Sunday, May 15, 2016

I'm Moving to Malaysia!

Hi guys! Today I have an exciting announcement post for you. As some of you may already know, very soon, this month in fact, I'll be starting my Masters. And unlike with my Bachelor degree, which I did here in Mauritius itself, this time I'm going to university abroad. And in today's post, I thought I would share with you some info so that you guys know what's going on for me at the moment.  


So what will I be studying?

So I'll be doing a Masters of Arts in Communication. I did my Bachelor degree in Marketing Management and since I wanted to do something a bit new while staying in the same general field, I went for Communication. Plus, I thought that this course might also help me with my blog. 


Why go abroad to study?

I knew I wanted to go abroad for my Masters even when I was yet to finish my first degree. See, with Mauritius being a rather small country, there's no point in having dorms on the university campus since it's easier for students to simply go back home after classes. So here, going to uni is not much different from going to high school in that aspect. Classes are over, you get on a bus and go home. 

For my Masters though, I wanted things to be different. I wanted to know the experience of living by myself and away from home. I wanted to go on an adventure of my own instead of just reading about adventure in books. I suppose I also wanted to become a little more independent. To learn to fend for myself in the world. To get that, the only way was to go abroad. 

Now why Malaysia, you might be wondering? Well, for us Mauritians, Malaysia offers the perfect balance between excellence of education and decent budget. While there's certainly an appeal in going West or to Europe, budget-wise Malaysia was the best alternative for me. 


Where exactly will I be living and studying?

I'll be living and studying at Taylor's University, in Selangor, Subang Jaya. I've been to Malaysia before so I'm a little familiar with the country already. And from what I've seen from photos,a bunch of which a friend who also studied in Malaysia sent me, Taylor's University looks pretty nice. The best part? It's a lakeside university. Yep, it actually comes with a lake! 

So how will this all affect the blog?

Firstly, I expect that I will probably publish fewer posts per month, with me being busy with my Masters and everything. That being said, moving abroad and living by myself in a completely new setting might also help inspire new blog posts so I might also write a bit about my experiences in Malaysia. 

I know I'll definitely be sharing info and pictures with you guys whenever I can. I'm thinking I might even continue my Travel Log series, only featuring Malaysian locations instead of Mauritian ones. So far I can mostly speculate but soon I'll probably have a little more info for you guys ^^



When am I leaving?

I'm leaving Mauritius on the 25th of May. The 25th guys! That's like less than 2 weeks from now! I'm having a weird mix of anxiety and excitement, although I'm definitely more excited than anxious. Leaving my family is going to be weird. I know I'll miss them a lot. Especially my little sister who's basically my best friend. And let's not forget my bookshelf and all of the books that I'm also leaving behind! 

That being said, I'm also really looking forward to what is certainly going to be a big adventure. I've never lived by myself before, much less in another country. Sure, sometimes when I think about it, it all feels a little scary. The Masters course itself is going to be pretty challenging, not to mention that I'm such a hopeless introvert too! 

But like Gandalf said, 'The world is not in your maps and books. It's out there!' And I'm ready (I think!) to finally go on that adventure of my own ^^


23 comments:

  1. Congrats to you on making the move to do your masters in another country. It'll be a great adventure and I'm sure you'll thrive on the new environment and learn lots of new things.
    Best of luck and I look forward to hearing your adventures.

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    1. Thanks Dinh ^^ So far it has indeed been quite an adventure. I'm hoping to write about that at some point. Thanks for dropping by :)

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  2. Whoop whoop! Congrats! I am sure it's going to be an amazing adventure! *o* Wishing you luck and success! (well, all the best really ;) )
    Lots of love!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Mel! So far it's been pretty good here :)

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  3. Oh my gosh, that is so amazing!! No doubt it will be one very cool adventure for you and I'm so proud for you taking it head on! I can't wait to see more of your travel posts in the future! Best of luck and success!

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  4. Good luck with your Master's and your move, Soudha! A lakeside university sounds wonderful! Looking forward to your future posts on your adventures!

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    1. Thanks Lee! I'm planning to blog about it at some point :)

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  5. Congrats and Good luck, Soudha :) Wishing you a great time there!

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  6. Congratulations Soudha! What a wonderful adventure you will have. Wishing you all the best and I look forward to hearing how it is all going.

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    1. Thanks Melissa ♥ I will try to write a post about all of it at some point :)

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  7. ^Congrats Soudha!
    I hope you have the best masters experience ever! I can't wait to hear about you new adventures! ^^
    xoxo

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  8. Great news! Congrats on pursuing your dreams and crushing your fears for this new adventure Soudha :) Wish you all the best darl and may you enjoy your studies and make the most of it.

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  9. Malaysia? We're almost neighbours then :) I've been there once, it's a very nice country. Living by yourself is actually kind of fun, if you ask me :P

    Good luck to you, Soudha!

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    1. Oh that's right, we're practically neighbors now! So far the experience's been a pretty good one :)

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  10. Ooh, good luck with your move and studies, Soudha!

    I visited Malaysia four years ago and all I could think when I saw your post was: "How is she going to stand the heat and the humidity?!" But then I remembered you live in a similarly hot environment (okay, I'm not sure about this, I'm just assuming), so it won't be such a shock for you. But the country is absolutely beautiful and I enjoyed the mix of cultures a lot (and the food, haha).

    I hope your studies go well and that you'll still have time to read & blog! :)

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    1. Haha, thanks Kaja. Honestly, the temperature was a little bit of a shock at first because even in Mauritius our summers don't get that hot. But since they have AC practically everywhere, after a while it becomes easy to ignore the heat. But the country sure is pretty nice. Thanks again :)

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  11. Congrats with all this Soudha and good luck with your Masters!! I'm glad you'll be trying to keep in touch while busy with your studies. I'm already eager to hear all about your new life! The University sounds lovely and it'll be nice to be off on your own...off on an adventure like Gandalf ♥

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    1. Thanks Micheline ^^ And I just love it when people quote Gandalf :D Hehe! And yeah, I do plan to write about the whole experience at some point. I'm not really sure when, but it will happen :)

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