Acep is in­spired by toast­mas­ters

Science stu­dent grows due to his men­tor

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Name: Acep Us­man Ab­dul­lah

Oc­cu­pa­tion: In­ter­na­tional stu­dent (Mas­ter of An­i­mal Science at UQ Gat­ton)

Age: 28

Mar­i­tal Sta­tus: Sin­gle

What have you en­joyed most about your time with the Lock­yer Val­ley Toast­mas­ters Club?

I have a great men­tor, Car­olyn Becker, who al­ways sup­ports me to grow. I was so im­pressed that many peo­ple in this club have pow­er­ful and in­spir­ing speeches which I could learn from.

Why did you de­cide to get in­volved with the Lock­yer Val­ley Toast­mas­ters Club?

I joined the Lock­yer Val­ley Toast­mas­ters Club be­cause I am in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a mas­ter of cer­e­monies. But de­liv­er­ing speeches in English is not so easy for me. From the first meet­ing that I at­tended as a guest, I ob­served Lock­yer Val­ley Toast­mas­ters to be a good place to im­prove my pub­lic speak­ing skills within a friendly, nur­tur­ing and wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Have you met any­one fa­mous, who and when?

Idell Wadley. She was an in­spir­ing MC dur­ing Lock­yer Val­ley Mul­ti­cul­tural Fes­ti­val in 2017 and 2018.

What is your great­est ac­com­plish­ment in life?

I man­aged to or­gan­ise and par­tic­i­pate in some lo­cal com­mu­nity en­gage­ment pro­grams while liv­ing in Aus­tralia.

What’s the best ad­vice you’ve ever re­ceived?

Don’t stop learn­ing and teach­ing.

What is the one thing you would like to change in the world?

I would like to see all na­tions in the world be­come de­vel­oped coun­tries and peace­ful so no one is left be­hind and no one dom­i­nates oth­ers.

Not with­stand­ing the num­ber, how old do you feel and why?

I keep think­ing I am in my un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree, so un­der 20 years old.

What is your favourite hobby or re­cre­ation, and why?

Play­ing so­cial bad­minton every Thurs­day even­ing at uni with other stu­dents. It is good for ex­er­cise and meet­ing dif­fer­ent peo­ple. What is your hap­pi­est child­hood mem­ory? Play­ing a va­ri­ety of In­done­sian out­door tra­di­tional games, such as mar­bles and ‘en­gk­lek’ with friends from the neigh­bour­hood in an un­con­fined back­yard, so every­one could come and join us. What is your favourite lo­cal place to visit? Lake Apex, which is not so far from my house. What would you do if you won the Lotto? Get mar­ried soon. Who are the peo­ple you most ad­mire – dead or liv­ing?

I ad­mire Agus Ri­ady – he was my men­tor for both aca­demic and or­gan­i­sa­tion. I have re­ceived plenty of use­ful ad­vice to suc­ceed in my study and be­come a wise per­son and use­ful for oth­ers. I ad­mire Ba­gus Se­ti­awan Sa­trio. He is quiet but has an en­gag­ing per­son­al­ity. He is a good lis­tener and ea­ger to learn how to get in­volved in stu­dent or­gan­i­sa­tions and the lo­cal com­mu­nity, while he is still work­ing out his study time man­age­ment.

❝in­ter­ested

Iam in be­com­ing a mas­ter of cer­e­monies.

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SPEAK UP: In­ter­na­tional stu­dent Acep Us­man Ab­dul­lah joined the Lock­yer Val­ley Toast­mas­ters be­cause he wanted to be­come a Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies.

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