Wednesday, April 20, 2011

IB: Kolej MARA Banting.


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Let’s continue on our IB discussion. (suka betul cakap pasal IB, I pun taktau kenapa)

What IB is like at Kolej MARA Banting (KMB)?

First, I think KMB is more like a school rather than a college.
Korang ada lecturer, kitorang ada cikgu.
Korang ada assignments, kitorang ada homework.
Korang ada coursemate, kitorang ada classmate.
Korang ada baju cantik pakai pergi kelas, kitorang ada baju kurung kasut hitam T_T
Korang ada cafeteria, kitorang ada DS (Dewan Selera).
Korang ada hari yang takde class, kitorang hari3 pergi kelas 8am-2pm 5 hari seminggu tak miss T_T
Korang ada gap between classes, kitorang ada waktu rehat fixed 9.40am atau 10.30am.
Korang ada lecture hall, kitorang ada classroom.

Dan lain3. Pendek kata, memang sekolah habis lah. But that’s the beauty of KMB. Touching :')

Daily routine
Class starts at 8am, ends between 12pm-2.20pm. Biasanya kalau hari yang balik pukul 2.20pm tu hari horror. Dah la balik lambat, lunch lambat, kalau makan ayam kat DS sure tinggal yang taksedap je. Lagi tragis kalau lauk habis wuwuwu. Petang, usually free je, unless nak jadi kiasu datang class/libary (it’s called Learning Resource Centre, LRC), boleh jugak. Kalau ikut Bella, memang biasanya stay lah. Solat Zuhur kat surau lepas lunch, then balik class semula. Sebab dah tau kalau balik bilik sure tido. zzz. Stay sampai Asar, then solat kat surau and terus dinner. Nerd, I tau. Tapi kalau balik bilik memang confirm tak jadi keje weh. Malam plak, kalau rajin atau ada group discussion, pergi lah LRC. Kalau rasa nak menggedik, pergi KFC (KMB Food Court) lol. Itu je kot. 5 kali sehari, tak pernah miss. Ceh dah macam solat fardhu pulaknye. Khamis malam Jumaat pulak ada ceramah, wajib. Walaupun selalu je ponteng huhu tak berkat der. Weekends, kalau tak swimming atas katil, outing, tak pun balik umah. Tapi nak outing/balik rumah kena book, bagitau warden siap3. See, sangat sekolah kan? :’)

CAS
CAS stands for Creativity Action Service. It’s one of the vital elements in IB that you must do in order to obtain a Diploma (other than TOK huhu trauma der). Biasanya kalau cakap pasal CAS, memang sangat sinonim dengan volunteering charity work walhal benda lain pun boleh claim CAS hour. Trend kat KMB ialah bila Year 1 memang gila CAS hour, sikit3 ajak member buat service rumah anak yatim ke apa ke, tak pun hospital attachments, dapat jugak CAS hour. Tapi bila dah besar sikit aka Year 2, tak pandang dah semua tu huh. CAS ada banyak, External CAS, class-based CAS, entah apa3 lagi CAS lah. External CAS is what you do fortnightly at the assigned centre (mine was PDK Kajang) while class-based CAS is your class project.

Hospital Attachments
At first I was told that it is compulsory to do at least one hospital attachment while you’re at KMB. This applies to Medic student. But me, being a so-so premedical students, I had my attachment at Ampang Puteri Hospital. Amik kau, private siap. Memang takleh buat apa lah. Tengok je dokter, lepas tu bosan, mengantuk, tunggu pukul 6, blah. Wahahah sekadar ada record attachment sudah. But if you ask my friends who did it at government hospitals, especially teaching hospitals, memang terbaik cakap lu. Ada yang siap boleh masuk labour room. Kagum weh. Walaupun kalau diberi peluang I taknak pun huhu.

Co-curriculum
Tak cukup dengan CAS segala bagai, we also have extra curricular activities like JPAM where we had to kawad3 kaki tapi disebabkan sambutan kurang menggalakkan daripada student, program ini dibubarkan sebab kena boikot. Hahah hebat gila batch kitorang boikot JPAM wak lu. Then there were clubs and societies – tapi kena pandai pilih. Sebab tak semua pun cam jalan. And kat KMB clubs/societies bersepah. Pilih je mana nak. Memang sesuai untuk memantapkan masa anda.

International Programs
Dah nama lagi world school an, so apa lagi, jalan lah. I had the privilege to be in Fish for Life (a humanitarian project we did in Jogjakarta) and to Borneo Global International Conference held at Brunei. Other projects would be Cambodia project, so far that I can remember. Tapi kalau untuk yang kiasu dan manusia3 hebat, boleh la masuk Olympiad, boleh pergi Jepun free. Huuuu. Basically if it doesn’t involve academic much, then the ground rule is simple – you have the money, you go. Sebab tu kalau tengok kat KMB, sikit3 fund-raising. Semua pun cari duit nak sponsor trip pergi mana3lah.

 Some have relationship problem. If you're an IB student, then IB is your problem. source


I had a freaking tough time doing IB. Away from family, poor time management plus kemalasan berganda, tambah lagi minat macam nak tak nak je. Honestly, kalau bukan sebab scholarship, I’m not even sure if I would stay, doing IB at KMB. But irony, because if you ask me whether to do IB or not, I would give you a BIG FAT YES. Yes, it’s tough, like really make you go crazy, gasping for air, trying to do three four things at one time, but really, bila lagi you nak test yourself? Takkan forever nak senang je? (gelabah gila walhal belajar lain pun susah jugak). You’ve heard it – IB is one of the toughest pre-university programs in the world, so don’t you want to have a taste of it? See if you can make it. Like I said to someone, let yourself SOAR doing IB. Yes, soar, bukan sore. T_T Despite all the emotional junks and craps I’ve been writing when I was doing IB (referring to the 2009-2010 entries), I would still say YES. Dengar cakap akak. Buat lah IB.


An IB student doing assignment. source

Edited in May 2013 --- I've posted another entry on IB in general, and the subjects offered at KMB. You can read it HERE. Alternatively you can click on the label IB and search for relevant/useful information - if there's any, good luck. However the latter has its own risk where you might find totally unnecessary pieces of junks I wrote during my IB years. Oh well you've been warned.

