Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Just Rambling, Don't Mind Me = No Entertainment Value
My masters degree program will start fairly soon – the beginning of June. I’ve arranged it so that all my students are placed over a hectic four-day period, while I technically work five days a week. The masters will take up three days, which will mean quite a packed schedule when it starts. It’ll be tough, with a whole lot of commuting straight across the city, and finding time for course work, and practice as well. But it’s progress, and the scholarship something I’ve earned over the past year by proving myself in my position here. I’m a bit anxious as to studying and working over the next two years, but it’s an investment and something to push the career forward, and create new opportunities. And hmm, well I've done it before. Thankfully Jim Sherry, a doctoral alumnus of Berkeley is apparently the professor in charge, coz he’s really one of the nicest people in the main campus, and from personal experience, someone who remains understanding in difficult situations. Not to mention that he’s likely to be in the SAYOWE staff again, which makes it possible for me to be there as well; hopefully I can formally take over the Malaysian representative position, and assist in teaching.
Thoughts of long-term planning have been on my mind, and I think a good goal to set is being settled by the ripe old age of 30. Thailand is a wonderful place, and easier to make a greater impact. Adelaide would be swell, but it’s a longer shot. Singapore seems a more likely place for opportunity, but I’m not sure if I’ll be comfortable there. Penang is a great place, but career-wise… it needs some thought, and there’s a long way to go still. I suppose I should be grateful that I’m free to choose and plan, and have some feasible faith that the choices and plans will be possible.
I’m going to take the Singapore trip as a deep breath before the plunge, with the faith that the dive will produce at least one or two pearls.