ISKANDAR PUTERI: For most of her life, Kausalya Ranie Thanimalai, a former state runner, has sprinted towards her goals - which at that point was finishing first in the race she is in.
Now, the 18-year-old business student is running another race - to achieve her dream to be a psychologist here at the University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM).
Besides being a state runner, Kausalya, who went to school at SMK Puteri Wangsa, was also an assistant head prefect who scored 9As in her SPM examination.
Her list of achievements includes being a debater, a public speaking and storytelling competition winner, president of the school’s aerobic club and secretary of the English language society.
With such an impressive track record, it is no wonder that Kausalya, who has brought her can-do attitude along to university, was one of the 17 students presented with recognition plaques at the Provost Scholars Recognition Ceremony held at UoRM here recently.
The scholars are high achieving foundation and undergraduate students who received scholarships covering 100% of their programme fees.
“Education is very important but it must be balanced with extracurricular activities which keep our mind alert. Sports has always been a major part of my life and I have applied the needed determination, positive attitude and commitment to my studies as well.
“My mother, who is a sports coach, has also always cheered me on, be it on the field or in the classroom. She is always there for me and I would not be where I am today if not for her, ” said Kausalya, adding that her mother, Jayanteh Suberamanian, 48, has some 500 athletes under her wing at the moment.The youngest child of four siblings added that the exposure she gained from her experience both in sports events and school competitions helped boost her confidence and belief that she can achieve anything if she gives her best.Another award recipient, Loy Kah Joon, 18, said being a high achiever does not only mean being an all-rounder but also have soft skills such as communication skills.
“A good leader listens to others, learns from them and gives them opportunities to grow. It is also crucial to be a good listener and have keen observation skills, ” said Loy, who is in Year 1 of the Bachelor of Law (LLB) course.
Another LLB student, Shahiran Kamaruzaman, 21, said in order to shine above others, one needed to step outside their comfort zone and be ready to adapt and embrace changes.“Everything around us is changing all the time and we need to be able to go along with the flow. Always be positive and look on the bright side of things, ” said the first-year student.
University of Reading vice-chancellor Professor Van de Noort, who presented the awards, said
the university administration was very happy with the Malaysian campus and would continue to look into opportunities to bring more quality programmes to the students in this region.
“Over time we will look to expand the portfolio of programmes we have on our campuses and grow our existing transnational education partnerships such as the one we have in China and South Africa, ” he added.
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