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The Beginning of My Final Semester

Posted on the 22 February 2017 by Kimeetay @Kimee_Tay

It’s second week into the second semester of my final year as an undergraduate, also my final semester.

Course Registrations

In Universiti Sains Malaysia (University of Science, Malaysia), the maximum units an undergraduate can register for a semester is 21 units. 2 semesters ago I went on a student exchange programme with the University of Guelph, so I missed a whole semester here. I didn’t transfer any credit too. This semester, I have to retake the courses that I missed that semester.

After registering for the third and fourth year core courses, it was already 22 units. I needed to register 4 units from my elective courses as a graduation requirement. Since the elective courses come in 3 units per course, I had to register another 6 units of electives. In total, I would have to register 28 units this semester if I wanted to graduate on time, which I do.

Initially my school did not approve my application of extra units than the recommended 21 units. I was kinda desperate complete my degree this year, I did not want to spend another year in this particular school. However, after consulting the assistant registrar and the deputy dean of academics, they agreed to request the vice chancellor of academic’s  approval.

On Monday, I received a text message from the assistant registrar stating that the university has approved for me to register 28 units this semester! I was super hyped when I found out. It’s gonna be a tremendously busy semester, in addition to my final year project. But I’m pretty sure I’ll do fine, if not good.

Final Year Project

It’s almost the end of the second week for this semester and I can’t seem to get hold of my FYP supervisor for consultation. She’s even my academic advisor. She seems to be always busy, and says that the only time she’s free to meet her students are in the morning, 8.45 am to 9.30 am, and/or after 5 pm. My classes starts at 9 am everyday and usually by 4 pm I would be back at room.

So yeah, it’s probably my fault that I can’t meet with her yet too. I don’t know, but I hope I can start my actual experiment, the hydrolysis and stuff next week. I have to do 14 times of that!


I’m taking most of my classes with my juniors (haha), the third years, and only 1 class with my coursemates. But it’s pretty fun! I think my juniors are great, I especially love their WhatsApp group chat cause they only share proper information, and there’s minimal to no spam messages. I also have 2 classes with Xian Yun, which has some advantage I think?

The start of my final has been great so far, I’ve had friends help me sneak my FYP samples into their SEM slots, I’m truly grateful for that. I look forward to possibly the busiest semester that I’ll ever be in, and also a memorable and fruitful one. I probably won’t have a daily log now cause my days are pretty robotic and boring, but I’ll update from time to time.

Do it for future me so I can look back and laugh at myself. Haha


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