I like to quote the inspiring words from Nelson Mandela, one of the world’s most powerful leaders. “Education is the most powerful weapon that can change the world,” he said. I have never given up studying from the beginning of school until I reached the highest level, which is the PhD. I recall being 8 years old and living in poverty with my family because my parents only had a simple job to support 7 young children. They frequently reminded me at the time to study hard because studying would allow me to change my fate and family life for the better. It turns out that their words are true and what Nelson Mandela quoted is also a strong fact.
Based on my experience as a school student, I was exposed to a wide range of academic and co-curricular knowledge to help me become a better person every day. I recall being an average student in terms of academics but an active student in terms of curriculum when I was in primary school. This raises the question, “Do I need to focus too much on academics to be an excellent student?” This changed my perception of myself, and when I entered high school, I realised that “I need to balance these two elements to ensure I can be more successful.” Time passed, finally I was awarded by God to be one of the outstanding students for the Malaysian Certificate Examination. Because of this success, it led me to step into the world of university.
I participated in many leadership programs during my diploma and bachelor’s degree studies, which helped me to develop holistically. I was given numerous opportunities to serve as a facilitator, instructor, and emcee for various programs organized by schools and the local community. Finally, I was awarded many awards by the university and other parties locally and nationally. After finishing my studies, I worked as a temporary kindergarten teacher in one of the private kindergartens in Selangor. As a Kindergarten teacher, I always encouraged my students to do their best and not be afraid to fail. Because their mistakes will shape them into better people. When one of my students expressed concern that the “LEGO” he had constructed would not stand straight, my response was succinct: “Don’t ever be afraid, believe in yourself!” “I’m confident you can do it.” And I can honestly say that the majority of my students valued my instruction because I frequently motivated them to succeed and be more proactive.
As a postgraduate student, I was faced with additional challenges, such as the battle between mental and physical health while completing my studies. But, with the God’s grace, I was able to complete my studies. At the same time, I am frequently invited to be a motivator and speaker in schools and higher institutions. I always reminded my participants to be self-sufficient. By empowering themselves, they can become the best version of themselves, which will help them achieve goals that appear “impossible” to them.