Also, I did IB 2008-2010, so yes, that's a million years ago. Things change (I know it sucks isn't it),  hence you might want to find more recent information on the glory of KMB and IB. Bahahah.

141 comments:

Anonymous said...

im thinking of doing biotech. but what kills me is should i state the pre-u i would want to do int he mara essay? and so should i say i would love to do the IB at kmb or just say a levels at KMseremban.

Bella. said...

depends whichever you wish to do - ib or alevels. and just state there in your essay, no harm. my friend actually wrote that she wanted to do ib at kmb (specifically) in her essay and she's now in ireland (after 2 grueling years of ib, of course). goodluck!

Anonymous said...

okay thanks. i more question, lets say i get the tawarn to do ib at km. does mara already tetapkan which country ill go or does it ALL depend on my ib result. because i heard that onlt the top 20 students at kmb je boleh pergi UK

Bella. said...

now that's another joke. the number changes from time to time, really. during my time, country of placement depend heavily on sem 2 results (we have 4 sem altogether). other than that, teachers' evaluation and mock interview also play good part. but all in all i would say, it's all rezeki. mmg lah uk bunyi mcm top, tp whats wrong with going to ireland? (in ur case, aka biotech, i guess it's canada, US, new zealand, aussie etc). rezeki masing3 lah. but i guess biotech lg sng kot nak dapat uk rather than medic. KOT.

Anonymous said...

ohhkay. thnks for your help cume the lat bit is not answered. urm mara mmg dah tetapkan ke which country we are going to go when dpt surat tawaran?

Bella. said...

oh sorry sorry. i guess my explanation agak lengthy kat atas sampai tak ter-clarify your question. my bad :(

nope. dalam offer letter just akan cakap program ape you amek (ib or alevels), course and the details (duration, amount of scholarship etc). mara mmg dah ada list of countries, i.e. uk, ireland, canada, us, aussie, new zealand etc, tp which particular country you get to go depends on your performance kat kolej.

hope this answers. kalau tak jugak, feel free to ask more :D

Anonymous said...

okay, but just to say this years mara interview dah change. they do group interview with 8 people and give tasks to everyone. when finished with the task everyone is asked one question about the task we did eg what values did we learn.. so x perlu kot letak tips interview mara.haha.. just sayingg

Bella. said...

oh cool. 8 org at one time, must be a stiff competition. thanks for the info, now i'm thankful i was born earlier :)

da stOry bEgins... said...

salam bElla
i apply mara schOlarshp 4 prOgram tEnaga pEngajar mara.sO,4 my Essay xtau nk ltk ape utk stdy planning sbb mmg xdE planning pn..any idEa Or OpiniOn???
Erm,sory lau ayt plik ckEt..tga nErvOus,haha!

Bella. said...

er. tenaga pengajar mara?
alamak taktau sgt pasal tu. program ni utk jd ape? cikgu ke lecturer ke cane? teehee serius no idea. tak membantu, sorryyy :/

da stOry bEgins... said...

Owh,,haha
act,dy lbEy krg cm ckg Or lEcturEr kOt,,
Ermm,,,cnEr nk ckp Ek
blaja tEsl/math/sc..lbEy krg cm2 la kOt,,hEe~
kitE pn xpsti,,

Bella. said...

oh okey, lecturer. tesl. math. science. scaryyy heee. tp serius mmg tak tau / no idea / takde pengalaman. sorryyy. goodluck anyway!

Anonymous said...

salam kak, saya nak mintak nasihat, kalau result spm phy a+, bio a, chem a-, akak rase saya boleh survive ke ib ni? terima kasih.

ninjakecik said...

assalamualaikum :) kak, saya nak tanya boleh? :D

saya dapat IB di KMB untuk perubatan. boleh tak nak tau subjek2 ape yang dia ajar untuk medic ni. betul ke overall ada 7 subjek? & betul ke kalau terkantoi kat mana-mana paper, means kita tak boleh fly?

Bella. said...

anon;
i dont think ib can be well compared to spm. result cane3 pun, tade hal lah. just work hard :)

ninjakecik;
total academic subject ada 6. and yes, more or less mcm tu la. kalau subject x meet requirement university yg you apply, then tak dapat lah. or another option, you pegi other universities with lower requirements. alah, belum start lg dah fikir kantoi, chill je dulu ;)

korang dedue;
congrats! ;D

Anonymous said...

Drama club active tak? :/ Club apa palingg active? sincerely, kmb 2011/2013

Bella. said...

drama club? they manage to perform outside kmb many times, so that's a good thing right? ;) but i honestly feel that music club mcm sgt gempak :D

congrats super super junior! :)

Anonymous said...

Akak , ramai tak perempuan , engineering, ambil ib dekat kmb ? (: and most students yg buat ib ,mmg dpt fly kan ?

Bella. said...

ramai je girls buat engineering. and alhamdulillah, so far mostly fly lah :)

Anonymous said...

ohyeah , thanks kak! im going to kmb next month .

arif said...

salam...kak, sy dpt wat IB kat KMB...jd sy nak tanya lah skit..kalu IB ni dye gne sistem ape...sy dgr gne cm sistem2 points2...ye ke??

Bella. said...

yes, total final IB pts is 45.

each subject the highest mark is 7.
so 6 subjects x 7 = 42.
42 + 3 bonus pts (TOK/EE) = 45

:)

arif said...

kak...boleh tak aklu sy nak PM akak...sbb sy nk tau lbh lnjut tntg IB ni..tu pun kalu akak x keberatan la...huhu

Bella. said...

email me at ryannabella@gmail.com :)

rule #1
no calling me KAK! feel so old T_T

Karen said...

Hey Bella, great post u did there. I still have doubts about doing IB. At first, I applied mara scholarhip taking TESL. In the end, mara offered me tindikan math/sains(program tenaga pengajar) instead. I'm not quite sure about this. Well, I'm not that bad in maths but I don't have that much of an interest compared to TESL. Furthermore, I'll be doing IB if I were to accept this offer and I know its tough. FYI, I got A for maths and A- for add maths(and they expect me to teach math). Other than that, I would like to know whether or not it's possible for me to appeal in order to change my course to TESL? **sorry comment agak skema, nak practice being professional kot -_____-

Bella. said...

hi karen =)

1. i really have no idea about how this tindikan thing works, so i can't say much. heck i dont even know the existence! T___T many apologies =(

2. you might want to clarify with mara yourself on whether or not you can change to TESL.

