(First) snow is actually pretty exciting before my phone decided that the temperature was too much for its capacity, from 100% – 25% – 9% – 0% real quick in just 20 minutes. Also when my whole body became extremely itchy because of the sudden transition of vasoconstriction to vasodilation. Since this is so biology, let me explain in English. Usually, when it snows, the temperature drops to 0 – negative. In such cold temperature, blood vessels will constrict (vasoconstriction). It’s not a problem while playing in the snow, but it starts to be once the temperature rises (when I enter a warmer place), the blood vessels widen again (vasodilation). Literally, the whole body becomes too itchy, and it’s actually painful. Oh and also, when it is too cold, the pain receptors are nth times more sensitive. Try to understand the pain from zipping my jacket, please.
But all the pain above cannot beat the beautiful view snow can create. I was sleeping when it first snowed. Actually, I wouldn’t know it was snowing if my housemate didn’t wake me up. Yup, I have this disease called weather-ignorant. So lazy to check the weather forecast, always ended up overdressed/underdressed: wearing too much for the sunny day or wearing too less for the cold day. Me.
On the way to the library, my housemate mentioned about how beautiful could Peak District be in snow. And… we decided to go hiking in about 5 minutes? That was the fastest decision-making in my whole life. The train ticket from Manchester Oxford Road – Hathersage costs £ 11, and from Hathersage station, we walk to the Stanage Edge.
But due to improper clothing and shoes, we didn’t make it to the peak because it was slippery and dangerous. However, we got to the highest altitude we could do (still I fell down countless times), and the view was still breathtaking.
I started to know Kalsom from my friend, Meishaleny David, who I knew from Felda FGV Scholarship Interview. When I saw the ads on FB that they are recruiting facilitators for summer camps, I didn’t think twice to apply for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Camp (EIC). For this camp, I had to take 4 days unpaid leave and travel to Melaka. For something that’s worth it, why not?
Even though the camp was only for 3D2N, the preparation started way earlier, and I was blessed to work with Wahidah, my fellow colleague from UKEC. We both chose to work on rotating classroom module which basically a module that explains post-SPM life, tertiary education, and financial assistance for undergraduate study. I found this module suits me because coming from daily school myself, I know they are at a disadvantage compared to boarding schools in terms of getting these kinds of information.
We received about 60 form 4 students from each school, namely SMK Dato’ Dol Said, SMK Naning, and SMK Durian Tunggal. At first, they were so shy to each other that to a point some students actually asked us to change their room so that they can sleep with their friends. Kids, people. Because we designed the accommodation in such way a room has 3 students from different schools accompanied by a facilitator. Even though Nike said nothing is impossible, a sleepover is impossible for daily school girls who have strict parents :’) But nonetheless, we managed to break the ice and in the end, everyone had fun and made friends from different schools.
Even though my module was Rotating Classroom, but all modules need cooperation from every facilitator. So at the camp, we all work together on every module. The toughest one for me was Explorace because my checkpoint is a checkpoint where each student was tasked to produce different origami T__T and I tell you, I’m bad in origami myself. And my partner, Qadri, he thought we shouldn’t give the task so easily so we chose the complicated one (complicated enough for me even though it’s literally level 3 origami). But I had fun because I made birds, shirt, and flower (look how proud I am!!!)
This camp is the first of its kind because Kalsom Movement is trying to instill entrepreneurship values in students, apart from English language usage. We introduced them some simple business terms (mortgage, interest rate) and theories through activity modules. We encouraged them to use English at all times during camp and I understand the struggle because I wasn’t born in an English-speaking family, I only started to speak in English when I was 18. I would say their English is from good to decent level, still comprehensible.
It seems like the students learned from the facilitator but for us, we learned from the students more. I can safely say, I have been Kalsomed 😛
If you followed me on Twitter, you’d know how wrecking my internship application process was. Before that, I have to tell you that it is not compulsory for me to do an internship. I just wanted to fill my summer time with some contributing activities after I spent my first year’s summer doing literally, NOTHING. So this year I thought, alright, let’s be a good citizen, Malissa!!!
