GETTING her Diploma in Business Studies did not come easy for V. Sangeetha.
The Disted-Star Education Fund scholar was a full-time student but had to work part-time at a cafe for her pocket money. She did not want to financially burden her mother who worked as a clerk after her father died five years ago.
Sangeetha, 20, from Alor Star, Kedah, graduated with a grade point average (CGPA) of 3.6 out of 5.0 at the Kolej Disted-Stamford diploma graduation ceremony recently.
“Studying required discipline, time management and determination and I am thankful for the scholarship which has helped me move closer to my dream of becoming a financial planner,” she said.
She stopped working only during the final exams week.
Her mother, M. Maliga, 52, who stopped working last month due to illness, said it was a blessing to have a hardworking and independent daughter.
“Her father would have been very proud of her,” she said almost in tears.
Sangeetha is now pursuing a double degree in Finance and Accounting at University College Sedaya International, Kuala Lumpur, under the Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities scholarship.
Yeoh Chun Yoong, 20, also a Disted-Star Education Fund scholar, said he was happy as he emerged the second best student. He graduated with a Diploma in Business Studies with a 4.62 CGPA.
Best graduating student Alicia Lim Jia Ping, 20, with a CGPA of 4.83, said she paid attention in class and studied consistently.
“I go out with friends to de-stress,” said Lim who wants to be a chartered accountant.
A total of 58 graduated with a Disted Diploma in Business Studies, 10 with a Universiti Sains Malaysia-moderated Diploma in Computer Science and IT and five received a Diploma in Hospitality Management from the American Hotel and Lodging Association, United States of America.
Air Itam assemblyman Cheang Chee Gooi, representing Deputy Information Minister Datuk Seri Chia Kwang Chye, said graduates must acquire communication skills and have the right attitude to be employable.
“Grab opportunities and exploit situations to your advantage,” he said after officiating at the graduation ceremony at Traders Hotel in Penang.