France Education Exposure Day.

While one might scoff at the need for one ENTIRE day to be ‘exposed’ to the ever-perplexing French education system, striding confidently oneself towards the extremities of this labyrinthine path of choices and écoles and travaux pratiques, we have to admit to wanting to know more when we were hobbits waiting to flee out of The Shire and into The Hexagon.
All references aside, the sheer practicality of this event, and its efficiency in achieving its objectives are proof of its necessity. France Education Exposure Day, referred to more loosely with its cooler-sounding abbreviation, FEdX, is a yearly event held by MASAF between the months of July and August (here, the 4th of August), considered to be the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of students brimming with a mixture of motivation, curiosity and even apprehension. The well-chosen target group include fellow students who are currently undergoing a preparation program in UniKL MFI and would soon pursue their studies in France. Using objectives set in stone as a solid foundation, the Academics Bureau rolled their sleeves to then structure and shape the event to its full capacity.
Beginning with speeches and a forum in the morning, made twice interesting and a quadruple more informative with the mustering of representatives from French agencies such as MFUC and the full support of all of MASAF’s own bureaux, the principle target of cramming a maximum amount of information and resources to the juniors completing their preparation programs in MFI was achieved, as foreseen. While ‘cramming’ is as harsh a word as any, information is key and here we have enough to waltz through any door.
To fulfil the second part of France’s famed moto, (it rhymes with Regal Tea, if you need something to jog your memory), and to cover all of the France prep programs in MFI, the forum conducted was assisted by panellists from different backgrounds from the scholarly realms of France.
To then ease the inevitable feeling of aforementioned apprehension and a sudden falter in motivated footsteps, the afternoon session was a makeshift campsite chat, except with no bonfires and experience sharing instead of horror stories. This little human touch of perspective goes a long way in answering personal questions and kindling a spark in the petrol dampened heap of youthful ambition. One has to admit; hearing the human side of the equation in the form of a sharing session where essential survival tips and life experiences are tossed around nonchalantly along with funny stories and hushed chortles woven in can be really inspiring. With this seemingly carefree activity, MASAF struck the second objective of sharing tips and experiences of living in France bullseye.
As the sharing session extended into nightfall, dinner was served in the main hall of MFI; a steaming plate of grilled chicken and fried rice/noodles. Drinks flowed as freely as information that night as students learnt more than one thing about their futures in France. For one, as an idea of what MASAF stands for began to set in, students obtained a ton of information from fellow seniors about the lifestyle and studies in France. Delving into the more technical aspect of things, the seniors and alumni were able to shed light on courses and domains as some of the students began to contemplate on their paths, as well as allowing the juniors to start building their extensive network of contacts.
To summarize with the words uttered by Akmal Sharil, the director of the Academics bureau:
“On behalf of MASAF, I would say that FEdX 2018 met its objectives in providing very useful information and resources to the students and motivating students to be more serious and attentive in their studies to make sure their dreams to be in France soon come true.” – Akmal Sharil
And thus, the students gritted their teeth in grim determination to blaze through their respective programs and step foot dans le monde français.

Interview with one of the participant, named Abbas.

Interviewer

In what aspect do you think you have benefit from the fedx events? (Lifestyle, course tips, exam tips, cultural tips, gastronomy etc. )

Abbas

 I think what really helped us are lifestyle and course tips as our lecturers here cannot explain it to us.

Interviewer

How much has Fedx help you in orienting yourself (give % and in an example of one of the most important field of exposure that you never know before )

Abbas

The recent fedx has informed us regarding the working experience which we did not even think before.70%.

Interviewer

Was the event cheerful & motivating ? And how about the organisation of the day ? Were the organising committee helpful ? ( you may name them )

Abbas

It was cheerful and inspiring to meet our seniors who have sucessfully entered GE. Only one thing that i want to comment, during the dinner, the seniors only miggle with themselves and so did the juniors. So what i am suggesting here, maybe we can arrange for the unformal talks during dinner time in the future.

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