Fo­cus on the pos­i­tive

New Straits Times - - Higher Ed - ZULITA MUSTAFA KEETHANJELI PALANIYAPPAN

SUC­CESS is not fi­nal, fail­ure is not fa­tal. It is the courage to con­tinue that counts, the late Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Win­ston Churchill once said. This say­ing res­onates with Keethanjeli Palaniyappan, 22, who was re­cently awarded the Pres­i­dent’s List Award for her ex­cel­lent achieve­ment in her stud­ies at MSU Col­lege.

Scor­ing a Cu­mu­la­tive Grade Point Av­er­age of 4.00, or four flat, for three con­sec­u­tive semesters, she owes her suc­cess to her family, lec­tur­ers and friends. She said this award is es­pe­cially mean­ing­ful as all her hard work over the years has paid off.

“I would not be where I am to­day without the bless­ings of God and both my par­ents who have al­ways en­cour­aged me to work hard, be hum­ble and pur­sue my dreams.

“Family, friends and lec­tur­ers helped me through­out the three years of my stud­ies. My suc­cess is their suc­cess too,” said Keethanjeli.

“Earn­ing my diploma in Med­i­cal Lab­o­ra­tory Tech­nol­ogy did not come eas­ily. I faced chal­lenges and hard­ships, but I have al­ways found a way to per­se­vere and over­come ad­ver­sity.

“Ev­ery­one faces hard­ships and has low points in their lives, but they need to work harder dur­ing those times, fo­cus on the pos­i­tive, and for­get about the neg­a­tiv­ity of the cir­cum­stance that they are fac­ing.”

Shar­ing her se­cret to suc­cess, Keethanjeli said: “I rarely burn the mid­night oil or do last­minute re­vi­sion as I be­lieve in con­cen­trat­ing dur­ing classes and I take the op­por­tu­nity to ask the lec­turer on the spot if I don’t un­der­stand cer­tain top­ics.

“Fo­cus­ing dur­ing classes is better than last­minute re­vi­sion. Af­ter class, I made notes to help me study.”

The Pe­nang born in­tends to pur­sue a de­gree in bio­med­i­cine at MSU

Uni­ver­sity in Shah Alam. Mean­while she is un­der­go­ing prac­ti­cal train­ing for six months at Pe­nang Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

“Be­ing in the med­i­cal lab is my pas­sion, and I am ex­cited to see where it takes me next,” she added.

In the case of Saba­han Ronie Boy Voo, 20, he has to be smart in jug­gling his du­ties as pres­i­dent of the Stu­dents’ Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil and his stud­ies at MSU Col­lege in Sarawak in or­der to main­tain his grades.

A Diploma in Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tronic En­gi­neer­ing student, Ronie scored a CGPA of 4.00 in his pre­vi­ous semesters and con­tin­ued to do well this se­mes­ter by ob­tain­ing a CGPA of 3.91.

“Jug­gling my re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as pres­i­dent and a student is dif­fi­cult but I am han­dling them pretty well. I just need to fo­cus,” he said.

Ronie has two more semesters be­fore he grad­u­ates. He plans to fur­ther his de­gree in the same field at MSU Uni­ver­sity.

MSU Col­lege re­cently held the Pres­i­dent’s List award cer­e­mony to laud stu­dents’ ex­cel­lent achieve­ment for the 2015 and 2016 aca­demic years.

The event was also held to in­stil a cul­ture of ex­cel­lence into achiev­ers and fur­ther mo­ti­vate them to em­brace com­pet­i­tive­ness.

Thirty-nine stu­dents re­ceived the award based on their CGPA of 3.75 and above, which they gar­nered from three con­sec­u­tive semesters.

Award re­ceivers pur­sued var­i­ous cour­ses at MSU Col­lege in branches such as Shah Alam, Sen­tral, Am­pang, Tereng­ganu, Seremban, Sun­gai Petani, Sabah, Sarawak, Pe­nang and Kota

Baru.

I faced chal­lenges and hard­ships, but I have al­ways found away­top­er­se­vere and over­come ad­ver­sity.”

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