Mo­ti­va­tional book ‘The Se­cret’ is Joanne’s recipe for suc­cess

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KUAN­TAN: The book ti­tled ‘The Se­cret’ by Rhonda Byrne is the se­cret recipe for Joanne Boon Shan Shan’s suc­cess that en­ables her to be con­ferred the Royal Ed­u­ca­tion Award at the 13th con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mony of Univer­siti Malaysia Pa­hang (UMP) here yes­ter­day.

Joanne, 24, grad­u­ated with a Bach­e­lor’s De­gree in Project Man­age­ment with a Cu­mu­la­tive Grade Point Av­er­age of 3.9.

She said the mo­ti­va­tional book taught her that she could get what­ever she wanted if she put her mind and ef­forts to it.

“Suc­cess doesn’t come easy. For me, the suc­cess of ob­tain­ing Dean’s List seven times through­out my study was prob­a­bly due to my strong de­ter­mi­na­tion to achieve it. For me, ev­ery­thing is pos­si­ble if we put our mind and ef­forts to it,” she told re­porters at the con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mony graced by the Re­gent of Pa­hang, Tengku Ab­dul­lah Sul­tan Ah­mad Shah, who is also UMP chan­cel­lor.

Mean­while, oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety of­fi­cer at a con­struc­tion com­pany, Mohd Ham­dan A. Aziz, 61, de­scribed his suc­cess in grad­u­at­ing with Ex­ec­u­tive Mas­ter in Safety, Health and En­vi­ron­ment as some­thing that he owed to him­self.

Mohd Ham­dan, who is a fa­ther of four and grand­fa­ther of nine, said he had been dream­ing to get a Mas­ter’s de­gree ever since he was young, but could not do so due to fi­nan­cial con­straints.

“I tried to get my chil­dren to pur­sue a post­grad­u­ate de­gree but they were hes­i­tant about it. So I thought, if they don’t want to do it, why don’t I do it?” he said.

Mohd Ham­dan also ded­i­cated the de­gree to his wife, Ro­hani Mo­hamad, 61, for her un­di­vided sup­port to him dur­ing his twoyear study.

“It was not easy as I re­ally have to catch up and com­pete with the younger stu­dents so that I will not be left be­hind,” he added. — Ber­nama

Tengku Ab­dul­lah hands over the award to Joanne at the con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mony. — Ber­nama photo

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