3. i think you have a good command in english there. no wonder you nak buat TESL =)

4. CONGRATS! (did i just put this at the end of the list? pfft)

btw where do you get to do IB?

PiNGUiN SUKA SUKi said...

best nye..!!mau jugak!!tp xdpt!!!sob3...coz dpt 7a jer..sob3..nyway!!haii~~~..n all da best!!

Karen said...

Thanks Bella! They're placing me at KMS. Is it similar to KMB in terms of the learning atmosphere or the kolej surrounding i.e buildings, pondok cendawan ala2 zaman skolah dulu and so forth..? On to the negative side(I feel so bad)are there people who actually failed their IB as in didn't manage to continue their studies abroad? Sorry for asking you too much questions. Hehehe..it seems like your blog is one of the most reliable sources regarding the IB (besides the official site of course)

Bella. said...

OMGOMGOMG love the pondok cendawan part! so nostalgic =') do we happen to be in the same school before? =P

unfortunately i cant answer that. i havent been to KMS not once in my life, despite being our (KMB) only sibling huuu. i'll try to get someone from KMS to share but no promises okay!

and yes, there were students who didnt meet their universities requirements and further locally. but the number is relatively small. work hard, and you shall achieve. (cewah skema pulaknye)

also, thankyou thankyou for the reliable thingy, at least i know im not rambling for nothing lol.

Bella. said...

btw people, you might want to check this link.

http://www.aminrukaini.com/2011/05/kmb-di-sebalik-tabir.html

amin rukaini was actually my classmate back in kmb. he's doing biotech, currently in edinburgh. a very nice guy, i would say. so sape3 rase mcm nak buat biotech and nak pegi uk, scotland, edinburgh specifically, sila3 usha blog beliau.

usha blog je tau, not the person! :D

Karen said...

Ohh so there actually is a pondok cendawan..hehehe. I'm not from mrsm but it wouldn't be a Malaysian school without a pondok cendawan right? Personally, did you have doubts about doing IB at first? I just want to make sure that I'm making the right choice here :P About the student yang tak fly tu, did they actually have to pay some sort of bayar balik thing..were they still being sponsored by mara after that?

Bella. said...

hahah mane ade pondok cendawan lah. i just thought that its so cute for you to say "pondok cendawan". typical malaysian school huu. and nope, im not from mrsm as well =)

to be really really honest, i had no idea what IB is when i first got the offer. i takpernah tau ib itu sgt ssh, and sape3 dpt buat ib macam pergh. (dak3 mrsm yg bgtau). so i just jumped into it, and of course, i had fun! and thats why im writing this, to share what ib is really like with all those noobs out there like me. but you guys are much more exposed to this than i was, i guess. kesian, dulu innocent gila mula3 buat ib :')

i think those yg further local, theyre not under SPC (skim pelajar cemerlang). i think so lah. mara still sponsor, but perhaps the amount they have to pay back is slightly higher than SPC kids. but no so sure bout this tho.

(im still picturing the pondok cendawan merah putih, thanks to you :')

Karen said...

Thanks so much Bella! U helped me A LOT. Could I PM you someday? Thanks for your time btw. Just curious, what are you taking anyway? Still in Msia? xxx

Bella. said...

sure thing! would love to hear hows it going with you and your ib. (i think im a bit exaggerating about ib tho -.-")

and yup3, im still alive and kicking in msia! =) im having a gap year. means that a year break after finishing ib at kmb in may 2010. will be sinking myself digging into books again this september. hopefully my brain is still functioning by then! D:

anyway you sound pretty cool to be a math teacher. perhaps you could use that excuse with mara to change to TESL :D

Karen said...

You make it sound like IB is my boyfriend. Is that what's to be expected later on?? Hahahaha! I didn't know there's a gap year. So in September, you'll be doing your 2nd year of IB?

Bella. said...

ib wont just be your boyfriend, it'll be your life okay! (i hope this freaks you out) HAHAH :D

ouh. ive finished IB in may 2010. supposedly i shouldve furthered my studies in september 2010. but having a gap year, i'll only continue my study in september 2011. one year break after IB before starting on my degree.

long story short, i am currently idling around, enjoying the sunshine in msia before freezing in the uk this coming september :D

and just in case youre wondering, no, my case is an isolated one. no need to freak out :P

dont you have a blog? i'm volunteering myself to be a follower. like SERIOUSLY.

kareenai said...

HOLY SMOKES UR GOING TO UK! My eyes are literally turning green with envy right now :P Puas2 dulu kat malaysia, buat tanning..cewahh. Nanti orang pike u latino mane sesat :P Yeah, I do have a blog, an abandoned one. Pathetic. Damn. Old and wrinkled blog. Hahaha trust me, you won't find anything productive there :P

Karen said...

OH..there goes my blog, exposed! Hahaha :P Welcome to my blog where you can waste your time, anytime. LOL

Bella. said...

tanning like pfft? typical malay do tanning, nanti org spa pun like wtf? LOL.

keep your blog. trust me. you'll need it to vent out all those emotional craps - this time in a more "mature-IB-ish" way rather than those emo teenage years. okay i think i just described myself -.-"

most important its because im going to do health-check on you from time to time. damn im good at stalking! 8)

one day i have kids i'll send them to learn maths from you. and they'll be screaming OMG MY MOM IS SO AWESOME SHE GOT ME THE COOLEST MATH TEACHER EVEERRRRHHHH! on their first day.

there goes. mental crap.

kareenai said...

Yeah, I'll keep my blog. To remind myself that I was once full of crap living the human life. Hell yea I'm gonna be the coolest math teacher ever! LAME-__- (that is how I motivate myself) *so much for being professional

Anonymous said...

nak tanya pasal barang2 yg kena bawak boleh tak. contohnya iron kena bawak x? or ada disediakan? and boleh tolong listkan apa2 barang yang agak2nya kena bawak and tak patut bawak. everyday pergi klas pakai baju kurung je ke wajib? pretty much boleh tlg ceritakan tak life style kat kmb ni. sbb saya tak pernah sekolah asrama. thank you

Bella. said...

