All riiiiiight peeps! Assalamualaikum ūüėÄ

You’ve heard about how to get in, now lemme tell you about what’s in Asasi Pintar. (for short we call it Aspi)

Before we start, please throw away all your thoughts about any other asasi out the window this instance because this will be no mediocre foundation of your life.

yes, throw it all away. woosh woosh

Orientation Week

In UKM, we call it MMP/M (Majlis Mesra Pelajar/Mahasiswa)¬†and was three days long. Registration went on¬†at the PPpN’s(Pusat Permata pintar Negara) auditorium and it was pretty simple. There were only around 5 counters and all we needed to bring were our health check-up form, X-ray and payment slip. p/s remember your matrics ID right away!

During the registration, we were assigned to our rooms and given keys. Aspi students would be staying in Kolej Keris Mas (KKM) ¬†since it’s the nearest college to the PPpN and in case you miss the bus to permata, hey! it’s just a 30 minutes walk/climb there! (or you can just use jom tumpang, which will be explained later)

Around 11.45 am came the briefing session with parents and lecturers. Any inquiries about bursaries, services, activities and etc can be done during the session’s QnA. Then it’s off to lunch and hell starts just about right away! (kidding, not) the 2.45 session was all about introductions – PC’s(pemudah cara), questions about the college, what is KKM, etc etc. Then we lined up according to groups randomly assigned to us, did a little ice breaking of our own then went down for tea. Tho in the itinerary the program was stated to end at ard 4.30, we ended up dismissing at around 5-30-6-ish. (Well, it’s orientation hell!)

The ice breaking session consisted of the common “search for you same .. friend!” games. But it was sorta a bit interesting than usu. Then we played a few teamwork games and got dismissed at around 1/4 to 12 (I think). The next morning started off with hours of safety, subject, health and welfare lectures. Then, after lunch we went on a library tour (since Perpustakaan Tun Sri Lanang is one of Southeast Asia’s largest library with over 2 millions book and a system of it’s own, it needs a tour or you’d be lost!) and in the evening we had “makan berdulang” with the program directors, lecturers and PCs. In case there any other me-s out there who experienced her first makan berdulang, basically the food is served on trays and you share a tray with ard 4 people. You’ll be able to experience it again during the fasting month since usu they’d prep food for breaking fast in this style.

The last day began with a motivation session, then a lecture on counselling services and also curriculum activities. Then after lunch we practiced for the evening’s pledge ceremony. The end of the pledge ceremony marked¬†the end of our hell orientation week and the commencement¬†of actual aspi life!

Daily Life

The week right after orientation, classes would would commence right away. Since the lecturers were away for the PIC (Permata International Conference) life wasn’t hectic. Yet. But, we already received a stream of assignments. I had to get a bio presentation done, find a research journal relating to the field I like and answer the questions given, do a flow chart for the first chem lab experiment, develop a concept map on chem’s first chap and study the first chap of physics. Definitely a good way to start school life.

Tho in other foundation, normally you’d take around four subjects, here in aspi you’re required to take 8.¬†We have pure science and social science stream here (tho sasos was offered to only permata college students, Idk about next yr). Subjects taken for pure science students are ; biology, chemistry, physics, logical reasoning & calculus, jati diri, language and literature appreciation, statistics and research skills. (For sasos, these subjects¬†would be replaced by economics(micro and macro), law and alam manusia¬†)

The syllabus for all the subjects aren’t according to any other system. Aspi has an established system of it’s own but usually the lecturers would refer to a books like ; campbell (biology), giancolli (physics) , Ranjit Kumar’s elementary statistics, Briggs (calculus) and a few others mentioned in the subject’s pro forma presented during orientation week. No worries, they’d call suppliers to come over and you’d get to buy the books at a cheaper price. Or you can get the books from previous aspi seniors or try googling it’s free pdf online.

ūüėõ A few things I find interesting regarding this foundation is the research skills class and jati diri class. You’d have to prep, plan out and do an actual research so focus in stats classes and research skills classes. Keep in mind to prep a research proposal that links to your preferred area of study in uni, it’d be like an extra point for you! For jati diri class, I personally love love the social experiment project. You’d be doing it all, from proposals to the actual experiment ūüėÄ Ohhhhh and in LLA class you’d be filming a short film later on. Exciting, exciting!

+Just a note to all SBP and MRSM students, here in aspi there’s no such thing as being spoon fed anymore. The teachers won’t supply you with mountains of exercises, print you million of references nor tell you what to do. It’s all in your own effort here. It’s good training tho, for uni life, since that’s how it’s going to be.

+Another tip I’d include would be, read before classes.¬†This is extremely essential – especially biology since it’s like being bombarded with info – and the lecturers would actually enjoy it! Plus it’d be easier for you to answer quizzes and pre tests. (We had a calc pre test and I honestly had no idea what the heck it was)

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Here are two basic class schedules (set 5 is my set’s, for pure science and 6 is sasos). Classes start as early as 8 or 9 and can end as late as 6pm. You can buy lunch at permata’s cafeteria and pray at the surau (no need to travel back to the college). Buses usually leave at ard 7.45 am in the morning and the lecturer would prep buses at 4, 5 or 6 in the evening. The evening buses leave ard 15 mins after so no need to rush. In cases of cancelled classes, class reps can request for an earlier or later bus thru the bus service¬†coordinator (the lecturer will mention herself during orientation week).

Night time is free time and it’s up to you where you spend it. Usu, you’d find aspi students at the cafe either having group meetings, study groups or assignments. There’s also the PWI, sort of like a mini library at KKM or you can just study in your own room.

Jom Tumpang and other bus services

Jom tumpang is a ‘by student for student’ car service established by UKM own student community. Basically you just whatsapp their admin and they’ll find you a free buddy to take you from place to place. Fares depend on location, not on meters so it’s actually cheaper! You can get to all sort of places within and outside of UKM – shah alam, KLIA, kajang, seremban, other colleges and faculties within UKM and etc. It’s best if you ws ahead of time since the service depends on the availability of buddies and not on a fixed schedule or such (quick reminder, buddies are also students with their own study life).p/s they also offer services to go to nearby bazaars during the fasting month!¬†¬†pp//s the fee from KKM to permata in case you missed the bus is rm7.

There are three buses going thru KKM , line U3, 6 and Kajang. I haven’t experienced any full trips and I don’t remember the routes much. Basically the U3 and 6 buses are free and goes around UKM. The kajang line takes you to the kajang station and you’d have to pay ard rm1.

After foundation

There’s two pathways after aspi, either UKM or overseas.

+UKM – you don’t have to fill up UPU again, you only need to fill the intra-UKM application system. Tho, admission still depends on your results. (ie if you’re opting for medic, min is 3.8 but it’s best you get a 4.00). You can’t go to any other local uni since aspi is like a linking program for UKM.

+overseas – once you’ve completed sem 1 and received your results, you can begin applying to overseas uni depending on where you wanna go. if it’s to the UK, you’d have to apply thru UCAS etc, etc. Keep in mind you’d have to sit for IELTS and such on your own. (the aspi program only help you to register¬†for¬†MUET). You’d also have to look for sponsors on your own.

That’s all I have on Aspi! Sadly, I didn’t get to finish the program and only stayed for about 3 weeks. It was tough yet memorable and the peeps there are amazeballs! Oh and don’t be surprise if you meet someone NOT 18 during the program since permata college students would usu be joining the program. 16/17’s batch has one 16 year old and she’s def a gem!