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  • 8/8/2019 5.the Inspirer Fifth Edition


    Published by the Counseling and Development Unit, SSSD Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS

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    Ed itors N oteComing into the 5

    thedition of The Inspirer, we felt that it was the perfect

    time to take up the theme Change for this edition. In the past four editions of

    the magazine, weve talked about ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE and what it takes to

    achieve it; we also questioned UTP students are we truly WELL ROUNDED?

    Moving on we shared methods how to MANAGE YOURSELF and in the last

    edition we imagined of UTP students being the FUTURE LEADERS of the

    engineering and technology industry.

    All of our previous edition prepared and paved the way for this

    particular publication of the magazine. This time around the magazine has

    come up with the theme CHANGE. Why change? A quote that rightfully explains

    this theme is said best by Aldous Huzley, a prominent English writer. He said

    There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and

    that's your own self.

    As UTP students being at an age where we are at the prime of our youth,

    change is all around us. With each passing semester, we change classes,

    lecturers, our academic timetable and the list goes on. Yes, change to our

    surroundings is inevitable. The question now is what about the internal change

    within us? Have we progressed? Regressed? Or remained static? In terms of

    our maturity, character performance and way of thinking, has it truly changed?

    People usually want to see change for the better in other people, in their

    surroundings, in short in their daily lives. Significant changes that could only be

    beneficial for us, yet most of us fail to see that to change our surroundings or

    even other people, we must change ourselves first. The first step starts from

    YOU. Lets shift our paradigm and change our academic performance for the

    better, change towards fulfilling that well roundedness idea of a student and

    change for a better management of ourselves. Change yourself first, the rest of

    the world will follow suit are the insightful words by a well known Muslim

    figure Imam Hassan Al-Banna. With that, we hope our readers would enjoy this

    edition of the Inspirer and be inspired to change.


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    TI: What prompted this choice of change for you (from

    being a lecturer in UiTM to UTP)?

    PMM: There is always the push and pull factors. There are

    times when one has to move in order to improve onself. That is the risk and it takes a lot of energy. There is no

    specific reason why UTP; but certainly, the

    humanities and social sciences are central in any

    university. No university in the world can afford to grow and

    enrich its intellectual landscape without the humanities. And

    the humanities certainly has much potential here.

    TI: What does change mean to you?

    PMM: We have to be the change that we want to be. If we

    want things to transform, we first have to transform

    ourselves. Change has two faces - the world has existed

    without an iota of change, and the other, the world keeps on

    changing ad infinitum. In this sense, we have to understand

    our world and comprehend history. People who are ignorant

    of history tend to repeat the past. You can say things do not

    change if one is ignorant of history, because they repeat

    what had happened (or had not happened). The same things

    happen over and over again. But if we have insights into the

    past, we would not repeat what had happened, especially

    the follies and foibles of those who lived before us. But

    change should not be for its own sake. Sociologically, change

    must not be Darwinistic. We live in a secular world which has

    gone through the many phases of change in what can be

    described as the desacralization of politics, the

    disenchantment of nature and the deconsecration of values.

    Change may also be looked upon as a devolution. We havemoved away from the centre, the source of life and things.

    For the exclusive interview column for this edition, we at

    the editorial board had a clear vision who we would want to

    interview. He recently joined UTP in the Management and

    Humanities Department; quite a buzz had already

    surrounded him since he became a part of the university. Having abackground in Mass Communication, Pol it ical

    science and History, it seemed only right that he be the right

    person to talk about the theme Change.

    A brief background of this outstanding personality is his

    first academic appointment was as a lecturer at the School of Mass

    Communication in September of 1986. At that time, he had just

    came back with a Master of Arts in Mass Communication and a

    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, both from the University of

    Minnesota, Minneapolis. He was there for three years from 1983,

    where he first studied at the College of Liberal Arts, and than the

    School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the U of M. He

    obtained his PhD in the history and philosophy of science from the

    University of Malaya in 2001

    His academic and research interests include Malay Media

    Studies, Media History, Postcolonial Studies, Colonial Knowledge

    and Malay history of Penang/Kedah/Sumatra. He has published 9

    books and monographs, numerous journal articles and book

    chapters on those areas. He i s a lso a

    referee/contributor to such journals as the Asiapacific Media

    Educator, Current Sociology, Forum Komunikasi,

    International Sociology. Journal of the Malaysian Branch Royal

    Asiatic Society, Jurnal Komunikasi, Melayu: Jurnal Antarabangsa

    Dunia Melayu, and Southeast Asian Journal of Social Sciences. He is

    also on the editorial board of Analisis Sejarah (Department of

    History, Universitas Andalas), Forum Komunikasi (Faculty of

    Communication and Media Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA -

    UiTM) and the International Journal of Communication and Media(College of Arts and Sciences, Universiti Utara Malaysia). He is also

    an external assessor for graduate theses and promotions for

    professorships and associate professorships.