1. iron i suggest bawak, just in case.

2. korang akan dapat list of things to bring dalam offer letter, take it from there, no rush.

3. memang wajib baju kurung everyday. no kebaya, kurung pahang, kurung moden, etc. kasut hitam bertutup. nanti dlm offer letter sume dorang explain.

lifestyle, pretty much like a boarding school, but without prep classes, of course. class starts at 8 mon-fri, abes dalam kul 1-2. waktu rehat fixed, makan provided kat dewan selera (DS). tapi ada cafe and koop just in case you nak beli anything else.

petang, malam, depends kalau you ada group discussion, nak study kat library, terpulang. your own time.

there goes your cycle =)

Anonymous said...

how about internet connection pulak? byk kena cari research tak? use of laptop is crucial la ni?

Bella. said...

laptop is crucial, if not vital.

having your own broadband is highly recommended. wifi ade kat bangunan akademik je, kat hostel takde. and pc with internet connection ade kat library, but limited.

Anonymous said...

psl laundry , boleh hantar hari apa and kena bayar ke everytime hantar? mcm mana nak make sure tak tertukar baju, sbb dulu kat my school mmg byk case tertukar tukar baju ni. study lamp, i heard yang pihak kmb sediakan? dlm bilik mlm2 ada lights off jugak ke waktu2 tertentu? takde kan? orientasi mcmana? sorrylah kalau my questions mcm bodoh sket, i guess i'm just being paranoid of this whole college thing.

Bella. said...

laundry twice a week, you hantar pegi bilik dobi sendiri. yuran dobi you bayar masa register, so meaning each time you hantar laundry takyah bayar lah. tp detergent/softener sendiri-make sure bawak! and you'll be given your own bakul dobi with your room no on it. so x tertukar lah. no worries.

each room 2 person, and each student dapat study desk sendiri dlm bilik, complete with lamp desk.

lights off, during my time, takde lg. taktau la skrg kan.

orientasi 1st week, mcm biasalah. college tour, introduction, bla bla.

it's more of a school, rather than college. university mmg tak lah. so takyah paranoid =)

Anonymous said...

kalau riadah petang2 kan, boleh pakai attire apa? and ada tak sport macam olahraga. 100 meter ke mcm tu. or free nak main apa2 pun?

Bella. said...

sports attire is totally up to you. and olahraga macam takde je? games banyak la. basket, volley, netball, rugby, football, badmintan, futsal etc. choose whatever best for you. and we also have a gym. though agak kecik la.

daniel said...

Budak sabah/sarawak tajaan mara untuk kmb dapat tiket penerbangan x or beli sendiri tiket?thnx in advance bella.

daniel said...

Budak sabah/sarawak tajaan mara untuk kmb dapat tiket penerbangan x or beli sendiri tiket?thnx in advance bella.

Bella. said...

kalau tak silap once je kot mara sponsor. pergi-balik sekali sepanjang 2 thn tu. tunggu offer letter la, i think they should mention in in there.

Anonymous said...

kalau nak share internet kan, sy ada trbace pasal beli router. boleh terang tak, camne klau nk pakai router?

Bella. said...

aiseh. that one not sure lah. boys suke buat camtu. girls macam noob je, so pakai broadband sudah :/

nabil said...

Yeah!!! Maktab Tinggi Sains Banting.. sebiji MRSM. Nasib baik tak de prep. flexible sikit. Wait a minute, ada warden ke lagi? :D

Bella. said...

nabil, the college used to be an MRSM before, just so you know ;)

and yes, we have superduper awesome wardens! ;D

atiqah said...

mana senang? econs ke business? confuse ni nak amek apa, math tak pandai mana

Bella. said...

org ckp econs lg sng nak score, sbb straightforward. you study, you baca buku, you score.

business plak more toward application. you fhm concept, you blh apply, you goreng essay, tadaa! kaw tim.

dr segi maths, both lebih kurang je.

econs agak ke-buku-an while business lebih kpd ke-pandaimenggoreng-an.

tp statistics ib kat kmb of course econs lg ramai yg score.

fauzy said...

laptop everyday kena bawak pergi kelas tak? ke mostly guna dlm bilik je?

Bella. said...

depends. tapi usually class tak guna pun laptop. unless nak buat presentation. and assignments semua pun buat kat bilik je kan.

Anonymous said...

can you please tell me what subjects can i revise at home mcm subjects f5 or f4? bio or addmaths maybe?
also,is there any books from f5 and f4 that is necessary to bring?
for girls kan, kasut tutup hitam mcmana tu? mcm yg pakai kat sekolah mngh dulu ke? hitam leather? or boleh yg fancy2 mcm clarks or any other brands. thank you in advance =)

Bella. said...

subjects? perhaps you would want to brush up on your biology. add maths pun agak lah, tapi kalau nak cakap pasal revision, bio, add maths, chemistry, everything helps.

you can always wear clarks, sketchers, even bonia, no harm. as long as it's black and fully covered, no peep toes or such. heels are fine too. but i suggest you find a comfy ones since you'll be wearing it (almost) the whole day, 5 days a week without fail =)

atiqah said...

alamak, fully covered? kalau bhgian depan tu terbukak sikit takpe kan, bhgn depan je pun

gheen giena said...

hi Kak Bella , i've just got an offer letter to do pra U -international baccalaureate in kolej mara banting. I've been reviewing some of KMB senior blog and found IB is toughest diploma programme. Plus, if cant score more than 35, u'll be like spm leavers back and just can pursue in IPTS in malaysia. i really in dilema whether to take the offer or leave it. your opinion please, thankyou in advance kak bella :)

Bella said...

gheen giena,

First, drop the "Kak", Bella is fine (:

Do it. By all means, do it. Not everyone gets the chance. There must be reasons why you're chosen, no?

Of course, I might be a little biased here since I'm an IB graduate, and no, I won't make it sound as if it's easy.

Tapi kalau kita kata IB susah, semua orang pun nak claim course dorang susah, tak gitu? Try tanya budak A-Level, mesti dorang cakap susah jugak. It's all a state of mind, really.

