Unimas students begin science foundation programmes this week
IT’S THAT time of the year where SPM school leavers have to leave home and go on to pursue higher education.
For 758 Foundation in Science students, June 6 concluded their orientation programme which had started Wednesday (June 4) to welcome the arrival of new students for the 2014/2015 session at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas).
Officiated by Unimas Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International) Prof Dr Fatimah Abang, the pledging ceremony was the highlight of the Students Welcoming Ceremony for the Foundation in Science Programme where they recited the Acts, Constitution, Statutes and University Regulations, committing themselves to benefit from every opportunity at Unimas.
The orientation programme gave the students an early taste of everyday life as campus students.
During the pledging ceremony, The Borneo Post SEEDS managed to snatch a few moments with some of these bright-eyed, young students.
One step closer to becoming a doctor
Since she was a child, 18-year-old Josephine William had always wanted to become a doctor. By taking the Foundation in Life Science course, Josephine will be one step closer to accomplishing her goal of making her parents proud and also helping her family out.
She described her orientation experience as fun and intense at the same time.
“The facilitators make the orientation fun. I remember an activity called ‘Gerak Pagi dan Bina Insan’ which is about self reflection. It actually taught us to reflect on ourselves, respect others, and be more mature,” she said of the character-building session.
As for her new university life, she hopes that she can be adaptive to change.
“I heard from some seniors that university system is very different from school and I hope I can cope with the new conditions and environment,” she said.
Future in Neurology
Hailing from Melaka, this is Nur Izzadiyna Ismail’s first time in Sarawak. Like her course mate Josephine, she also aspires to become a doctor one day.
She hopes to specialise in neurology, an interest spurred by two reasons: her interest from watching medical dramas and, a more personal reason, that her father had passed away due to an unknown cause.
“When my father was sick, the doctors could not found out what was wrong with him, but it was something to do with his brain, and so ever since then I was driven to become a doctor,” she said.
For now, Nur Izzadiyana just wants to experience a full university life, stay focused on her studies and hopes to get accepted in her chosen specialisation.
Head for Science, Heart for Charity
“The orientation programme was momentous; the students were exceptionally high-spirited when they sang our National and university anthems,” she commented.
Upon completing her foundation programme, Awshareen from Penang wishes to continue a degree course in Connective Science offered at Unimas as she hopes to become a scientist one day.
On life as a university student, Awshareen wants to get involved in charity work as she wants to help the less fortunate and also improve her communication skills.
A promise to keep
“Before I came here, I made a promise to my parents that I would study hard so that I could become a doctor.”
That was Gelvern Rhobson Anchai’s pledge to his parents before he entered Unimas to begin his life as a university student.
When asked what drove him towards that ambition, Gelvern said that his family had a history of hypertension, and hopes that by becoming the doctor in the family, he could help them by treating them when they are sick.
Hopes in engineering
“Absolutely get some rest because I only had like, 2 hours of sleep during the orientation programme,” Fadzil Jufri said with a laugh when asked what he planned to do now that orientation was over.
That being said, it was not a bad experience for Fadzil, originally from Kota Belud, Sabah, as he had forged a deep bond with some of the liaison officers throughout his orientation programme.
The exuberant and easygoing student was really excited about his foundation programme in physical science as one day he hopes to become an engineer and a scientist.
Eager to start
Looking back on the orientation programme, Mohd Khairul Azwan Mohamed Noor from Sandakan, Sabah said that it was very memorable as he met a lot of new friends from different backgrounds.
In the near future, Mohd Khairul hopes to become a doctor as he thinks that it is a good way to help people.
As the coming week will see the foundation students begin their lessons, Mohd Khairul is eager to start and hopes that he can cope with his studies and all the upcoming assignments.