    Exclusive Interview


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    At the same time, we are constantly reminded to go back, to

    devolve to the source, the sacred and transcendent. That is also

    change. The sage, Jalaluddin Rumi once shared with us that every

    man yearns to return to his Source.

    TI: Can you share with us, meaningful changes in life that you

    yourself experienced and how it affected you?

    PMM: Every moment is a

    mea ni ng f u l cha ng e. F or

    anything meaningful for us, we

    cannot separate professional and

    personal life. We are not 'political'

    or 'economic' animals as assumed

    by the Western intellectual

    tradition. We have souls, values

    and emotions. It is not just the

    Cartesian Rationality that governs

    our every thought and action. We

    have to see episodes in our life as

    existing in a web of permanence and change working at the same

    time with us determining our fate and at the same time beingdetermined. For every episode in our life that we have passed

    through, it is only half of what we think we know to be true or of

    believing that we have taken the correct action. Because that

    'correct action' that we have conceived, may just turn out to be an

    error in our future life. We do not know until the next episode and

    the many episodes to come to arrive at a conclusion that the

    change that we have perceived to be correct has indeed taken

    us on the right path. We may never know. But what we should

    internalize is the experience of experiencing life. Experience alone

    is not enough, for the experience and knowledge that we have

    acquired may be distrusted.

    TI: Focusing on your background of social sciences, what

    significant changes that you can see taking place in the society?

    PMM: If you mean our society, there are many. But all these

    changes are not necessarily changes as conventionally understood.

    Generally, people may see change as being associated with the

    positive - people say change for the better; and in the modern

    world, change must be a good thing. But not so. One example of

    change (or it illusion) is induced by technology; and the defining

    technology in the modern world, to our society is the

    information communication technologies (ICT) - simply the

    technology that we use to communicate in all its ramifications - the

    new media in the computer or the cell phone. A common

    assumption in this case is that the Internet - a manifestation of the

    technology is critical to bring change in society. We assume thatsociety opens up, rural schools without the internet are assumed

    to be backward, would become liberal with the Net. But since the

    Net has been around, we see both liberalism and

    parochialism travelling around the world, penetrating our

    cultures and worldviews, and impinging upon our norms and

    values. The Internet has brought about some of the worst forms of

    extremism, primitivism and fascism. Is that change? yes and no.

    But I am sad to note that we still do not comprehend the meaning

    of technology as it impinges upon our cultural and political life, and

    our sacred worldviews. We still think technology as a thing,

    material in form. We rarely think of technology as spirit - that

    'animus' inducing its own course of action.

    TI: Talking on a smaller scale, what is your opinion of UTP students

    about change?

    PMM: I am not sure what you mean by the question. But I trust that

    you would not waste your talent and the opportunity to learn, unlearn

    and relearn in context. And I emphasise in contextbecause we cannot

    view things in isolation as if we are the center of the world. The world

    also changes.

    TI: Who among the historical

    figures in your opinion that has

    managed to bring change to the

    society and managed to change the

    course of history and why?

    PMM: Many. It would take a long

    list and so I shall not name any. But

    the course of history are

    determined by God, not man. But if

    we look at history as a secular

    process, than, man is responsible for what he has done. History is not a

    linear process. History is cyclical and circular. So, no one man hasmanaged to change the course of history, even the prophets.

    TI: What changes would you like to see in UTP?

    PMM: UTP can focus on engineering and technology, and

    maintain its vision and mission; but no transformation can take place if

    the humanities and social sciences are not integral to university

    education and not part of the intellectual production process.

    Engineering and technology owes itself to philosophy.

    TI: What does UTP need for it to have a change for the better?

    PMM: Time, people and wisdom.