And forget about not achieving >35. There's always different ways of seeing it.

I came in unprepared as well, I had no idea what IB was, until I went to KMB myself. And Alhamdulillah, I survived (with some minor brain injuries lol)

No, kidding. If there's an advice I could give now after leaving IB for two years, it will be two words.

DO IT.

Ps. And dont forget to pray hard as well :)

amira said...

Hi Bella :) What about the bathrooms? It's not one bathroom per room, right?

Bella said...

Hi Amira :)

Nope. There's a huge bathroom (lol) with about 5 cubicles of showers and 5 toilets in each row of rooms. Haha seriously explanation tahpape -.-

Toilet asrama, enough said :)

Anonymous said...

Hello bella, i just gained admission into kmb and your blog post is very2 helpful! And i'd like to ask about the girls punya kasut. Ada certain type of black shoes je yang boleh or anything pun boleh asalkan tertutup? ( e.g ballet flats, converse )

Bella said...

Hello Anon!

I think they have to be formal, so yeah. Converse macam tak applicable je. Ballet, flats, pumps, not-so-high heels should be okay.

Anonymous said...

Halo Bella, just want to ask about the subjects combination at KMB. Can you please explain the pro and con between ECONOMICS, ITGS AND BUSINESS MGT? thank you!

Bella said...

I took Business Mgmt so if this info is a bit too biased or incorrect sorry for that.

Econs - The most popular one. You go by the book. Read the notes, memorise the graphs, you should be okay.

Business - It's all about application. You learn the concept/principles, apply it in case studies. It's all about "menggoreng" essay, really.

ITGS - The least taken class during my time. They say it's pretty tough, hence the number of students. But if you'e into IT and gadgets and stuff, it's very interesting (hearing from my IT friends). You learn programming, CSS and stuff (kot?)

It's really about interest, I think.

Sarah said...

Hi Bella! I'm going to KMB on this 26th June and i'm taking economics. I just saw the subject combinations and I realise that I have to take up Biology is it difficult to the max?

I'm very excited upon goin to KMB!

Bella said...

Heyya Sarah!

Uuuu excited, you should be! :D

Okay people, honestly IB isn't that tough academic-wise (I mean belajar la kat mana mana pun semua orang akan claim belajar susah, and who love exams? Pfft) It's more on time management. You have daily class, lab reports, essays, all the student-based stuff, extracurricular activities, and of course, your own LIFE to live!

But don't forget to breathe and HAVE FUN! And kirim salam cikgu cikgi kat sana :')

MIA said...

Hi bella, can we go home every weekend? How exactly does the whole outing/going home thing work? Terima kasih banyak2 for your answer sebelumnya, your blog rocks! :*

Bella said...

Is that MIA for Missing in Action or MIA as if, Mia Sara? Lol jk :D

Outing/balik rumah you have to "book". Like tulis nama bagi kat warden and then scan your student ID kat pejabat warden before you balik/keluar KMB. Macam check out-check in la. But I'm not sure how it works these days. Mana tau they have new system ke.

Andddd, yes YOU GET TO GO HOME EVERY WEEKEND OMG HOW COOL IS THAAATT!

Provided kolej tak buat aktiviti wajib la in the weekends la -.-

Good luck! :D

SitiHuwaida said...

Hai sis bella ! :)
Hope you're fine with the 'sis'. But if not, please let me know. huhu. ok. Firstly, i got lot of informations here. So thanks! Just maybe nak tau a lil bit more. Honestly, im just an ordinary girl. And i dont have any idea how i've being offered to cont my study in kmb. Really. Tak tipu. So maybe im a bit nervous about meeting the extraordinary students there. haha. And I believe, you're one of them. ^^
Just wanna know, is it true ib is that tough. you know, just like you said "IB is one of the toughest pre-university programs in the world". When i read that it was like wahahahaaatt??! -.-
Btw, insyaAllah. my course will be engineering. So, maybe you can give me a lil tips? And how do you think an engine students will be? Basically teramat susah or what. Thank you :)

matsaman said...

hey bella, saja nak tanya, are there any problems with animals? such as snakes entering hostels or even pest problems? and also are there cockroaches?? other insects getting into the hostel rooms? LOL
i got abit of a problem with insects xD
thanks in advance!

Anonymous said...

Assalam bella, i'm going to KMB this 26th june (for medic,alhamdulillah). I'm in dilemma about choosing between econ or business? I'm not really good in thinking out of the box or that goreng2 thing like u said..but between those 3 (econ/ITGS/business), rsenye lgi prefer n mnt bussiness. Economy? err..x mnt la plak tpi like what u have said, sng nk score. Any advice? N that kasut hitam t utk 24/7 ke? oh.ingatkan utk g klas je. one more thing, riadah wajib ke? N can u share the club at KMB? Sorry myusahkan tpi ke laman web KMB t x de la plak. n which club do u suggest? huhu..really sorry sbb menyusahkan tapi seriously very xcted nk msok KMB..new journey,new life ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi bella, nk tye sal pmbhgian class kt KMB, is it ikut that economy/ITGS/business thing? BTW,i'm offered to go to KMB utk medic, yeay! Alhamdulillah! any tips? sgt gemuruh nk msok kmb!

hasan said...

salam kak Bella...normally smua org lpas x IB ni,,and klau x lpas....what happen???..please bagi tips skit macam mana nak study and score perfectly...and wat should i take for the optional subjects...economy or business..??? Thanks earlier...

Anonymous said...

Hi bella, toilet kat KMB yang cangkung ke duduk punya? thanks!

Bella said...

SitiHuwaida;
Chill je :) Don't stress yourself. Tips? Work hard, play hard, pray even harder :)

Matsaman;
KMB itself tengah tengah ladang kelapa sawit, so what do you expect? LOL jk. So far insects and pests aren't the official problems, so I guess that's a good news.

Anon1,
1. Business vs Econs. Go for minat. If you ask me I'm not the type who goes by the book, thats why I chose Business. It's all about preferences, really.
2. Kasut hitam masa kat academic buildings je, and that's 8-5pm. Other than that, up to you.
3. Riadah tak wajib.
4. Clubs, you will be briefed later on during orientation. Chill! :D

Anon2,
Haah, class ikut that Econs/Business/ITGS thing. Tips? Have fun and don't forget to breath! :)

Hasan,
Alhamdulillah, the majority passed (and now all over the world). Kalau tak lepas, ada je options lain like local universities. Those subjects ikut minat, really.

