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Ritchie the tiger, I am

[I was staring blankly at my text editor for few minutes, because I didn’t know what should I be writing, hence I wrote about my writer’s block so at least my fingers started working]

It was afternoon past 2pm. Felt like an angel ruffled my thinking cubicle for which I chose to check my email account, then I checked my account at SUNY Buffalo SMART status. Both admission and i20 were pending (and still pending at the moment I write this).

pending status SMART

Out of the blue, I fired my keyboard and navigated to myRIT. Again, I stared blankly.

For 2 minutes.

Because I got admitted!

RIT admission decision

2013 spring? Really? Glitch? I sent an email to Mark McFee, asking for confirmation, and here’s the response.

RIT system glitch

Again, I stared blankly, and I forgot how to jump in enjoyment (because my butts were glued so hard). So, staring it blankly I did. 2 minutes. I didn’t look at my watch, but I’m certain. 2 minutes.

So, what’s next?

what to do next

I. Can. Waive. USD300. Admission. Deposit.

I think the time has come. I should prepare my speech prior to departure, plan what should I bring to the States (keropok lekor, sambal belacan.. maybe), I should get out awhile from my room and go the nearby road rolling on it for 2 minutes with total disregard of traffic. I should request royal military to bang the sky with 21 rounds of cannonball so my departure would be heard by the taxpayers. Thanks for the money though.

Oh, who’s Ritchie?

That’s the mascot for RIT.

What am I writing?


postscript: Wait. I’m still waiting for SUNY Buffalo.


[QuickUpdate] SUNY Buffalo yeah!

Seems to me the problem is solved.

so the problem is solved

This kind of sorcery, it happens rarely for only few lucky occasions.

postscript: This is a QuickUpdate. I’ll revisit this thing later on.

SUNY UB: need more prerequisite courses

I’ve been emailing SUNY Buffalo Biotechnology Department for a week, just to check whether we the Biotech students of INTEC can enter SUNY Buffalo for Fall 2014 (intended for Biotechnology).

First of all, what’s so special about this SUNY Buffalo? The images flickered, projected into typical Malaysian when we talk about Biotechnology is “the field of studying plant, and creating the alternative for oil for the fuel industry using biomass”. Ok, that’s quite inaccurate.

First, do read Wikipedia about Biotechnology.
Second, please read the job prospects.
Third, stop making unreliable speculations.

I’m taking Biotechnology, and I don’t really like studying plants. In fact, I’m pursuing my career path to be a medical scientist, and I want to specialize in Pharmacology.

Then, the images of studying medicine come into shape. That’s why we look at SUNY Buffalo, because the Biotechnology department is hosted under Faculty of Medicine, virtually giving us chances to don the lab coat and to look cute like a doctor.

But then, our dream to enter SUNY Buffalo close to gradually diminish.


Through the email, I was told that to enter as a Transfer student, intended in Biotechnology, you must’ve completed these subjects:


What’s next? Just sit, and do nothing. Pray that RIT will accept me. Or else, I have to opt for another alternatives.

postscript 1: What is meant by intended as in intended biotechnology?

postscript 2: Opting for MSU? Great, their Biotech program is hosted under Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology Program.

postscript 3: Upon looking at this, I’m swallowing lump. Big. Hard.

pharmacology there at SUNY UB

sending TOEFL score report.

Ouch. USD18 x 3 = USD54. And, obviously, USD means money (duh).

I had done my TOEFL long long time ago and I scored a blazingly nuclear blast of flying colors result; 102/120 *over-excited*. But then, I’m not here to boast how good I am conversing english and my proficiency on it because TOEFL is relatively easier (to my realization, yup) to any other english proficiency test. As for now, let’s send the score report. First of all, we need to understand the rule of sending score report.

TOEFL score report_0

1. You can view the score after 10 days taking the test.
2. You can add, delete or change score recipients no later than 10:00pm, local test center time the day before your test.
3. After that time, you can have score report sent to additional institutions or agencies for a fee.
4. You can send your scores up to 4 recipients as part of your test fee (before you take the test).

So, yeah. I took it on January 2013, and now I want to send the score reports. The fee?

USD 18. I want to send the reports to 3 universities, which means I need to pay USD 54. Awesome? Yes.

:: the steps

TOEFL score report_1

The next steps afterward should be self-explanatory. Easy, and don’t be lazy to read the on-screen instructions.

TOEFL score report_3

For RIT, the university code is 2760. Ok then, proceed.

