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It is a little known fact that I, despite the horrific spelling and more than imperfect grammar exhibit on this blog, actually went to a proper university and gotten a full degree. To add to the horror, my degree has this gold emboss that says “Summa Cum Laude”, extra credit if you know what it means.


WOU Postcard Contest
I swear this is not photoshopped!

Back then, I actually had to fly half way across the world and went from 30 Celsius to -40 Celsius to attend a university in the land of 10,000 lakes. That was the meaning of distance learning back then, you fly over a long distance, and then you study.

Apparently over the years, that particular phrase took on a new identity as you can actually study from anywhere.

I think the whole concept of Wawasan Open University is a pretty sound, the physical separation of the classroom and student gives so much more freedom. Firstly, you save so much time from not having to fight off traffic, then there’s also a lot more flexibility in scheduling subjects, and of course, not having multiple big buildings also meant the cost of tuition can be significantly reduced.

Open distance learning has arrived in a big way, which brings us to Wawasan University’s Post@Postcard Contest tagline

“Your world. Your classroom.”

WOU Postcard Contest
I meant to type Driver, but it ended up with Drive (spelling arghh!)

My entry is “Swing & Study!” with the photograph taken during one of my driving range sessions at Sunway (I’m still quite a long way to improve before I dare go on the green). I find the repeating pinging sound of clubs connecting with the golf balls rather soothing for reading, or hooking up to the internet to find other information (learning isn’t confined to books alone).

Alternating between swinging and reading is also a very good way to switch between working the brain and working the body. Great for people with relatively short attention span like me!

WOU Postcard Contest

But anyway, I am sure by now some of you should have guessed that this is where I tell you how to join the Wawasan University’s Post@Postcard Contest, and more importantly, what are the prizes.

From now until 15th April, you can participate by snapping a picture of yourself, then use any image editing program to digitally add the contest stamp and a tagline (Bahasa or English) to it. Submit the completed “postcard” to the contest site, then post it on your blog or any social networking website (facebook/friendster, etc).

The winners are determined by judges (not another mere popularity contest), let me quote the website:

  • Contest winners will be chosen based on choice of location, composition of photograph, creativity of caption, facial and body expression and relevance to the theme β€œYour world. Your classroom”.
  • For the special prize, winners will be chosen based on largest list of β€œIntended Recipients” in their submitted form.

WOU Postcard Contest

And the prizes are actually very attractive too!

There is a Macbook air, Macbook white, and iPod Touch, as well as iPod Shuffle and a special prize of Canon 450D DSLR!

So guys! Where would is your classroom going to be? Cheesie says she’s doing hers in a toilet, so please come up with something original. πŸ˜€

Discuss : Study Everywhere, Even When No One’s Looking!

  1. wow, i am going to participate too

  2. nice reward

  3. Vivien,
    Good luck! πŸ˜€

    Maybe they can upgrade the 450d to 500d heehee

  4. Mellissa

    *grumble grumble* summa cum laude *grumble grumble* top whatever percent, whatever! :X

  5. What is that for? I dun understand…and i’m lazy to read! blek πŸ˜›

  6. Oh you went to St. Cloud? I’ve got couple of friends studying there now. Heard it’s a super kampung area….

  7. Mellissa,
    Heheheh mwahs!

    READ! cis!

    Hahah it’s not that kampung la, quite a nice place actually, an hour away from the Twin Cities. πŸ˜‰

  8. matahari

    ooo the cum laude days… i had it too… thanks to the many many godforsaken hours spent on IRC… lol

    Eau Claire’s also just as nice… I miss Mall of America πŸ™

  9. matahari,
    GOod job! Those IRC days were like, so long ago!

  10. interesting prizes~! wuah~

  11. You must be one of those kids…4.0 πŸ™‚

    Screw you!! LOL

  12. matahari

    LOL Paul! Good one!!!

  13. can’t agree more on the reading part. Books in Malaysia are too expensive, i get the same books at half the price here.
    book shops in Malaysia really needs to lower down their margin% and start selling more…. *grumble*
    KY: I will be back in May, catch up boh?

  14. How about studying with a cigar in the mouth and a wine glass in hand?!! Hmm..

  15. Lorna,
    Yess, win!

    No laaa not so keng! πŸ˜›

    tsk tsk πŸ˜›

    I think it’s the whole loyalty payment thingy, not so much of margin.

    Hahaha, wine and studying doesn’t go very well together. hehe

  16. Dude, summa cum laude…why the hell you even come back??
    It’s all virtual, you can also blog from the US

  17. thanks to ky and cheesie – i’ve posted mine too. hehehehe…

  18. Edmund,
    Oh well, the 911 economy didn’t treat foreigners well. πŸ™‚

    Hahah great! πŸ˜€

  19. Sixthseal

    st. cloud is a lousy university.with a summa cum laude or not,you still graduate from a third tier university.I would expect you to graduate from Stanford or Southern California.
    So please do not show off your qualification here.
    Thank you.

    Btw,you look like a ah gua.

  20. Sixthseal,
    I went to a university I could afford and made the best out of it. As to if I was showing off by writing this post is up to the readers to judge.

    Btw, you are the fake Sixthseal, nice try.

  21. The real sixthseal comments under Huai Bin, fake sixthseal. Hmm…this is confusing me.

    Anyway, on to more important things…studying while playing golf – great way to climb the corporate ladder. Coz I heard all executives play golf and deals are made on the green. I shall have to get some. πŸ™‚

  22. fake sixthseal: wah so you think that ky actually deserves to go to stanford?:D

    btw USC is not a great school either.

  23. Huai Bin,
    Yes you’re the real deal! πŸ˜€

    Hahahah, stanford I cannot la, stamford maybe. :X

  24. Sixthseal

    I graduated from University of Southern California the Trojans.Now can you all dig that suckas?

  25. Sixthseal,
    I’m sure you’re very proud of your university, and deservedly so. We’re digging it much, thank you very much.

  26. Hahaha…LOL..USC, if you are familiar with Western Ave and Downtown LA area, then you should know that USC stands for the University of Spoil Children.

  27. Please…University of Kentucky Wildcats rules!

  28. Edmund,
    Hahah well said.

    Let me guess, you graduated from there? hahaha

  29. Nice work on your “summa cum laude” KY.

    Stanford or Southern California? WOW, it’s total a shame that Stanford was forced by you to be placed beside USC, good lord….

    One being so arrogant simply because the parents can afford that. Shallowness shows in every word.

    I’m guessing KY could blog from USA but he missed the food here too much? πŸ˜€

  30. Leonard Loh,
    Nicely written. πŸ˜€

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