Nurul (front, centre) with the panellists (front row) and participants of the programme.

KUCHING: Forty students from Kolej Komuniti Kuching (KKKg) joined an Alumni Talk programme at Kolej Komuniti Multipurpose Hall, here on September 1.

There were four members of the panel who were also former students of KKKg invited to share their past experience and give advice to newly enrolled students who started their session on Tuesday (September 1).

The programme held with Psychology Unit and Industrial Training and Alumni Unit, was aimed to give inspirations to the new students and also to open their mindset to face various challenges in order to motivate them to be successful in their studies.

Elfy Fariza Sharkawi, one of the panellists, said students needed to be more proactive and tough in facing challenges as students in higher learning institution (IPT) because hardships and challenges is part of a student’s culture, regardless of levels such as certificate, diploma or degree.

“All of that will be sweet memories to you after graduation later,” she said, as a former student of KKKg in Fashion and Clothing for certificate level. She also said students should diligently ask the lecturer in order to understand the subject more deeply.

Another former student Mohd Rashid Ali also shared the story of his academic journey whereby he did not get excellent results in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination but he managed to get a job at a leading architectural firm in Kuching after finishing his studies at the college.

He explained that he was very grateful to be able to complete technical and vocational education and training (TVET) at Komuniti Kolej Kuching because it was his first step in getting to know the field of architecture, design, plan, building and so on.

“I call on all students to use the opportunity while at this college to study as much knowledge as possible and focus on self-excellence in order to continue their studies at a higher level after graduation,” he said.

Rashid was a former Planner Certificate student in 2010/2011 before continuing his studies to the Diploma in Architecture at Port Dickson Polytechnic.

Two other invited panellists Mohammad Fitri Khasidin (a former student of Fashion and Clothing Certificate) and Hamirul Ridzwan Hamiden — a former student of Architectural Planner Certificate — also shared their experience and success stories to inspire and enhance student motivation.

Also present were the deputy academic director Nurul Dafiqah Kamarulzaman; chairman of the KKKg Alumni Association Suria Deresa and psychology officer cum programme manager Siti Aliza Ajis Tumi.