TOEFL score report_4

And yes, please pay.

biotechnology Spring 2014, SUNY Buffalo

biotechnology fall UB

Thanks to Joe for pointed out ‘an error’ for the application to SUNY Buffalo. Navigate your browser to this page and search for Biotechnology. Looks like we, the Spring guys, got no luck to enter SUNY Buffalo (Biotechnology major) as for Spring 2014 intake.

suny buffalo problem

But wait, we are not that ‘unlucky’. By using a smidgen amount of logic, we could still enter SUNY Buffalo but we can’t enter Biotechnology department until Fall 2014 term. However, this theory isn’t rock solid and it doesn’t really hold water because I have no information about it. I just forwarded this problem to OSSP through email, and hoping for a fix soon.

applying to SUNY Buffalo

Putting 89% effort on completing this application. I want this university, but still I’m compelled to do extra research.

working on the application

SUNY Buffalo (also known as University at Buffalo, or UB) is a public research university. Yes, a state-funded university. This university, however, is considered as the safe school for engineering but a good choice for biotechnology. Rolling admission. You will get the admission result after 10 days you finished the application completely.

I had a chat with the staff. I’m transferring to this university.

as a transfer student

INTEC is scheduled for Eid holiday starting July 3 (last day). So tomorrow I will text En. Din for further confirmation/consultation/dossier postage fee. Regarding the admission fee, I need to pay USD50 (approx. MYR150).

SUNY Buffalo admission fee

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postscript 1: Sorry for the long hiatus. I’ll explain about my disappearance on this blog tomorrow (I guess). It is 2am already, and I need to wake up at 4:30am for before-the-dawn meal (sahoor).

postscript 2: SUNY 2014 application has been opened. I’m applying for Spring 2014. For those who wanna apply for Fall 2014, it is good for you to do so now.

SOR, FAS and translated SPM certificate

Hi guys, another update for your dossier and US university application. Before I start, you need to know what SOR stands for Statement of Results and FAS means Financial Affidavit Statement. Let’s talk about these 2 things first. As for my case, I need to ask INTEC’s OSSP to provide me the SOR for my Fall 2012 – Summer 2013 results. The OSSP officer said “you send me the dossiers and I’ll put those SOR inside it”. So, that settles it. Btw, I have no picture for the SOR. Sorry.

Talking about FAS, my case is a bit different. Instead of using OSSP as the intermediary to request the FAS from my sponsor (MARA), I need to step into MARA’s office at Jalan Raja Laut by myself. My friends said to me that to request the FAS, we only have to fill a form and give it to OSSP. See, I’m always treated as special one. And, unfortunately, this is quite a drag.

For the SPM slip, OSSP already have the translated version. Tadaaa….

translation of SPM cert

So you don’t really need to translate it.

That’s for now. Goodbye.

CommonApp & SUNY: August 1

I was resuming my application for SUNY Buffalo (UB), Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Penn State. I was on the CommonApp a while a go, and this is what I got:

CommonApp 2014 undergrad admission

As for those who want to apply for Spring 2014 term, you have to do that on August 1st. Same goes to SUNY applicants.

SUNY undergrad for 2014 term

For Penn State, the application for Spring 2014 is already open. Make your move now for Penn State.

The most important thing right now is… a loaded credit card. Later on I’ll update about the application fee for the universities stated above. Right now, I’m trying to contact seniors and also the counsellors (of the universities). Need more certain specific information.

dossier, stamp, and signature

Here it comes, the second episode of the story. So today I’ve finished another portion of this ungodly dossier-making process. It is about the stamp and also the signature box. Just because my former high school (or also known as secondary school), doesn’t have any stamp for verification in english, I need to order a unit.

the custom stamp

The stamp says

the stamp head wordingsJust that. Why I didn’t put the principal’s name? Because in the event of where principal isn’t at school / meeting, the vice principal or coordinator of department (humanity, vocational, science & math, etc…) can sign it.

For the recommendation letters, I specifically made them easier for the teachers: no need to stamp, just sign it. Hence, I wrote my counsellor’s name and my vice principal’s name and his/her position. In my case, I didn’t put any prefix like Tuan Haji or Yang Mulia whatsoever. Why? Because I think the western people just won’t get the meaning of that prefix.

the recommendation letter See? Simple.

For the official academic transcript, I followed Fariz Rahmat’s advice. He told me that I don’t need to make another stamp for the principal. Just write her name, position and anything that matters.

the official academic transcript


If you have anything to ask, drop me a tweet @aiFantz or just mail me at aizanfahri[at]

loading… and this takes time.

For the sake of keeping records and tracking progress, I think I need to constantly update about the progress of my dossiers. In the event of juniors requesting for information or consultation, I shall give ’em links and images as evidences / rough guidelines.

Since this is the threshold for waves of upcoming posts regarding university application for US universities, not so much information would be written. It is afternoon, and my tummy crawled for nourishment.

tracking the certs

Just being overly systematic. I used Spreadsheets (as shown above) to track the documents (copies of certifications in Bahasa, copies of translated certifications, copies of official academic transcripts, copies of letters and all). Done, just tick. Having problem, just jot the notes.

the packages

5 copies of everything (sum all of them, I got 200 ++ copies of certifications, but still haven’t done yet).

Completing the dossier is a considerably annoying task, and surely a daunting job. Fret not. Like having constipation or diarrhea, the trepidation and annoyingness would be eased out once the toilet isn’t the second bedroom.

More technical information would be posted soon here. Stay tune!