SECONDARY school marks a turning point in every student’s life, when they have to make a life-changing decision that will chart the course of their future journeys. During this period in time, it is only natural that they have questions about college and university life.
Stepping up to the plate are Taylor’s University students called Risers, who are Taylor’s brand ambassadors taking on the role of being the abang or kakak to secondary students to address their concerns when it comes to obtaining higher education.
They are part of Taylor’s College eponymously named outreach programme The Risers. A portal that not only features educational and lifestyle content, as well as self-help tips, it also provides an avenue for secondary students to interact with their fellow students and Risers.
Moreover, The Risers mobile application works on a gamification and reward system that will see secondary students earn points to unlock benefits made available by Taylor’s, such as access to workshops and exclusive events. This is in addition to fast-tracking their way to Taylor’s scholarships and bursaries.
The Taylorians participating in The Risers are a diverse bunch indeed - a karate athlete, a DJ, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) volunteer, a videographer and an aspiring teacher - drawn together by the noble goal of giving back to society by helping secondary students transition into higher education.
Bachelor in Science (Actuarial Studies) student Shahmalarani Chandran said, “I wished The Risers had been introduced to me in secondary school, which would have made it easier for me to chat with counsellors and apply for scholarships.
“After my SPM results, I had trouble deciding my pathway in higher education. Furthermore, I was engaged in international training programmes, which made it difficult for me to visit college open day events.”
A Taylor’s Sports Scholar, the national karate athlete who represents Malaysia at Asian championships said that her decision to join Taylor’s was one she did not regret, as her lecturers went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure she did not lag behind in her studies despite her hectic training schedules.
For Rodric Chan, who currently manages his own videography and photography company, the reason for taking part in the meaningful programme is to inspire the younger generation, just as one senior student did for him back in 2015.
“If I was 16 or 17, I would have told myself to network more. Networking with people helps build rapport and trust in the work you do, ” he said, when asked for the advice he would give to his younger self.
Through his efforts, Liew Kuan Jet wants to help secondary school students achieve their dreams and go out of their comfort zones.The Taylorian, who actively volunteers in soup kitchens and at NGOs in his spare time, regretted that he had not pushed his boundaries as an introvert in school and believes that the right help can help them unlock their potential.
He shared, “I was once their age and I know they can achieve so much more if given the necessary tools and guidance.”
Bachelor in Mass Communication (Advertising) student, music producer and DJ Yusef Kifah, who echoes Liew’s sentiment, wants students to live their best life.
“I want to apply the things I learnt in university to my music career. My advice to students would be to find your passion now, turn your passion into your career and work as hard as you can!” he said.
As for Bachelor in Education student Jasmine Siw, it is her hope to impart her knowledge to the younger generation as an “innovative educator that touches lives”.
She said, “I’m hoping to share my experience to the younger generation to guide them in their university life.”
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