Sunday, January 27, 2013

So it's been awhile..

so it took me almost 2 years to get back writing here.
kinda forgot abt this blog.
soo fast forward into the present, freshman year passed, and sophomore year came.

it went from this..

to this.

alhamdulillah, without realizing it, i'm already into my second year and just jumped into Junior year(credit wise).
if all goes to plan biiznillah, i'll be in my Senior year this fall and starting Master's class next spring.
everything's fine and dandy, and to be honest, it's awesome here. and a lot of people, are missing out on the fun here and a lot of those who come to visit RPI are kinda wondering why they didnt consider getting into RPI at first.

dont want to go into details, but if you're applying to any university, be sure to look into RPI. it's awesome here.

oh and if you're coming to RPI, Apik is excited to drive you around. :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Sense of Belonging

it's been two months since i arrived at RPI, and I am FINALLY fitting into the society.
to change from a British education system into an American education system is A LOT to take in..
the difference is super big.
this past week has really made me feel comfortable being around Americans
even though i was a debater back in Malaysia, speaking to an American is not the same
it takes a lot of getting used to the pronunciations and accents.
i have to kinda go through how to pronounce things before i actually say something

today, i feel like an American Student.(not an American. haha)
first of all, i managed to actually make an appointment and talk to the writing center to help with my writing. i realized, that is the best thing one could do. i actually brainstormed with the assistant on how to tackle my essay and alhamdulillah, i managed to finish it in less than 2.5 hours (including research). reaching out to people who know and actually asking for advice really made my work a lot better in terms of quality. sometimes u just gotta let ur ego down, be brave and reach out.

before i came to america, i made a promise not to stick with my clans and to socialize with americans. apparently, today have made me realized that i am finally a part of their community (lol). before this, i am kinda hesitant on how to approach these people and i kinda avoided a lot of conversations. i've put a poker face on and just be brave enough to speak out in class and just be part of the class. now im getting friends to say hi and chat with me on facebook, even text.

i am also currently reaching out to the sustainability task force and trying to work with them to solve composting solutions at RPI and troy.
i dont think i'd get that experience anywhere else.

well, i wouldnt say that this is a HUGE DEAL when it comes to interacting with americans as a second language user. but this is a stepping stone to bigger networking opportunities that i am planning to explore
i hope that i could go as far as even getting an interview insyaAllah..

in Allah lies all the strength.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

a holiday is a holiday

if u've heard all those people having classes on weekends, and classes at night.. even exams on holidays..
well, no such thing at RPI. :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

studying Web Programming while eating free famous amos at the study lounge.
alhamdulillah. this is fun :D

Monday, October 3, 2011

students driving porsche 911 Turbo and Hummer H2s to class, yerp that's RPI.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Career Opportunities.

here's a little something from RPI that i find most interesting.
in the one month+ that i've been at RPI, i have gotten A LOT of emails on job opportunities
companies just love to recruit from RPI.
apparently our alumni has a really good track record

friday is gonna be career day. since i dont have a suit and i'm a freshman, i dont think i'll be going.
however, let me just tell you about invitations and job opportunities that i have been getting in my inbox.

  1. DotCIO’s MultiMedia Services – Student Programmer
  2. The Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center - IT Support and Operations
  3. Motalen Inc – Video Game Testing (I signed up for this one)
  4. Cisco Inc – Software Engineering / Networking
  5. Ernst & Young – IT Internship / Full time
  6. Boeing - Information Technology Career Foundation Program / Internship / Analyst
  7. Becton, Dickinson and Company - IT Leadership Program, IT Summer Internship:
  8. Microsoft (came twice) – General recruiting. 
and this is just from 7th September to 28th September 2011. just 3 weeks. 

here's the list of companies coming to rpi this coming semester for IT alone :
  1.  Aetna 
  2. Agora Games 
  3.  Airvana 
  4.  Assured Information Security 
  5.  Bank of America 
  6.  BD 
  7.  Bechtel Marine Propulsion 
  8.  Bechtel Plant Machinery 
  9.  Boeing 
  10.  Booz Allen Hamilton 
  11.  CIA
  12.  Cisco Systems 
  13.  Cigna 
  14.  Citi 
  15.  Clever Devices 
  16.  CloudSwitch Dupont
  17.  E la Carte 
  18.  EMC 
  19.  Epic 
  20.  Ernst & Young 
  21.  FactSet 
  22.  FDM 
  23. Group First Investors Corporation 
  24.  GE 
  25.  Greane Tree Technology 
  26.  IBM 
  27.  IRS 
  28.  Johnson & Johnson
  29.  Lutron Electronics 
  30.  Mainstream Engineering 
  31.  MicroEdge, LLC 
  32.  Microsoft 
  33.  MITRE 
  34.  Next Jump Inc. 
  35.  Optaros 
  36.  Oracle 
  37.  Palantir Technologies 
  38.  Polaris Management 
  39. Partners 
  40.  PPL Corporation 
  41.  QueBIT Consulting
  42.  Shadow Financial Systems
  43.  Smart Scholarship Tallan, Inc
  44.  The Hartford 
  45.  TripAdvisor 
  46.  UTC 
  47.  WellPoint 
  48.  Wolf 
  49. Greenfield
  50.  Xerox 
  51.  ZS Associates  
i cant manage to mention all the companies (coz they're lots !), but here's some reputable companies for other majors that i DID NOT mention above :
  1. Energizer
  2. ExxonMobil
  3. Honda 
  4. L'Oreal
  5. Merck
  6. MIT Lincoln Lab
  7. Nestle 
  8. NYSE
  9. Philips
  10. Pratt & Whitney
  11. Procter & Gamble
  12. Schlumberger
  13. Target
  14. Xerox
And yeah, this is the FALL 2011 list. most companies dont show up until SPRING right before graduation and Summer.

soo... yeah, u be the judge. not so Polytechnic eyh ?