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Salam Ramadhan

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Bismillah

Semoga Ramadhan ini lebih baik daripada yang sebelumnya.

Semoga Allah memberikan kekuatan untuk mengharungi bulan yang penuh barakah ini.

Semoga kita mampu meningkatkan keimaan dan ketaqwaan sepanjang bulan Ramadhan ini.

Semoga Allah membantu kita untuk terus istiqamah selepas Ramadhan nanti.

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I’ll be back inshaAllah…

Leadership Workshop

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Alhamdulillah tsumma Alhamdulillah

Yesterday I attended a leadership workshop organized by MSD Chicago for Midwest Games Committee. The speaker was a Malaysian, currently studying in Northern Illinois University (NIU). He used to work with MMU but he quit to pursue his study. He has great experience in organizing big events especially those that involved VIPs.

I was initially thinking that I probably would not get as much benefit from it since I had the stereotypical mindset when it comes to a Malay speaker. But I was totally wrong. The event was indeed very beneficial. Although the focus of the discussion was MWG, but I believe most of the part can also be applied in organizations generally.

I believe most of the points I already knew. Well, sometimes you just forgot things that were not so applicable to you. So yesterday, I really got something to boost up my skills inshaAllah. Alhamdulillah, Allah gave me the knowledge that I really need now. Alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah…

So here are some points I manage to extract yesterday:
# if the meeting disagree with your point(s), you need to reflect back, do not create havoc, dont take it personal
# understand other persons’ opinions, since we have different experience
# documentation is very important, no one wants to hold the blame of others’
# be part of solution, not part of problem. If you think you are the problem, better ask permission to quit
# communication: email, call
# be prepare with backup plan(s)
# be proactive, dont wait for others to initiate things
# planning: need to invest a lot of time
# change is something that people dont like to do, but it is inevitable
# clearly assign #1 and #2 person for each post/rank
# each post has to be very precise and detail in doing your job
# always ask for assistance if you are not sure on your jobs
# leadership by example
# secretariat is the center of information (organization)
# every external (out from committee) communication must be from secretariat, and approved by the president/director
# jangan terikat dengan program sebelumnya, be smart and creative

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Dengan lafaz Bismillah, saya mulakan semester ini pada pagi ini. Semoga ia menjadi semester yang lebih baik daripada yang sebelumnya. Ameen.

Getting Ready

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The spring semester is coming. The classes will formally begin this Monday insyaAllah. InsyaAllah this will be my 6th semester in Purdue doing Actuarial science. If everything goes well, I’ll be graduating in Spring ’11. May Allah help me to go through the next 3 semesters.

As of this semester, insyaAllah I’ll be taking not less than 12 credit hours. I’ve registered for 12, thinking of adding some more. InsyaAllah here are my classes for this semester:

  • STAT 473 – Actuarial Model II
  • COM 217 – Science Writing & Presentation
  • ARAB 302 – Arabic level 6 (though I’m pretty sure my Arabic is not up to this level yet)
  • MGMT 310 – Financial Management

I’m thinking of adding 2 other courses which both are for Arabic Conversation. They need special permissions as I actually should take those 2 classes when I was in Arabic level 4. Hmmm…I wasnt thinking about conversation, not until I realized that I couldnt master a language without actually practice to converse it. So…I’m still thinking about it. May Allah help me in both my academic and social life insyaAllah.

Muktamar 09 & Tahun 2010

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Buat pertama kalinya, setelah 2 kali menghadiri muktamar pada tahun 2007 & 2008, saya dapat duduk dengan tekun dan menikmati isi kandungan pengisian yang disampaikan pada muktamar kali ini. Pada muktamar 2007, saya menjadi sukarelawan di dapur, membantu menyediakan makanan untuk para peserta muktamar. Tahun 2008, saya menjadi co-director, yang menyebabkan saya sibuk ke hulu ke hilir demi memastikan segala-galanya berjalan dengan baik.

Untuk Muktamar 2009, saya mengepalai jawatankuasa yang mengatur tentatif dan speaker. Dan bagi saya beserta sahabat yang bersama mengatur tentatif, kami sudah cuba melakukan sedaya upaya kami untuk menjadikan Muktamar kali ini lebih baik daripada yang lalu. Alhamdulillah, sejujurnya saya amat berpuas hati dengan perjalanan keseluruhan program, lebih baik daripada 2008. Tahniah saya ucapkan kepada sahabat saya Wan Khalil, director Muktamar kali ini.

Alhamdulillah…2010 sudah menjelma. Selalunya tahun baru, ramai orang yang berazam akan melakukan perubahan. Mudah-mudahan apa yang dirancangan itu mendapat pertolongan dan keberkatan dari Allah. Untuk diri saya sendiri, saya tidak boleh tunggu sehingga tahun baru untuk melakukan perubahan. Kerana takut saya mati, sebelum sempat berubah. InsyaAllah, dengan masa yang ada, saya akan cuba sebaiknya untuk sekurang-kurangnya memperbaiki diri sendiri, kalau tidak orang lain.

Masa memang amat pantas berlalu. Kini saya sudah menjadi di kalangan seniors di Purdue.

Ya Allah, bantulah diriku dan sahabat-sahabatku, tingkatkanlah kesabaran kami, terimalah ‘amal kami, tempatkanlah kami di kalangan orang-orang yang memperjuangkan Agama-Mu ya Allah. Ampunkanlah dosa kami, dan matikanlah kami dengan mati syahid. Ameen.