what grades you got on this assignment, it won’t matter, but I hope at the end of this course I can teach you to be a bit more confident and to know what you are doing “

Being a student, especially during exam periods, I tend to hear this sentence being said millions of times, i myself have said it, and that is:
“your grades don’t define you, don’t define what you learnt, maybe it just shows how exam smart you are” etc… 

I wholeheartedly agree with this statement.

But what I cannot accept are people who said this when obviously they have been slacking the entirely semester. 
For these people, their grades define them, it is a reflection of their laziness or lack of effort in the modules. 

For people who really tried their best, yes, the grades don’t define them, their conscience should already tell them that,
and its okay to be disappointed with themselves or their results.

As the saying from Samuel Beckett goes: Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.again. Fail better.

The other thing I learnt from my grandfather is that he would often remind me that “as a student, my only job is to learn well”

and i adjusted my studying philosophy to:  if you learnt well, you will do well

So for Goddfrey Yeung GE2101, no matter how awful I feel regarding the mechanical contents of this course, I shall just do my best.

Whatever grades won’t matter in five years time, or even at this time next year, but for now, I must try my best :)

Sometimes, grades matter, for me, because a better honors might get me a better salary and prospects, I have to keep trying.
Whatever the outcome, if it is my best efforts, then there is nothing to complain about.

 

 

What I learnt from GE4219

Ge4219 by prof Savage was really one of the highlights of the semester, it was a seminar class, but it was a really relaxed seminar

Every week all you need to do is show up and just enjoy the stories/lectures/jokes. I don’t think you can ever find another 4000 module that is as enjoyable.
I learnt a lot from prof Savage, ever since year 1, he is a good presenter with a lot of life experiences.

If ever in the future, I could deliver a lecture half as good as him, I would be very happy.
It was a fair and reasonable workload as well :)
I must admit that if i don’t do well, its probably because I didn’t do most of the readings.
But since last week I have decided I will also try to do my best for this module, more of which is that
its prof Savage last module, I don’t want to give him smokebombs or lousy answers in the exams, I really don’t.

Considering that he has been so kind to my essays both in level 2 and level 4.

I hope to produce at least 2 reasonably good answers on Tuesday evening.

 

I guess from this two modules, I came to a realization that:

Sometimes its not about the content of the course, its about the content of the professors’ character and how they treat the content and how they treat students and what I can learn from them.   This is being said in a semester where a lot of my friends had to undergo a very bad module, which I almost took.

Goddfrey is always kind and enthusiastic in trying to teach us methods
and Savage is kind and always prompt with his email replies, although he does like to boast a little.

38 hours more of studying to go, keep your chin up.

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Shoulda Woulda Coulda by Shel Silverstein

All the woulda-coulda-shouldas
Layin’ in the sun,
Talkin’ ‘bout the things
They woulda-coulda-shouldas done …
But those woulda-coulda-shouldas
All ran away and hid
From one little did.

Re calibrating schoolwork

ImageAt this point in my academic life, I have already done up to five semester worth of coursework.

Thanks to Cal Newport and constantly encountering good teachers.
I have been able to do relatively well.
However NUS have devised a way to make sure that one is really up to the task.
And that is if you do want to be a first class honors, you do need a final A-/A in your honors thesis project.

Thats a pretty fair deal, and one that makes me slightly doubtful of my own abilities.

I sometimes wonder if I would have a first class GPA but not a first class honors.

But these recognition are just that, they might tell you a bit about me but it does not tell you all about me.

Right now at this point I have to do another 10 modules + my HT.
I am currently doing 5 modules and that leaves me with a HT  + 5 modules (GeogthotA + random geog mod + 3 unrestricted electives).
Within these eleven modules, all I need is 5 B, 5 B+ and a final A-
and I can still achieve my goals,  when I list it out like that, it seems too calculated, too methodological. And I might even Jinx myself.

I sometimes feel that I am doing it wrong but I know I’m not. of my 27 modules taken, 3 or 4 of them were awful but the rest of them were taught by some of the best teachers/geographers/philosophers/ literature profs I known.

Something its wrong when I start to feel this way.
A+ = good job
A = expected
A- = screwed
B+ = badly screwed

I just returned from UNC and last semester I did well, beyond my expectations but I felt like I was shortchanged, when I wasn’t

I remember when I just entered school and all I wanted was to get B+ and everything above B+ is a gift and I need to be thankful, and that I am on a free education to be able to study what I like for 4 years of my life. And I should be thankful i get to learn under such good professors (most of them).

I need to expect less, and give even more in my work.
I need to be more grateful and more gracious

it’ll be good

Dreams

It’s never ever easy to give up one dream for another.
But It can be done with the support of all your loved ones.