My Interview Experiences

This is about scholarship interviews, not job interviews.
Salaam and Hi. 

First of all, let me explain a bit about one of the reasons why I decided to re-blog again. Since I received my SPM results about three months ago, I applied for a lot of scholarships. I simply applied for every scholarship that was up on the websites. Well, probably not all, but most of them. Name it, I bet you got them right. I am not here to brag about my scholarship applications, but I wanna jot down every single thing that I still remember about them. Furthermore, if possible, I want juniors out there to read my blog if someday they are looking for interview experiences. 
So, do recommend my blog to any SPM candidates out there! :D 

Truth to be said, I did attend many interviews [because most of my applications were accepted]. 
*and I can imagine someone probably smirking right in front of the computer now*

But...
Nope, I am turned down by a lot of them. Haha. Do you see here? I am not that fantabulous person that succeeds to get all the scholarships I applied for. Yet, people still like to give bad comments. "Eh, kau bukan straight A+ ke? Tak kan tak boleh dapat kot?", "Laa, tu pun tak berjaya?" etc etc. My point here is Yes, I applied for a lot of scholarships. Yes, I attended a lot of interviews.

But,
Nope, I don't get all the offers. Not even half of the interviews I've attended.

Of course I am disappointed for certain scholarships that I was freaking hoping for, but never mind though, Allah must have the reasons behind it all. Anyhoo, giving those bad comments is just making me feel like a loser.

However, it doesn't mean that I ain't qualified enough to talk about those I experienced. Right? 
I somehow feel duty-bound to share about my experiences.


For the records,
1. These are the interviews+educamps I have personally attended:
*Bank Negara (BNM)*
*MNRB*
*Sunway College*
*Zakat Selangor / JAIS*
*MARA*
*PETRONAS*
*TENAGA NASIONAL BERHAD (TNB)*
*JAD (Yayasan Pelajaran MARA)*
*ExxonMobil (Esso)*
*Khazanah Stage 1*
*Asean Scholarship Stage 1*

2. And these are the ones I applied for, but didn't even get called / hear any news asking me to go for an interview:
*Telekom (YTM)*
*Felda*
*Suruhanjaya Sekuriti (SC)* 
*MEXT - Japanese Gov [I didn't learn Japanese back in high school while they prefer students who know Japanese. So, to those who have learnt Japanese before, do apply!]*
*Axiata [I forgot to write the essay, my bad! It was part of the requirements. Haha.]*

****At the moment, I've finished writing half of my interview experiences. 
You can check them out here :

P/S : Don't get me wrong. This post is exactly not for showing off. Emphasize on that. 
Instead you should take it as something that inspires you to work harder, juniors! 
Feel free to ask me anything. 
Good luck, may God be with you always :)


73 comments:

  1. dalam banyak-banyak scholars tu,scholars mana yang awak dapat selain Petronas?

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    1. Alhamdulillah dapat TNB, JADYPM and Mara jugak. Dapat Bursary juga tapi yang tu tak payah interview.

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    2. MARA tu dapat course apa and negara mana? TNB pulak dapat course apa? sorry banyak tanya

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    3. TNB dapat electrical engineering dekat US. JADYPM electrical engineering jugak, but dekat Jepun. Hmmm, Mara tu yang sangat menyedihkan for me. Mintak medic Jordan, tapi tah kenapa dia bagi offer buat dkt Newcastle Uni dekat Johor. Pelik sebab tak letak langsung Newcastle tu as my choice in case tak dapat my first choice (which was Jordan).

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    4. wahhhh. then akak pilih yg mana?

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    5. salam kak. :)

      kak ambil scholarship petronas ke? A level or foundation kat mana? bursary tolak ke? apa pendapat akak tentang bursary? wajar ambil ke tak?

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    6. Wasalam. Hello! :)

      Yup... kita ambik petronas hehe. Buat American Degree Program (ADP) dekat Taylor's unversity dulu. Tolak bursary sebab impian kita cuma nak buat medic dekat jordan je. Tak tahu kenapa, tapi kecintaan dengan bahasa arab and tanah arab tinggi sangat hihi. Bursary offer gi UK/Ireland je pulak untuk medic. Mara pulak kena reject walaupun dah buat rayuan dua kali... Hmm.
      Tapi yang lawak tu, petronas offer gi us hehe. Entahlah, rezeki :)

      Bursary? Course yang awak minat ada dalam offer tu tak? Kalau ada, proceed lah. Tapi my suggestion, try apply sponsorship lain dulu... Sebab bursary ni offer dia bukak sampai Jun kan? So, try apply biasiswa lain dulu.. Biasiswa lain semua paling lambat tahu pun, awal bulan May. So kalau tak dapat, proceed lah dengan bursary... Alert dengan deadline apply bursary! Try je apply scholarship lain, kita pun tak tahu rezeki kita dkt mana.
      P/s: Nanti kalau dpt mana2, bgtahu lah ye :)

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  2. Salam. yang pasal MEXT-Japanese Gov. requirement dia terhadap penguasaan bahasa jepun tu yang pada tahap mana ?