Anon3,
Both toilets pun ada. But out of curiosity, I really want to know why exactly you need to know that? Seriouslyy? But at least I've answered your question :)

All of you,
ALL THE BEST! :)

matsaman said...

thanks! :)

Anonymous said...

Hey, assalamualaikum. I'll be entering KMB later this June. Nak ask about the attire. Everyday baju kurung is it? And tudung, we are allowed to wear any kind of hijab right? Not restricted macam UIA kann? And ada class at night ke? Thank you in advance! :)

Anonymous said...

Ohhh and one more thing, are we allowed to wear collared shirts to class? And how bout jeans? Sorry if I ask a lot :p

Anonymous said...

Will they take any actions to those yg pakai baju kurung pahang / modern? memang totally non-acceptable is it?

Anonymous said...

hi bella. IB program for archi n eng course samee x? cuz i apply a-level archi but then jpa offer IB eng. boleh tukar ke bile da msk kmb nnti?

Bella said...

All anons, (Don't you guys have names?)

1. Tudung asalkan tutup aurat.
2. Takde class malam.
3. 8am-5pm formal outfit. No jeans, no selipar, no baju leher bulat. (?)
4. Baju kurung pesak gantung aka kurung biasa. Keep the fancy ones for other occasions.
5. High likely memang susah nak tukar. There are exceptions but honestly tukar course is almost impossible. Almost.

Anonymous said...

haha. thanx bella. owh i thought doing IB ni ade 2 main stream either medic or eng, either bio or physic bagai tu je. then time nk pilih U baru pilih kos ape yg kite nak. e.g if i want architecture then i kene buat IB kos eng. bkn mcm tu er?

dan z said...

Hi Bella....from what I've read in KMB's students blogs other than yours, it seems that islamic dakwah is 'quite a thing' in KMB..how was it? Ada yang extreme or yang menjurus kepada the so called 'islamic political thoughts'..i dont mind dakwah as long as its not extreme. Thanx.

Bella said...

Okay sorry that I took aaages to reply ><

Anon;
Nope, if you enter KMB under Engineering, then it's Engineering that you'll be doing in uni :)

Dan Z;
Dakwah is everywhere, it's our tanggungjawab as Muslims what? Well I would say of course there are always people doing these things, reminding us to the right way etc, but it depends on us to choose/value them. So don't worry, as long as you know where you are and what you're doing, you'll be fine iAllah.

Soldier Of Allah said...

em i think i shloud call you kak bella , bes=cause baru 18 this year and i've applied for kmb ib under engineering , but spm saya 3a+ , 4a , 1a- , 1b+ , b bi , em boleh diterima ke ? lepas ke interview nanti . saya kepingin sangat nak pergi sana . memang tahap merayu , sbb kolej mara yg superb kkmb and kms la kan . humm , tapi bi x strong sgt . agak sedih . akak dapat berapa spm ? mesti terer . harap2 dapat la . untung dah jadi anak mara duk kat mrsm . mitak2 terpilih . hmm . nway goodluck kak bellla furthering your studies . hehe

Bella said...

Hey thanks! I'm done with SPM like aaaages ago so old already D: But anyway, all the best! Whatever it is, keep praying, rezeki Allah kat mana mana ;)

nadzirah said...

assalamualaikum...saya skrg form 5..saya plan nak masuk kolej mara banting next year..kalau nak masuk mesti kena straight a kan? bilangan A+ pula kena berapa?? harap bls

Bella said...

Waalaikumussalam Nadzirah.

First off, sorry my SPM was like, 6 years ago, back then it was still A1, A2, B3, B4 etc.. So tak familiar sangat dengan system A+ A- nih.

Sorry tak membantu sangat. But all the best anyway!

Anonymous said...

Kak Bella... cer cite pasal economic.. saye x tau econ nie psal ape n tetibe dpt offer... huu... rmai ke survive amik econ?

Bella said...

Econs.. As if..? Economics course? Err sorry no idea, during my time it was all the boring mainstream courses :3

Hazirah M. said...

Salam sis~ May i know what course are u taking now in Lancaster? Alhamdulillah i got MARA offer to do accounting in KMB (will register on 2nd July). I found that there is very few few few students (my batch) who ll be taking account in KMB. Or maybe saya yg belum nampak -_- Somehow i tak nampak apa2 subject yg menekankan account,only business and econs. So what's ur opinion abt that? Andd,i know this question is quite cliche but, mostly mmg dpt fly ke? (esp accounting student like me) Thanks in advance & Happy Rejab! :D

Bella said...

Wslm Hazirah.

First off, congrats! :D

Second, I'm in Leicester not Lancaster. Lancaster jauh gila like up North in England. Oh well not that it matters hahaha. Btw I'm doing Medicine here, at University of Leicester.

And sorry, I have nooo idea about accounting at KMB. In fact, agak terkejut jugak lah, apakah itu kursus baru yang ditawarkan? :O I'm sorry I can't help. But I'm guessing korang belajar both Business and Econs, dan mungkin Maths? Probably not Bio though. Okay this is purely a guess so kalau salah sorry again.

Tentang soalan cliche tuuu. Hurm. I'd say more than half dapat fly iAllah. But for accounting students, again, taktau. I'm guessing the statistics would be higher though (my gut says so heh)

All the best!

Anonymous said...

Hello kak. I've been doing some research on kmb and I can't find anyone talking about the books there. I'm offered a place in kmb and would like to prepare early. So do we need to buy books ourselves or will mara provide it to us later on? I am well aware of the price for new ib books, so it would seem illogical for mara to not provide books since it's kinda pricey and not everyone could afford it. However, if mara happens to not provide it, what would those people who couldn't afford the books use to study?
Sorry the comment is a bit lengthy and thanks in advance!

Bella said...

Hey ho!

Buku KMB provide - they'll give you handbooks for notes, exercises etc. But if you wish to have extra reference books, you'd have to buy them yourself (at your own cost). And yes, buku rujukan IB memang mahal. They're not compulsory though, and many survived IB without having any. I bought one dulu poyo poyo nak study lebih, in the end hardly ever used it. Personal preference I guess. Also, KMB ada library so boleh pinjam reference books if you wish.

