How to Prepare a New Semester

As a college student, I believe that kicking off a whole life of new semester would be either exciting or tiring days (again). Knowing how to starts your new semester would be one of the most important steps to get better learning process, it is vital to strategize it properly.

Picking up a compulsory and elective course during a week before the classes begin would be the most dilemma time since we have to spend a lot researches and observations about the lecturer as well as the course itself. However, this time will also become the time which determine our hereinafter semester. Here are the things you can do to commence your new semester well:

  1. Plan early

For the first time, you need to understand what you need for the coming semester and what you want to learn. It is very imperative that you plan everything earlier to avoid any trouble during the learning process. You need to know the course you want to learn and the type of lecturer that you want to study with. When you know the basic idea of the course, it makes you a lot more easier to plan your schedule to study and comprehend the knowledge. While choosing the lecturer would also very crucial since some of the lecturer are easy to follow while some others are difficult. To know the typical kinds of lecturer could have been done by consulting to the senior who’ve already been studied with them. It is not about GPA or carry mark, but it is all about the way how they explain the theory, postulate, formula, and the problem solving.

  1. Get organized

Writing down what you want to do in your diary would help you a lot to be organized. It averts you from skipping the work that need to be done throughout the day. Today, technology is much more sophisticated that allow you to write down in the note application or even on the calendar that you can also set the alarm in it. By that you will be able to work punctually based on your own performance and capability.

  1. Set your own goal

Some students tend to make mistake by setting their goal based on their friends’ goal and achievement. Unfortunately, it happened in almost some of the college students. You need to be clear for yourself on what do you want to achieve during the coming semester and what kind of achievement you want to pursue. Some of the students are planning to join new society or clubs or students council while some other students need to focus more on their study and leave the part-time job and societies that they have involved. It is very good to set off the college life time with some sort of activities to keep active and energetic but surely you need to include an opportunity cost for your study time.


Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan / Federal Territory Mosque

  1. Start with Bismillah (doa/ prayer)

As a Muslim, it is very recommended to start everything with Bismillah (with the name of Allah). This hidden power will strengthen your day to day throughout the semester. You should never skip your day for the sake of Allah. All the work and study should be for the sake of Allah, the one that create us and empower us up till today.

  1. Well time management

It is good for you to think and plan every single thing that you want to do during the day by listing down the activities along with the time. By that, you could work on your assignments, group works, individual projects, quizzes and presentation right on the due date. Preparing well time management would help students a lot (who mainly multitasking) in accomplishing their school works and personal interest work.

  1. Stay in the health condition

Students are less aware on their health by doing many works in a time. They tend to be less respect to their own body by compelling too much working on their physical gigs. We never know when the time for us to be ill is coming over, while the tough coming semester is approaching. Therefore, it is good for us to keep away from junk food and any necessary work that cause some ill to our body. Rest well, eat healthy food (organic is recommended), adequate exercise, and work based on our own capacity.


By the end, I would like to sum up with the big hope that your new coming semester will be amazing and start your classes with positive thinking, a new friends, spirits, and better grade afterward. I wish you the best of luck and welcome to the new semester.


M Syarifuddin



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For ages, Indonesia has been famous for our diversity and tolerance among various tribal and cultural backgrounds. Institut KH Abdul Chalim,  founded  by a Great  Moslem scholar  Dr KH Asep Saifuddin Chalim, is a prototype of great tolerance in Indonesia. Our campus is the beginning of a noble master plan to establish an Islamic  world-class university aiming at reaching the level of Al Azhar University of Egypt,  Harvard University of the United States and  the Sorbonne University  of France. For this reasons, we offer a full scholarship for foreign students to study in Indonesia for 2016/2017 academic year. The aim of this scholarship award is to provide successful applicants to study in Institut KH Abdul Chalim.


Establishing and developing an outstanding Islamic university that produces independent and competitive Moslem human resources based on the principles of tolerance, moderation, justice, and universal kindness.


Conducting world-class education, research, and social community services to enhance and share the development of science, arts, and letters, humanity and technology.


