Dear thinner, handsome, and old-version of myself,

I thank you for shaping me into the person I am today.

I am feeling blessed despite the odds of the Malaysia Government Movement Control Order (MCO) being implemented on the first day of my University life. It’s all because you saw opportunity in every difficulty, especially when you saw leftovers from your friend’s event. In all honesty, I appreciate you for being decisive, optimistic, empathy and open-minded from the beginning.

Thank you for coping through the hard times, and being decisive and brave even though you just stepped into your university for a few months. In September 2020, I decided to take part in the Students’ Representative Council, and I am more humbled to be given the opportunity and to be able to experience serving our students until now. After two years of my bittersweet service experience, the old version of myself had become a better person, who is willing to public speaking, stand up for students, and work with university management, yet still managed to maintain my integrity. I am appreciative of the gains and losses throughout the journey, had it not been for these lessons, I would not have become a more complete and fulfilled person than I was before.

Thank you for always being optimistic, and investing your time into university events. I started on a Multimedia Division Committee in my first university event which was called FCI Jumpstart Orientation. Although It took some time, currently I am the person I have always admired and wanted to be. After two years of hosting events, I successfully directed an orientation called Freshies’ Camp, and it was truly a beautiful experience. Organizing this entire programme with 57 committees was challenging, but thank you for making this journey bearable together, keeping me together and feel reassured at tough times. Long story short, the kindredship that was built and expanded unexpectedly was meaningful, and as the programme director, I am proud that they’re resourceful, motivated and capable despite the challenges.

Thank you for being open-minded and empathetic towards society. During the Covid-19 Pandemic, I started to become concerned about the suffering in the world. Without thinking twice, I took part in most of the social service programmes such as assisting the poor who were affected during Covid-19 which under the Tzu Chi Foundation, and volunteering for flood recovery projects under Multimedia University. Were there regrets? Yes, I had only conducted the Student Care Project once, it’s a project aimed to ensure that the welfare of the hostel residents is taken care of.

While people might say “Love yourself and everything will fall into place” I feel that it’s also important to know that “Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give”.

The boy I once was has turned me into the wise person I am proud to say I am today.

Sing Jian.