All the best!

Bonafide G said...

Its quite Malay oriented in KMB I believe, really for the cream of the crop. But, I believe in the equality of everyone to be able to have opportunity to study overseas. In my opinion, Malaysia's education is sadly far from world class. I'm an IB student too, a Malaysian(Bumiputera)studying in International School Brunei, greater preparation for higher education. All the best, I'm planning to go to US, any question feel free to ask.

Anonymous said...

Hi!
I'm a hopeful Malaysian student who wants to study in the UK. I'm wondering what do you guys do during the summer break? It's 3 months long (if I'm not mistaken). Do Malaysian students just chill in their room, maybe go back to Malaysia or work part-time or something?

Anonymous said...

Dapat brapa points?
Could you list the subjects that you took?

Bella said...

Sorry it took me aaages to reply!

Most Malaysians choose to come home in summer depending on the length of their holiday, but there are also those who choose to stay for work or travel.

I took ---
Malay A1
English B SL
Business Management SL
Chemistry HL
Biology HL
Mathematics HL

Points shall not be disclosed though. Hahaha!

Anonymous said...

You did EE in biology eh?

Bella said...

Nuuuu I did English for EE.

anisah said...

Salam...sisi bella....actually I intend to take ib...I've already apply 4 mara scholarship in medic......but,what woryying me now can I survive doing ib...And untk EE ....payah x kalau our english is not so outstanding...n TOK it's hard.? Hope 4 ur explanation..

Bella said...

Anisah,
I would say in IB if you set an open mind youll get through just about anything. TOK & EE are essay-based but nothing bombastic about the English anyway. Dont worry too much on the English bit. TOK is a bit like philosophical thingy so again its not exactly hard. Im just not quite good at it. Lol.

anisah said...

Tq....another question 4 english subject, kn ade SL n HL....yg tu kta bleh pilih sniri or pihak kolej yg tentukan..what the diffrent between HL n SL...if we r taking medic kta x perlu ambik physic ke...

miyazaki24_ said...

salam . macam mana nak apply IB kolej mara ni ?? pls help me . saya tak tahu sangat bnda cmni .

Bella said...

Anisah,
During my time you don't get to choose. HL is higher level, as the name speaks for itself, so yeah, more indepth than SL. & nope medics don't do Physics.

Miyazaki24,
Apply through permohonan tajaan ke luar negara MARA something like that online after SPM results. There's no specific application for IB though. They decide where you'll be placed - A-Level, IB etc

Anonymous said...

sis Bella,ib untuk psikologi punya susah tak?...macam takut je.eh bleh panggil sis bella ke.saya pon cam waswas ok tak...ke baik sambung di uni tempatan

Anonymous said...

sis Bella,ib untuk psikologi punya susah tak?...macam takut je.eh bleh panggil sis bella ke.saya pon cam waswas ok tak...ke baik sambung di uni tempatan

Bella said...

Not sure how psychology works i.e. the course, subjects requirements etc so I cant say much about it. Sorry!

Bella said...

Oh one thing is IB takes two years so kalau ada any other routes untuk buat Psychology yang lagi kejap you might as well do that imho

Anonymous said...

sis bella kalo sy pilih ib untuk psikologi atau pasum asasi sains fizikal..which one is better.sy teragak agak minta pendapat..

naddy said...

hai bella. I'm a fresh spm leaver dis year. just to let u know that mara's interview for dis year is definitely fraking differ. Each participant has to wear the sport attire. u know its kinda crazy, aite? U are really lucky bcause u was borned earlier than me. hmm, btw, do pray for me eventho u dont know me. thnks fr ur post btw. it kinda helps me

Anonymous said...

Hi Bella! thanks so much for posting some info on the IB programme. However..kalau non-muslim bumi (like me) kene pakai bju kurung jg ke nnt? Or will there be other alternatives?

Syukri Fadzil said...

Assalamualaikum kak bella. nak tanya course seni bina at kmb dia tawarkan course yang macam mana? and dia ajar apa ea? is it basic or advance?

Bella said...

Guys sorry for the slow reply!

Anon1: I can't comment on any since I have no knowledge on any of them. But since they sound like two very different things, I guess ikut minat aka which one you're inclined to do, maybe?

Naddy: We all have our own times. Glad that this ancient post helps in some way lol. All the best!

Anon2: During my time, unfortunately, yup. Baju kurung ftw!

Syukri: Again during my time, takde course seni bina etc. So I can't comment on that. Sorry!

Anonymous said...

Salam, if you don't mind me asking, why did you take gap year? And what are you studying now? did MARA sponser you to study abroad after you finished IB?

Natasha Hisham said...

Hi Bella, I just wondering masa Bella study IB tu, the whole 2 years ditaja oleh MARA or what? Dowe need to pay for anything? Thanks!

Bella said...

Anon,
I took gap year as my university offer had to be deferred. Currently doing Medicine at University of Leicester, UK under MARA scholarship.

Natasha,
I think there are some stuff yang kita kena bayar, I cant really remember what, though. Rasanya masa registration kena bayar something, quite an amount too, probably dalam a few hundreds to a thousand? Tapi throughout the college years itself (2 years) kena bayar dalam a few times je. I'm guessing it's for hostel & admin stuff like laundry etc lol Idk. Also at some point you'll have to pay for additional fees if applicable e.g. UKCAT for those wanting to do Medicine in the UK, but this usually can be reimbursed by MARA later.

Heir Governer said...

assalam / good evening..
i just want to ask u about IB syllabus..is it same like any other foundation or what?if not can u list down the topic that will be learned in IB please?tnx! :D

Bella said...

Wsalam,

There's another ancient post on the subjects offered at KMB during my time.


http://ryannabella.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/ib-what-is-so-awesome-about-it-actually.html

Hope this helps!

Heir Governer said...

okay tnx 4 de info!
but can u do me a favour?

btw i just want to ask another questions..do we need to buy the books for IB at kmb or we can buy it anywhere?

then, can i know topics for each subject as i'll register at kmb about next 3 month..hehe..so i want to make some preparations..

lastly, is IB syllabus for maths,chem n phy are same as any foundation centres or not?

that's all..tq akak..hehe

Bella said...

