A simple guy who loves smiling, photography and is willing to achieve his own visions. Hailing from Sudan, but currently residing in Doha, Qatar. He recently graduated in June 2015 from Multimedia University with a bachelor of Information Technology Management. His personal interests are watching FC Barcelona football games, playing basketball, reading, volunteering in events and listening to music.
I was immensely excited about the idea of studying aboard in Malaysia as well as having new friends from different backgrounds, races and religions. In terms of studies, I expected that I could survive normally, but then a five-year journey in MMU has taught me things that I couldn’t even have imagined gaining.
For my social life, honestly I had some difficulty in 2010 during Foundation year to make friends with my course mates, given the environment; I was the only international student at the time in Foundation in IT. The friends I had been only Sudanese students and some Arabian students who were my seniors in MMU along with a few local friends that I got to know from events around MMU. But then in my last semester in Foundation, I was finally able to have many locals as my friends.
I was awarded as the best OCTV member during the Orientation Program for June 2013/2014. I have also won a photography contest called Colors of the World in ISS Night 2013 at MMU Cyberjaya. In May 2015, I was awarded the Aspire Award in MMU Awards 2015.
During one of my semester breaks in 2012 in Qatar, I was testing my external flash drive and taking photos of my younger brother and then my dad was passing by and said to me, “Son did we send you to study or did we send you to learn photography!”
I just smiled and then two years later during my industrial training in Doha, the Qatar Tourism Authority posted one of my photos in their Facebook page and mentioned my name as a credit , that picture got 4316 likes, so I went and showed my father my photo in Facebook and then he smiled and said, “Good job son you can have some business from this photography of yours”.
So I guess the moral of the story is, you can show your loved ones that you can handle both your study and your passion but with a sense of professionalism and awareness. Steve Jobs once said, "If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don't have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.”
For intentions, it is also never too late. You might have tried so many things but couldn’t find yourself, but, believe me, one day you will find yourself for sure. In the words of Bill Gates, “It is not your fault if you born poor, but it is your fault if you died poor.”
That’s why life is short, so make use of it. I would like to conclude with something very special that Mr. Luqman Shuaib, the founder of MILE MMU shared with me some time ago. He said, "Tariq see this is how it goes brother, today there are many doctors and engineers out there, the question is where does their money go? To the other stuff which are small business or people with occupations that provide services which human beings need and require such as Teachers."
So the moral of the story dear MMU-ians, is that you have to look for other sources of income as well and not just stick to your field. Make it as “your intention” dear MMU students, so you can master it and develop yourself day after day. From the bottom of my heart, I wish all of you the best of luck.
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