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    1. Wasalam. Hi! :)

      Rasanya asalkan dapat read and write tulisan jepun tu dah okay dah. Kalau you're from boarding school (preferably sbp) lagi okay, sebab kan bahasa jepun ditawarkan dkt sekolah kan? So ada japanese test efficiency yang students kena ambil tu, kalau ada yg tu lagi bagus. Sebab boleh attachkan certificate exam tu dengan application form sekali.

      Plus, my friends yang ada certificate tu memang dapat pergi interview MEXT. A bonus, i would say. Kalau sekolah tak offer, boleh jugak ambik test ni dekat luar, sendiri

      Hope this helps!

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  3. Thanks a lot akak. Im gonna attend for exxonmobil interview this weekend. Your blog helped a lot. Thanks again. Haha

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  4. Salam, nak tanya yang MEXT-Japanese Gov. tu bleh start applying bila ye?

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    1. Wasalam.

      Selalunya lepas result spm keluar, dalam seminggu tu, check2 lah website2 scholarship ni semua. Diaorg akan start bukak application time2 tu.

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  5. s/alaikum...I see yu have ability to organize and express yur ideas in a ell-manner, so did yu attend language courses outside in English spoken countries? treema casih

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    1. Waalaikumsalam. I've been staying in Malaysia all my life but I just started my undergraduate studies in US about four months ago. Hmm, not trying to be humble or anything, but I dont think I'm good in writing but still, thank you for your kind words :)
      P/s: I like to read English novels ;)

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  6. Boleh tahu tak markah koko akak dulu brapa? :)

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    1. Aishh... Hehe. Segan je. 8 out of 10. Cukup2 makan je.. Kita tak hebat pun.

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  7. Let's say if seseorang dapat one scholarship offer and accepts it,then after a few months(or weeks) s/he receives another scholar and want to accept it,it is really possible?

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    1. Hello hello :) Possible je sebenarnya. But lets say that within a month from the time where you have accepted the scholarship and signed all the agreements with your sponsor, suddenly you got another offer (which happens to offer you the course you really wanted to do - medic ke contohnya. #Ehh ). At the same time, you have already enrolled in the pre-U program yang your sponsor tu tawarkan. So kalau you nak tukar sponsor, boleh je. Tapi you kena bayar balik tuition fees untuk pre-U program yang sponsor you dah bayarkan untuk you. Or in other words, you kena bayar balik everything that your sponsor has paid for you till the day you terminate the contract. Kalau dah fikir betul2 and you don't mind paying for it, then do proceed.

      Hope this helps!

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  8. Rasa-rasanya koko beri effect tak untuk dapatkan scholarships?

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    1. Hmm tak sure sbnrnya. But i would say perlu ada, cuma tak perlu banyak2 pun. Satu dua cukup.

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  9. Nak tanya kak, akak straight A + eh? Congratsss eventhough this is pretty damn late ahakz. But yang bursary tu takyah inteview? Terus dpt offer? And petronas dpt offer apa ?

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    1. Hihi. Alhamdulillah, rezeki Allah bagi.. Terima kasih ya :)

      Bursary automatic dapat. Cuma kena isi borang nak mintak masuk buat preparation dekat college mana lepastu hntr within deadline.

      Petronas Alhamdulillah dapat Petroleum engineering buat dekat us..

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  10. Kak miza, yang application mara tu kan, boleh x klu first choice letak medic but the second choice i put account?or dia kena letak first choice medic and the second one is medic too?if i put medic and account my application akan dipertimbangkan x?

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    1. Sorry... Lambat sangat ke kita reply? Sorry again! Anyway, no. You can put different course as a second choice, tak effect pun.. :)

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  11. Can I ask? How do you improve your english skills seems that you good at both writing and speaking?....I'm just an average person who can write in just ordinary or average person in Malaysia could but since then I just want to improve my speaking skills too. So how was it because I really want to pursue my studies overseas...