  1. All applicants MUST be Muslim
  2. Citizen of any countries except Indonesia
  3. Applicants must be between 18-25 years old for undergraduate program
  4. All international students MUST take Bahasa Indonesia in their first year as a foundation while studying their major in English and Arabic


  1. Copy of high school diploma and high school transcript from 10,11, and 12 grades (3 pcs)
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  1. The scholarships cover tuition fees and other appropriate compulsory fees as determined by the institutions for the duration of the program
  2. This scholarship overall covers:
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    3. Meals 3 times a day
    4. Additional funding for the completion of thesis
    5. Health insurance
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ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Vs European Economic Community (EEC)

ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together by Single ASEAN Currency Unit Utilization

M Amir Syarifuddin. Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia. Author’s correspondence: No.447 Jl. 4 Taman Ampang Utama, Ampang, Selangor, 68000, Malaysia; Email:


International Conference 2016


The integration of regional economics in ASEAN has been very dynamic, prosperous, and comprehensive in strengthening the implementation of Blueprint 2025. By December 31, 2015, The Charter of Kuala Lumpur had been implemented to deepen cooperation and integration among ASEAN countries in socio-economic joint development. However, the AEC’s Blueprint 2025, which sets out the directions and strategic measures under five cores of objectives do not reflect the monetary union as EU has to set when they formed European Economic Community (EEC) to overcome the common economics problem among EU countries back then. These objectives are not in accordance with the current matter that is faced mostly by ASEAN countries, which is the low exchange rate of their currency. By proposing the new idea of a single currency in ASEAN, it is expected to have reducing transaction cost, removing volatility in exchange rate and maintaining price stability. Implementing single ASEAN currency is a key catalyst for economic development strategy which aims to achieve a stable financial system among ASEAN countries. Since AEC does not include a single common currency in the Blueprint 2025 as the goal to be achieved, the diverse fiscal and economic policies will still lead to usual fluctuations of the exchange rates. Although the constraints on the adoption of a single common currency by ASEAN are formidable, the long-run goal of a single common currency for ASEAN is worth considering due to a suitable region in adopting a single common currency as Europe was prior to the Maastricht Treaty.


M Syarifudidn

Visiting Elderly Nursing Home

What would you think life would be if you were living in a nursing home? You might be conscious of being physically removed from your familiar home and community. You might feel lost, unsure of how you will adjust to this new place. You may feel that you’ve somehow been rejected. Last month, I and six others fellows from four different countries went to nursing home to look at the elderly in the nursing house which close to our dormitory (around 30 minutes away) in Kuala Lumpur.



We and grannies




I have been very excited to be part of this cycle since I never did my community service for elderly back then. The first thing we did was buying some necessary stuff for elderly in “Tesco” with my five other lads. We split ourselves into two teams to buy those kinds of stuff to shorten the times. After we checked out and paid the price, we decided to pick one of our friends who were waiting in the other mall across the road. After short of a period, we headed off to Elderly Nursing House to work up there and started our program.

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6 Brain Hacks to Improve Your Productivity

I remembered 2 years back, I signed up an online course from for deepening understanding in psychology. I signed up under Prof (I forgot his name), and he is from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, best known as MIT, the best Institute in the universe. The course itself provided us an interactive textbook, featuring pre-recorded videos, quizzes, and projects. Due to this fun continuous learning, the learning process became a laboratory that could answer my curiosity. During the class, I was so thrilled that I could connect with thousands of other learners and debate ideas, discuss course material, and get help mastering concepts.

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International Seminar on Interfaith Harmony and Tolerance

The specific course I took at that time was about time productivity. How we manage our time, plan and execution, evaluation and self-feedback. Here I summarize things that I learned during the class about how you improve your productivity.

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Are you really that busy?

This time, I would be writing a bit serious since I found a lot constraint on many organizations. I know exactly how it feels when you are in a position where people demand you from many direction while you have priority to be seized. I know exactly how it feels when your roles are excessively important. I also know exactly how it feels when your soul and body are in the different spaces.

But, hey… you are what you do, no one could change your life path but yourself. You are the only one who decided where your life would go. You are the only one who decided to take this way and being “BUSY”. Now that you are in the position where you expected in the past, you start estranging your responsibility from your tenure.


Writer’s File in 2016

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New Transformation (Exploring, Expanding, and Experimenting)

These three words were describing my life so far in KL, Malaysia. I was drawn to it, in part because I have been fond of alliterative phrases since middle school, but also because of what they represent. Kafaat and IIUM marked the beginning of a four-year period where I had permission to do all three of these. When else in life would I have the time, resources, and lack of constraints to explore, expand, and experiment like this?


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