Learn and grow with CIMP

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THE Cana­dian In­ter­na­tional Ma­tric­u­la­tion Pro­gramme (CIMP) at Sun­way Col­lege is a rig­or­ous aca­demic pro­gramme lead­ing to univer­sity stud­ies. It pro­vides stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to grow so­cially and cul­tur­ally through in­volve­ment in many of the ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties of­fered.

For 18-year old Eirene Smith, she found Sun­way Col­lege to be wel­com­ing, adding that the rep­re­sen­ta­tives were proac­tive in an­swer­ing ques­tions from her and fam­ily about liv­ing in Sun­way City, Malaysia, and the pro­grammes of­fered at the col­lege and univer­sity.

Eirene, who was born in Texas, the United States, lived in In­dia with her fam­ily for 12 years be­fore mov­ing to Malaysia last year.

“CIMP en­cour­ages stu­dents to man­age their time, be in­no­va­tive lead­ers and to be ac­cept­ing of stu­dents who have dif­fer­ent views from them. I learned the art of lis­ten­ing, in­stead of forc­ing my opin­ions on oth­ers.”

The best bits of the CIMP, she said, were that the teach­ers were the most in­volved in their stu­dent’s stud­ies, and stu­dents have many op­por­tu­ni­ties to get in­volved in ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

Com­mu­nity ser­vice also forms an in­te­gral part of the ed­u­ca­tional phi­los­o­phy and cur­ricu­lum in the pro­gramme.

Stu­dents are en­cour­aged to do vol­un­teer work, where they have the op­por­tu­nity to en­hance prob­lem-solv­ing skills, im­prove team­work and ac­quire life skills and knowl­edge.

Eirene con­trib­uted 51 hours, vol­un­teer­ing for Hospis Malaysia, where she took part in aware­ness cam­paigns on pal­lia­tive care at the KL Marathon; bathed dogs at Cher­ish­life Home, an an­i­mal shel­ter; and, helped with reg­is­tra­tions dur­ing the EduCanada Fair 2017.

At the CIMP grad­u­a­tion this year, she was elected vale­dic­to­rian.

“Like many of you, I have only been here for two semesters. Re­gard­less of how long it has taken for us to get here, we can all be proud grad­u­ates, not just be­cause we fin­ished, but be­cause we have achieved a Level 4+ in terms of ac­tiv­i­ties. To­gether, we ar­ranged and at­tended two Tal­ent Nights, per­formed in two Open Mics, won the ‘Ul­tra­bowl’ last Oc­to­ber and took part in the ‘Su­per­bowl’ in April,” she said.

“Be­sides that, we sent a team to the 24hr Race to raise aware­ness for hu­man traf­fick­ing and raised over RM2,000 for the Manna House. We have done more than 6,000 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice, and we raised more than RM10,000 for a school in Pa­hang. Now, for our fi­nal vic­tory, we are grad­u­at­ing.

“I urge you all, in this next phase of your life, to find some­thing to hold onto. For me, the buoy that kept me float­ing this year was my faith. Maybe your buoy is faith. Maybe it’s your fam­ily or friends. What­ever it might be, cling to it and don’t let it go,” she said.

Eirene started classes at Seat­tle Pa­cific Univer­sity in Wash­ing­ton, the US, in Septem­ber. She is pur­su­ing a de­gree in Global De­vel­op­ment Stud­ies.

The CIMP at Sun­way Col­lege has nur­tured more than 6,000 grad­u­ates, who have fur­thered stud­ies in more than 140 pri­vate and pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties over the past 25 years. It is an es­tab­lished pro­gramme, ap­proved and in­spected by Canada’s On­tario Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Eirene Smith

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