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    1. Hmm, I'm not that good actually..
      But basically, you need to speak in that language. if you have no one to talk to in english, then talk to yourself. Basically try to think IN english.

      I also like to watch American or British TV shows. And, try to do that WITHOUT having to depend on the subtitles. Try to familiarize your ears to the language.

      Third, I read english comics, because although they dont use proper english, but it's the conversational english that everyone uses daily. No one use formal english in speaking.

      Fourth, I blog.

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  12. why didn't you apply for jpa ? And could it be possible for JPA to call u for an interview even though u apply for mara? thanks

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    1. Which JPA are you referring to? If it's bursary, then I got bursary as it is a scholarship that is automatically given. If you mean the biasiswa jpa, then the answer is because I was planning to do Medic. But, I ONLY wanted to do medic in Jordan (God, you have no idea how much I love this country). Jpa did not offer medic at my time; mara & bursary were the only scholarships that offered medicine at that time. So, bursary only gives a few countries, which are UK, US, NZ/Aussie and Ireland. And I had no interest in doing medic in any of those countries. Haha call me weird ;)

      Yeahhh its possible.

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    2. Orait then. But fr bursary, they gonna supprt us until we fly? Or do we need to go thourgh an interview only then they supprt us? Or during the prep, we need to pass the pointer given and so only they supprt us? Ke mcm mana?

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    3. I think bursary will only support your Pre-university studies. After that, you need to get a placement offer from a university, then apply for another scholarship from JPA for your degree (which includes attending an interview).

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  13. Assalamualikum.. from what u 'blog' about. i can say that u r genius..am i right? i just wanna ask u 4 a du'a.. i would be attend mara interview soon...wish me luck n pray 4 me..i preferred medic in ireland..n somehow, gudluck wif ur study n stay go 4 it!

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    1. Waalaikumsalam.

      InsyaAllah I will pray for you. Do your best on the interview, and let Allah take care of the rest... :) Thank you!

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  14. ASSALAMUALAIKUM akak ,

    akak nak tanya , medic dlm MARA susah tak nk dpt ? sye nak sgt2 scholarship nie sbenarnyaa . tp , org slalu ckp klau mohon medic susah nk lpas . ap pandangan akak ?


    pastu , contoh klau utk medic nie interview tak lpas , dia ade tak nk offer utk 2nd choice kite . mcm sye 2nd choice sye accont . die nk tak tawar kan yg 2nd choice tuu klau 1st choice sye yg medic tuu tak lpas ?

    sye dri dulu naaak sgt blajar overseas . thats why . thanks akak .

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  15. assalamualaikum akak ,

    wahhh , bestnyaaa stret a+ . tahiniah !

    akak , sye nk tanya kos medic dlm mara mmg susah ehh nk dpt scholarship ? sbb rmai yg ckp mcm tuu ?


    then klau contoh 2nd choice kite accont kan . seandainya lahh interview mara dlm medic tak lpas die nk tawarkan tak utk 2nd choice kite tu ?


    pastu2 , akak tahu tak mara nk brape org scholar dlm medic and acount ?


    thanks akak . doakan sye lpas interview nnt dlm mse terdekat . sye naaak sgt mara nie . thankss again .

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    1. Waalaikumsalam.. Hello :)

      Hehe terima kasih..
      Takdelah susah pun sbnrnya nak dpt scholarship mara.. Tapi persaingan ramai sangat, and kuota scholarship yang dia bagi takdelah banyak sangat. So, lagi ramai yang apply tahun tu, lagi tinggi la persaingan.

      Nanti leh buat rayuan kalau x dapat. Leh je mintak course second tuh.

      Hehe tak tahu dik... ;)

      InsyaAllah.. Goodluck! Jangan cuak sangat time interview.. 10 minit tu je la masa yang ada nak buktikan kamu mampu. So buat betul2 okayhhh~~

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  16. salam kak! tahniah dpt straight A+ :D nak tny sikit, selalunya MARA ni proses iv dia menggunakan bahasa apa ye?

    and markah utk psychometric test atau mana mana comp based test, does it effect our application for any scholarships? tq (:

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    1. Waalaikumsalam. Tu cerita lama hahah tp terima kasih.

      Interview selalunya english lah.. Prepare for both english and malay. Kengkadang dia saja nak tanya bahasa Melayu.

