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Possibilities and ...

  • ONE: they totally loved it, no need for any edits or revisions
  • TWO: they totally hated it, and are just going to pretend it never existed
  • THREE: despite the deadline, no-one’s read it yet.
No idea. No feedback. I wonder.

Have been in a zombie state all day; dozed off, woke up thinking it was much later than it really was, am still a bit disoriented.


Anyways: in this downtime, thought I’d share something that caught my eye in yesterday’s papers:

ONE: Pick subjects in demand, Najib urges undergrads
Undergraduates pursuing teaching courses in universities have been reminded to select options that are in demand instead of those which interest them. (Read the whole thing here)
Okay, actually he’s coming from the point of view that there are critical shortages in teachers of English, Science and Mathematics while there are an excess of graduates in the teaching of Malay and Religious Studies, so he’s looking at having to shunt teachers into fields out of their specialization.

But still…

Something in me totally rebels when I see people being urged to NOT follow their heart.

Reminds me of a gal I know who recently graduated from high school here, who is obviously artistically inclined, and would perhaps be a great addition to the fashion design industry. However, her parents are having none of that “crap” so she is “doing time” in college (pre-u), instructed to take up “doctor, or lawyer or engineer” or something. Ugh.

Compare this, if you will, to Billy Joel’s advice (The Star, pg W39):
Billy Joel serenades to [sic] graduates at Syracuse
Pop singer Billy Joel got a standing ovation from nearly 5,000 Syracuse University graduates after he serenaded them and urged them to do what they love in life. “Don’t do it for security, prestige, money, or, for crying it out loud, don’t do it for somebody else,” he said at the ceremony Sunday. “Do it for love. Because if you love what you do, you’ll always do what you love.”
Go, Billy!

No one’s saying it’s easy. But it’s certainly more fulfilling when you follow your heart, ainnit?


  1. Excessive numbers of religious studies graduates? Really? I never anticipated that being a problem.


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