Well, I don’t have a particular story actually. My MMU story is just a phone call. That’s all. I was in my National Service (NS) during that time, I received the call from my scholarship provider and was told to report at MMU for registration. I told them I couldn’t report on time because I was about to complete my training in a few days. So, I postponed it and registered in MMU on the Thursday that I left the NS campsite. My first day at MMU was the last day of Orientation and the next week was a whole load of fun. Literally I was like ‘rusa masuk kampung’ (a deer entering a village, yeah we know it sounds a lot better in Malay) not knowing where or what about the Varsity. But yeah, that’s what has made me to be who I am today.
There were no expectations cos’ all I had was just a phone call. I was like, come what may; I shall survive day in, day out.
First day at class was fun and exhilarating. Since I had no idea of campus life and also the people around me, it was exciting. Tried to make friends but was very shocked when there were individuals who were very uptight and racially inclined. I don’t say this to offend, but more of a shock for me, as I’ve mentioned earlier. Why a shock? Because coming from a missionary school since primary, I and my mates of various backgrounds were one regardless of anything. So, first day into college wasn’t as what I expected it to be, but from there I learnt the many facets of people and how to get along with them.
The elective subjects are very interesting for me. Coming from an engineering background, they were a relief like finding an oasis in the desert. They allowed me to focus on the finer things in academics and it wasn’t the usual formulas and derivations but a much more immersive learning experience. Not to say the rest of the subjects weren’t tho, but this was different and I liked them.
Haha. This is a tricky one, I see what you’re doing here. Well here goes. The lecturers are really dedicated individuals who have put in their efforts and have sacrificed their lives devoting to teach me and the many other students. They know the best. Though, there might have been one too many times that things wouldn’t have gone as how I wanted it to be, I still respect them for from them is where I gain knowledge. But, I sincerely wished many times that they would adapt their teaching methods to be more interesting that would encourage and stimulate learning. There is only a handful few that I have come across that blew my mind away with their methods. I truly appreciate their efforts. But this yearning that I’ve mentioned is not one to put them down, it’s just that I realized as the top Engineering School in the country, the syllabus could be taught in a much more interesting and effective manner than the current manner how it is being presented. Much more, we’re studying in a tertiary education institute that should equip us with living skills apart from academic knowledge alone, which is paramount. I am really heartened to know that many lecturers are now adapting the Blended Learning method which is picking up. No matter, they’re still the best! Thanks to all my beloved lecturers.
How do I answer this? I’ll try. There were many, but the biggest one was handling myself. This is because, I have this bad habit of getting involved in too many things. Unfortunately, I can’t sit still, so I end up joining a lot of things. So yeah, picking where I left, time management was something that I juggled a lot with cause time and tide waits for no man. It’s very precious. I’m glad to tell you that over the years I have learnt how to manage time in an efficient manner. Besides that, the mind is also one that is a struggle. I hope I’m not alone in this. It jumps up and down like a monkey, I really wish that I could control it. I’m working on it. Lastly, money is a never ending struggle that I’ve been through. Haha! Living only with scholarship allowances was a roller coaster experience. It taught me a lot on the value of money, humility and survival skills. It’s a great teacher.
There are so many things. Which one to pick? Well, there was this one time during the Orientation programme this year. Standing in front of the freshies and also their parents at the waiting by the sides, having to address and cheer them up made me realize the size of shoes that I’ve put myself into. Then it dawned upon me that, this is the last and I have to give my utmost. I’m glad to say that I have and looking back, that’s the best memory that I could pick out.
p/s: I have some memory problems too :P
I saw the opportunity to develop a platform to propagate information in the University. Since the varsity is full of activities and event, I realized that the demand is there and based on the previous model. I met up with a key individual and spoke about my plans and started things from bottoms up. The starting was very challenging and uncertain as we were starting off fresh and anew. We lacked in many aspects. With belief and determination, things fell into place and we took off. Thus, the existence of the MMU Editorial Squad.
There were many up’s. It was very delighting to have launched out the first newsletter; The Herald. Having covered the convocation ceremony last year was the highlight of many events that we covered. Expanding the team with the committee recruitment was also great. And yeah the downs, lack of equipment in the beginning was slowing down but we managed to overcome that. It was really hard for us to get the information that we needed to cover for events, but we managed to work around it. There were many downs when we became very ambitious, I take responsibility for that, but hey, we’ve always tried to manoeuvre ourselves through it.
I came to an acceptance that time’s up for me and it’s time for the new team. Time to move on for me from the Press and also the University. I was very excited to leave the Press to the new team which bursts with enthusiasm and energy whenever they speak about the Press. Also hearing their ideas makes me a little jealous I have to say.
Well, my plans now are to find a job and secure it. The responsibility is kicking me ever harder nowadays. Thus, I need to work on it a.s.a.p.
I see myself in a well-respected organization in a key accountable position. Besides that, I also see myself holding many responsibilities involving many people in the times to come. I don’t know whether it’ll be true or not, I’ll work towards it.
We know that the outside world can be a harsh place, full of surprises, but we are sure you will fare well. All the best wishes comrade!