      Time kita, mara takde buat psychology test ni, so Im not sure... Tapi selalunya benda tu tak penting sangat pun kot. Jawab je consistent and honest.

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  17. Akak accept petronas before kluar result mara ke? Kalau dah accept petronas and then dpt mara blh quit x petronas tu? Ada penalty apa2 x?

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    1. Yup. Result petronas keluar dua minggu awal before interview mara lagi.. Eventhough kita dah accept petronas time tu, tapi kita still pergi hadir interview mara sebab nak cuba nasib. Kalau x cuba, mana tahu kan dpt ke tak? Hihi.

      Kalau dah accept petronas, boleh je nak tolak pastu ambik mara. Ada orang tanya soalan sama dulu, basically ni jawapan kita dkt dia:
      Possible je sebenarnya. But lets say that within a month from the time where you have accepted the scholarship and signed all the agreements with your sponsor, suddenly you got another offer (which happens to offer you the course you really wanted to do - medic ke contohnya. #Ehh ). At the same time, you have already enrolled in the pre-U program yang your sponsor tu tawarkan. So kalau you nak tukar sponsor, boleh je. Tapi you kena bayar balik tuition fees untuk pre-U program yang sponsor you dah bayarkan untuk you. Or in other words, you kena bayar balik everything that your sponsor has paid for you till the day you terminate the contract. Kalau dah fikir betul2 and you don't mind paying for it, then do proceed.

      Hope this helps!

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    2. Wahh thanks akak! Btw, okay x akak under petronas ni sbb saya dpt offer tp kat australia

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    3. haha dah agak dah... Tahniah! Alhamdulillah under petronas okay. Allowance pun yang paling tinggi antara semua sponsor hahaha. So tinggal study hard je lah, maintain cgpa okay? Honestly although kita mcm suka medic, sebab membesar tengok drama2 yang pasal Emergency room, life of a doctor, hospital environment mcm tu, tapi bila dah belajar pasal petroleum engineering ni, best pulak! So alhamdulillah, takde regret ambik Petronas :)

      Awak dapat accountancy ke engineering? Haha kalau kita jumpa bbrp tahun akan dtg, tegur kita k! lol. Jangan jadi anonymous lagi. Anyways, you're welcome.

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  18. thank you kak miza :) situation saya mcm nak sama dgn akak. saya apply medic utk mara tp petronas dpt chemical engineering. so tgh mempertimbangkan offer tu laa. btw, blog akak seriously helped me a lot to attend the interviews. thanks a lot! haha insyaallah saya tegur nnti :)

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  19. may i know any of your friends blogs who received the securities commission scholarship?

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    1. Hello. I don't have any friends that received the SC scholarship. Sorry couldnt help much!

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  20. hi kak :) nak tanya dulu akak dri spm terus further degree kat ovseas ke ?
    or akak going through diploma kat malaysia dulu ?

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    1. Hello!
      Kita apply scholarship guna result SPM. Then, mostly scholarship akan suruh buat program persediaan (pre-U prog) dalam setahun-dua dkt Malaysia before dapat fly. Tak leh nak cakap diploma sbb takde sijil pun.

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  21. hi i have a question.im really bad in my maths but i want to do engineering.advise please.thanks

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    1. Math needs a lot of practice if you don't really get the concept. You can definitely do engineering. Go for it!

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  22. Salam akak..saya pelajar ulangan spm..if result ulangan cmerlang bolehkah saya still apply scholarship untuk pre med..and adakah faktor umur dikira...9.2.2015..tlong reply

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    1. Rasanya takde masalah.. Selalunya dia akan bagi range dalam setahun tua or setahun muda. As in, biasiswa ini layak untuk mereka yang berumur 17-18 tahun... So kalau awak umur 18 tahun ni, ok je! Goodluck, insyaAllah boleh :)

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  23. Assalam akak..saya nk tanya akak buat asasi ke a-level? N syarat nk buat a-level dlm engineering brapa A dlm spm kak?Tq kak...reply eh:)

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    1. Wasalam.. Kita dulu buat ADP (American Degree Prog). Boleh baca sini:
      http://mizafirzana.blogspot.com/2013/03/american-degree-program-adp.html

      Omg tak sure Alevel kena berapa A... You mean under scholarship ke tak? Kalau under scholarship, kena ikut sponsor tu nak berapa la time apply scholarship dia. :)

