Do you remember me? I sat upon your knee I wrote to you with childhood fantasies Well, I'm all grown-up now Can you still help somehow? I'm not a child, but my heart still can dream
So here's my lifelong wish My grown-up Christmas list Not for myself, but for a world in need
No more lives torn apart That wars would never start And time would heal all hearts Every man would have a friend That right would always win And love would never end This is my grown-up Christmas list
What is this illusion called the innocence of youth? Maybe only in that blind belief can we ever find the truth
No more lives torn apart That wars would never start And time would heal all hearts Every man would have a friend That right would always win And love would never end
This is my grown-up Christmas list This is my only lifelong wish This is my grown-up Christmas list
the past 1 month has been nothing but a true roller-coaster ride. i submitted my application for ANU on Oct 26th, 2008, during the Australian education exhibition. starting 2 weeks after, i emailed IDP every single week, checking whether they got any news about my application. only to get the same reply over and over again "we haven't heard anything from them, but we will contact you as soon as we got some news."
December 1st, i officially quit from my former office. only after a week being unemployed, i started to go mental. i could NOT stand doing nothing. anyone who knows me well would've known that i don't deal well with long holidays. i hate 'em. my bestfriends were being angels, they submitted my CV to their offices knowing my frustration over doing nothing, landing me 2 interviews. one to KPMG as a graphic designer (don't even ask, that position wasn't anything that i have in mind), the other one was to Rapp Collins as an Account Executive.
the one on Rapp Collins was a total coincidence. i was picking up my bestfriend, Dila, at her office. when i got there, she told me that she was still meeting her boss, but it was an informal meeting so she told me that i should just join her. i was sitting there while she was chatting with her boss, then she introduced me saying "She has a Computer Science background, so if you do have questions about computers, you should ask her!" *LOL* anyway, her boss was telling me that her flashdisk got a trojan in it, and she needed to retrieve her vacation pictures. i told her that she should try to put it on a Mac, retrieve the files, then reformat the flashdisk. at least i thought it was worth the shot.
then we started to talk, and she was asking me about what i do, etc. etc. not so long after she looked me and said, "I think we can do something with you,". she picked up the phone and contacted i-don't-know-who, saying "Do you still need someone for the Account Executive position? I got an interesting lady in front me. Can you please set up an interview with her?"
np: George Benson - This Masquerade
i sent my CV the day after, and got a follow up the following week, telling me that i was going to have an interview.
i went through the interview. i was just being me, totally clueless about advertising & communication and not even trying to look smart. i did tell them about my previous job etc. i got out of the interview feeling that i failed it. nonetheless, on my way home i decided to stop by at IDP.
just when i arrived there, i told them who i was and the rep told me to sit down. then the big news came, "We got the news a couple of days ago. I was going to contact you but was so busy that I haven't had the chance. Your application wasn't processed."
talk about unexpected turn of events.
i asked her about how could that even happened. i asked how about the other applicants, who also applied on that exhibition. she told me that all applications were being sent in 1 batch, but "OOPS!" mine was the only one that wasn't processed. they resubmitted my application, but she told me that i would most likely get the news by mid-January considering Dec 19th is the last working day before the long holiday.
np: Diana Krall - Jingle Bells
that happened 2 weeks ago, and that was pretty screwed. i rethought about everything again. tried to be realistic and thinking about how slim my chance was. first of all, my application was really late, and if they have a quota then i'm screwed. secondly, if i do get an offer letter by January, i haven't taken care of my visa.
ohkay, double jeopardy.
my boyf who's being such a dear kept on asking about my priorities. whether i really wanna go to school or whether i wanna go to work. i told him that going to school is and has always been in my plan. however, the timing doesn't really matter for me, as long as i'm not too old when i start the program. i only applied solely to ANU because it was some sort of a lucky draw. if i do get it, i go. but if i don't, it'll also be fine because i can try again the year after.
so backup plan.. backup plan... i was thinking about what to do next, because THAT surely wasn't something i expected.
np: Fourplay - The Christmas Song
a week ago dila called me, telling me that she accidentally met one of my interviewers from Rapp Collins. another unexpected turn, they liked me. she asked if dila can persuade me to take the job. so i called that same day, letting them know about my situation. i told them that i was very much interested about the job, so i tried to bargain about the salary.
2 days ago, they called me back, telling me that they couldn't give me the number i requested considering i don't have any background in communication/advertising. valid argument. but there would be 3 months probation, so we'll see what'll happen after that.
took me the whole night to think about it, and lengthy discussions between me and my parents. basically they knew that i'd be going to school anyway, it's just a matter of when. i told them that i can still try again next year, either for ANU or for other schools (NUS & NTU seems to be quite good options, 1-year-only program), but chances like this might not come twice. it's a good international company and this is a field that i'm clueless about so it'll be extremely challenging.
a decision was made, based on the discussions and my gut feeling. i decided to take the job.
yesterday i called them, letting them know that i've decided to take the job and they invited me to come over this afternoon to be introduced to my future team.
around 10 this morning, IDP called me. i'm accepted at Australian National University.
at this point i can only say that God has a very weird sense of humor, and that i'm one lucky girl. alhamdulillah.