Okay back to my internship application, it was so hard to secure one because I didn’t do THAT good during my first year. If you know me, if I say I didn’t do good, it means, not good. Because I am not that kind of student, who say they did horribly in the exam and came out with at least A. Nope. If I tell you something’s terrible, you gotta believe me, it really is. Because of my not-to-be-proud-of first year result, I got a clean track record of rejections by the UK companies and Malaysia companies. Up until the very last minute, two corporations and a bank bounce back to me regarding my application. God really listens to prayers, guys :’)
I applied for Gamuda through a career fair held in London by the United Kingdom and Eire Council (UKEC). For your information, this annual event brings several Malaysia companies together in (usually) London, for us overseas students to apply for jobs. I’ve known Gamuda since young because I watched a documentary featuring Gamuda constructing smart tunnel (things my brothers made me watch, people). I am a hopeless person in science stream, so I joined Gamuda Land.
If you think my selection was a walk in the park, umm, you’re wrong. When I handed my resume to HR officer of Gamuda (I can’t tell her name her because she’s really famous among Gamudians), she didn’t receive it pleasantly.
HR: Where are you from again? *while she was reading my two pages resume*
Me: Manchester, mam. The University of Manchester.
HR: Then how come I’ve never seen your face before? You know we did UK universities tour, right?
Me: Yes I know about the tour, I didn’t attend the networking session.
HR: And you expect us to give you a job while you didn’t even attend?
Me: I was occupied with other activity at the same time, mam. I’m sorry I didn’t attend but I really hope you consider me.
And that’s it. My resume was put on a pile of some other hundreds resume. My hope to join Gamuda was deeply buried. I moved on, and one day, I received an email stating I’m welcomed to join 2 months and 1-week internship at Gamuda. I mean, WOW!
Fast forward, skipping my excitement, during induction session, guess who walked in the meeting room? The same Mrs. HR. I was so nervous that I prayed she doesn’t remember me. Well, she asked me the same exact question, “Where are you from again?”. But she was surprisingly sweet and funny. I came to know her better at Gamuda, she’s really a nice person. I deduced it just that during the career fair, it was a complete mess and hectic, that employers became cranky.
I was a part of market research and customer analytics team. I had a small and attentive team. Because I only have one supervisor, one buddy, and one teammate, I get A LOT of attention. I really do!!! I’m tearing up because I miss them already. Some people asked me what did I do there. So I studied property market global trending, data analysis and evaluation, and primary and secondary market research. My tasks are relevant to my degree, so I’m satisfied with my assignments overall.
I was supposed to end my internship on 8th of September, but I applied for early cessation because I’m going back to Manchester on 17th of September. Such decision happened because my mom texted me asking how can she make an appointment with me :’) Because I am always away. I had 3 months of summer, and I spent 2 months living alone in Damansara. Yes, that kind of daughter I am. And luckily my team is very considerate, they approved my wish to spend more summer time with family.
So on my last day as Gamudian, we had a site visit to tunnel training academy and TwentyFive.7 site (it’s a name of development). I had an enjoyable site visit there because I GOT TO SEE THE REAL TUNNEL BORING MACHINE LIKE OH, MY GOD? Remember I said I knew Gamuda from a smart tunnel documentary? So I got to see the machine in real life! The machine was HUGE, I wish it could fit in a picture frame.
Even though I have to leave Gamuda early, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy my time there. There are some things you just got to sacrifice for your own parents, right? I really really recommend Gamuda for an internship experience because, for my friends and I, we agreed that it was really enriching. If you’re worried about the allowance, I can give you a hint: the allowance is more than what CIMB pays. Also, the vibe at Gamuda is very different. If you’re searching for a more diversified workplace, Gamuda is the place. As you can see from the photos, we have a healthy mix of races in Gamuda.
If you ask me will I come back to Gamuda? Heaven yes!