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  24. Assalammualaikum, kak mirza, maybe akak x kenal kite, tapi kite kenal akak, kite junior alumni intersaber* fresh baru kuar and yeah kite xenonian,,huhu,,kk,, actually, kite nak tanya benda yang kite sbrnanya x berapa nak faham. kite isi upu tu kan x terikat ngan ape2 scholarship kan? and kalau kite apply scholarship, n kalau kite dapat scholarship tu,, die la kan yang tentukan kite buat kat mne and amek ape? termasuk kalau nak smbg luar negara?, and mcmne pulak ngan A-level, IB semua tu,, tu kite apply sndri utk amik benda tu ke or through scholarship?,, itula yang membuatkan saya x brapa faham..harap kak mirza boleh terangkan.thanks:D

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    1. Kenal je hahaha.
      - Yes, UPU tak terikat dengan scholarship
      - Yup, sponsor yang tetapkan belajar mana. Tapi time apply, boleh pilih nak apply kursus apa.. Dia takkan main bagi je. Kita yang boleh pilih. Tapi untuk mara, boleh pilih sendiri tempat belajar sekali. Dia bagi option sikit.
      - Scholarship time apply awal2 lagi dia dah tanya nak luar negara ke dalam negara. Based on apa yang kita pilihla.
      - Alevel IB semua tu, kalau nak bayar sendiri. then apply sendiri dekat website university tu. Tapi kalau nak guna scholarship, then kena apply scholarship la. Berbalik dktjawapan kita kat atas ni, kalau schoarship mara, time isi borang biasiswa tu boleh pilih sendiri. Kalau apply scholarship dari company cam petronas, tnb, Suruhanjaya committee, boleh pilih kursus apa je kamu nak. negara mana dia yang akan tentukan.
      Nak tahu Alevel, IB tu apa, kita tak ambik so kita tak sure sgt. Ni untuk ADP:
      http://mizafirzana.blogspot.com/2013/03/american-degree-program-adp.html

      Apply je semua scholarship yang ada skrg. Check website ni.
      http://www.malaysiascholarships.my/
      Or google la "scholarship spm 2015". Dia ada bagi link scholarship2 semua. Then, baca la company tu nak apa/ requirement untuk apply scholarship dia apa. Kalau ada soalan2 lagi, facebook message je kita eh. Kalau kita leh tolong, kita tolong :)

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  25. Hi there, I have a question. After you apply for the scholarships, and if your lucky, when will they call you for the next stage?? Roughly april, may, june?? When was your interview? Thank you.

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    1. It's two weeks after the application deadline, usually. Sorry for late reply!

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  26. Thank you for sharing your experience. It's worth reading :3
    You gain a new follower. :D

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  27. Mybe i really wasnt meant to share my opinion here (sigh) hmm i just wrote so many things to talk about but suddenly they went missing. uuuhhhhhh. okbye. sorry.

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  28. What happened during bank negara scholarship interview? it would be so nice if you share bout that too. :)

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  29. asalamualaikum akak.. saya nak tanya pasal pengalaman akak interview untuk sunway college yang akak pernah attend tu. boleh share kan pengalaman akak?.. sebab saya ada dapat juga interview untuk sunway college tu and really need more explanation regarding this interview. terima kasih.

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  30. Hi, i was wondering what kokorikulum activities did you do in school and college? And was it at national level? Also, did you make it to the khazanah scholarship interview? Thank you

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  31. Assalamualaikum sis.
    First and foremost, congratulation and a big wow to you since you have been receiving the best result for your SPM and also your massive effort regarding writing this blog which is very useful for students to do some researches. My question is, do you know any scholarships that use spm trial examination results as the qualification for the scholarship other than MNRB, yayasan khazanah and so on? Cause I'm now waiting for my SPM result which will be out around a month from now. Thanks you sis :) btw, good job and good luck ! :)

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  32. Hi Miza. Do u have email where i can contact u personally? I was introduced to u by my uni mate, Heda Badrina who are currently working at SLB Denver. I have something to ask u. Thanks.

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    1. Hello. Sure, my email is firzanabasir@gmail.com

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  33. Salam. I just wanna ask why did u choose petronas over tnb scholarship? My brother is having a hard time right now coz he has to choose between the two scholarships both for mechanical engineering. For petronas, as far as i know there no bond with them which means the student might not get a job with petronas after degree but there's 7 years bond with tnb after the degree. So, as a petronas scholar, what do u think.about this? Are u planning to continue with ur masters later in the US or come back to malaysia and find a job here? Thanks!

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  34. Kak miza u are so inpiring

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