Books-wise, I suggest wait til you start at the college first. The teachers might have recommendations on good books, or better yet, you don't have to buy anything at all.

Topics.. Hmm. It's a lot. And I've forgotten most of it. Sorry! But I guess brushing up on your SPM stuff would be sufficient.

Lastly I'm not sure how other foundation centres work. So can't really comment on that.

All the best!

Anonymous said...

Akak, thank you so much. Disebabkan akak cakap mcm ni, baru la saya rasa bersemangat sikit nak gerak KMB bulan june ni. Maseh kak.

fatin norsahida said...

akak, saya nak tanye .. masa registration day tu agak agak kita kena bayar berape ye untuk yuran ?

Anonymous said...

salam sis, i got accepted in kms for this july intake, for ib. tbh, i used to think that mara provides a scholarship for the applicants. keluar result iv tu baru tahu. bang on the head,its EDULOAN. So the word loan itself bothers me, until now. Kadang2 rasa macam nak nangis. I keep blaming myself for choosing mara instead of jpa for full scholarship T_T so, nak minta jasa baik akak bagitahu macam mana nak bayar balik semua tu. or is that possible for me to convert the loan into a scship? if yes, then how? maybe dorang ada bagitahu exact pointer untuk convert? please, help me out :(

Bella said...

Anon;
It's good that you feel that way. Keep working hard! ;)

Fatin;
Sorry I'm guessing it's too late now? :3 Can't really remember the figure though probably almost 1k or so.

Anon;
Most of the proclaimed 'scholarship' by MARA these days are actually exactly that - loan. Ours is a 'convertible loan' on itself, as if you will need to pay back a certain amount after you graduate. No exact pointers, though. It used to be budak medic once graduate takyah bayar langsung, however I don't think they do that anymore. Some will have to pay a certain percentage (1%, 10%, 30% etc) of their total loan. You CAN, however, apply untuk pengurangan kadar bayaran balik (that's what it says on the form) after you graduate, but all in all, it depends on their courtesy and to some extent your results I guess. My advice is, don't worry too much about the loan. What done is done. Should you decide to take up the EDULOAN as they call it these days, do study hard. Afterall for any scholarships/loan that you're taking semua tu to some extent duit rakyat, so tanggungjawab kita memang untuk belajar, it's an amanah. Think of it this way - if you get the chance to study abroad (say for Medicine) you'll need to pay nearly RM1mil for a total of 5 year course + monthly allowances. And you only pay back like how many percent out of it. If you want to compare with JPA, yes, they do offer full scholarship, but you are tied to them for at least 10 years (I might be wrong) but that doesn't apply in MARA. Last words, don't think too much about it. Belajar dulu betul betul. And with my experiences so far with MARA, I can vouch they WILL try to help you however they can when it comes to studies, finance etc. All the best!

Anonymous said...

Salam, kak. saya nak tanya. nak masuk kmb kena bawah tajaan mara kan? dan mara bukan full scholarship, tapi pinjaman. kalau dapat 4 flat pun masih kena bayar balik ke? terima kasih in advance!

Bella said...

Wsalam,
I think sekarang ni KMB dah amek private students. How to apply, tak sure la pulak. And rasanya haah, MARA sekarang generally kena bayar balik, at least a fraction of the loan, kalau bukan full.

Anonymous said...

Salam kak, saya nak tanya :)

Macam mana nak apply kolej mara ni ye ? thank u :)))

Bella said...

Wsalam,

During my time KMB ni semua sponsored students, jadi kami diberi tawaran/biasiswa dari MARA. Tapi sekarang rasanya dah terima private students, cuma tak pasti pula macam mana nak apply. Maaf tak membantu.

Izzati Mohammad said...

Assalam. Akak saya baru dpat offer MARA utk SPC program dekat KMB. Buat IB for Applied Science. Course dia in 2 years memang sama je ka utk semua course. Besides, saya kureng lah penguasaan dlam english ni. Can i survive there well? Thank you in advance (:

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nura yahaya said...

hi!!!!!! i'm a loyal reader of yours. i love reading your posts about pregnancy and the life of a doctor. i find your humour and your ability to pave your way in life without being intimidated by the future or outcome, incredibly inspiring. i want to ask a question about KMB as i have recently gotten the offer (thankfully) to do the IB programme in KMB. my question is, do I still need to bring an iron? untuk gosok baju? cause i know they provide iron board for each floor but idk if i need to buy an iron for it. also, do i need to bring a water heater? do u think it is necessary? thank you so much in advance. ALL the best with your pregnancy! praying for both you and seed! :)

Bella said...

Hi Nura!

Awwhh, thank you for the kind words. And congrats for making it - you'll have a great time at KMB inshaAllah!

Regarding your questions,
1. Iron - yes, bring your own. Boleh iron baju dalam bilik, takpayah tunggu turn. I had it last time.
2. Water heater as if electric kettle? Hm, handy to have if you like to make hot drinks. I didn't, and didn't miss it. Cuma water fountain macam temperamental sikit last time, so if you're picky about your water, bawak je.

Do you live nearby? ie KL Selangor area? My suggestion if you do is, go easy with stuff. The room's quite small and compact, and once you're there for a week or so you'll soon realise what you need. Then you can bring more over. eg, I had a simple rack to organise my clothes since the locker is like one huge space with no compartments, shoe rack (definitely, tapi share with your roommate so don't buy first), plugs extension, etc.

Bearing in mind that I was there nearly 10 years ago, (gasps!) take my words with a pinch of salt!

Good luck and all the best, you make me miss KMB all of a sudden. :)

Bella

Nor Farah Arina Binti Muhamad Her said...

Hi, my name is Farah and this July I am going to KMB to pursue my studies. Well earlier this June, I had registered for foundation studies in UM but after I receive the offer, my parents prefer me to be there instead of UM. Despite staying UM just for five days, we were exposed to so many things and the most that inspired me the most is regarding the events held annually responsible my their JTK which is their student body group. So is there a study body group to in KMB for our leadership skills? Or is it like MRSM all over again where they are elections. And are they any interesting tradition KMB?