    Exclusive Interview


    Every moment is a meaningful change.

    For anything meaningful for us,

    we cannot separate professional

    and personal life.

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    Nur Syafiqah were there to help me. They are the ones

    who have guided and provided me with all the

    support and assistance to get me back on track.

    In my second semester of my foundation studies, I

    became the committee member of

    Kem Penghayatan Islam which was the firstUniversitys event that I joined. What I want to share

    here is this event had opened my eyes and mind that

    our life is not just about getting good results or

    socializing with friends but there is more to life than


    Since then, my involvement in such activities has

    been more active and I began to change my way of

    thinking, appearance and also realized how

    important my contribution as a student towards my

    family and the society. Activities such as HELWI(Hal Ehwal Siswi), Ramadhan Discovery 2009, Ladies

    Valency 2009, facilitator for Minggu Aluan Siswa

    (MAS) were among the events that I participated.

    Now, I have found the true enjoyment in life. Being

    a c t i v e l y i n v o l v e d i n v a r i o u s s e l f

    development events has taught me a lot of things. It is

    part of our life to face some difficulties,

    tiredness at certain times but all this will make my life

    more meaningful. As a human being we will never be

    perfect but that does not hinder us from trying our

    very best to improve ourselves.

    As a human being we will

    never be perfect but that does

    not hinder us from trying ourvery best to

    improve ourselves.

    Nurul Ain binti R.Asman is the name that was given tome by my father when I was born. Born in Pekan, Pahang, I

    am the eldest in an abstemious family. Currently, I am

    taking Chemical Engineering in my first year second


    For me, being able to study in this University is the best gift

    that I have received from God since I have never imagined

    that I will get the opportunity to further my studies here.

    My parents never push me into doing something. They

    have instilled in me that I have to make my own decisions.

    Again, I am very grateful to God that I am here in UTP

    continuing my studies.

    During my foundation year, life was very challenging as I

    needed to adapt to the University life. I faced

    difficulties in managing my time and also

    understanding all the subjects. Once again I am

    grateful to the Most Merciful as He did not let me fend for

    my own. Two of my schoolmates, Nurul Hamizah and


    How UTPChanged Me

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    He changed me and others too.

    His name is Fikri. He is 176cm tall with a broad

    chest, a solid built of a rugby player. He has fair skin,

    straight hair and a face full of smiles. Friendly,

    intelligent and talented. Yet only a few knew the

    tragedy that changed him.

    It was about midnight that day, when we were

    in our dormitory after just finishing our prep class.

    Tomorrow, the new prefect line up will be

    announced. Fikri is one of the candidates who has the

    potential to become the next head boy and yet he

    looked calm and sober, while everybody else seemed

    anxious. I sat next to him in the middle of the room

    and told him that he is going to be head boy, so be

    prepared. He sighed and strangely remained quiet.

    I was surprised, unable to think of what else to

    say. Suddenly, he spoke, I fear peoples expectation

    of me is too great. I fear that I might not fulfil my duty

    once appointed.

    Of course you can. Everybody believes you

    can. You should believe in yourself too. As friends, we

    will support you. In fact the whole school is betting on

    you I replied, trying to clear his worries.

    You know, I am thinking of what my late

    parents would expect of me if they are still alive. At

    moments like this, one really needs parental advice

    you know and I cant get one. he said.

    I was speechless. All my sympathy and

    compassion exploded deep down in my heart. I felt

    sorry for him for his lost. All I knew until now was he

    had lost them in a car accident but never the details

    as no one dared to ask; afraid of hurting his feelings.

    Now, he himself willingly telling I cannot help much,I thought, but at least I can be an attentive listener.

    Word by word, he told me the sad story of the

    day his parents and little sister died.


    It was on a lovely morning. Fikri was

    packing his jerseys, sport shoes and towel. The district

    level volleyball competition is waiting. At the dining

    table, his father and mother, both teachers, wished

    him good luck and all the best while they were havingbreakfast together. He is the second in the family, and

    his brother was in a residential school at that time. He

    has two little sisters. One had already departed for school and

    the youngest, with her beautiful smile was sitting beside himenjoying her breakfast. This was their last breakfast together.

    While walking to his coachs van, waiting outside the

    front gate, a feeling of an unknown origin grabbed his gut.

    Dont leave a voice whispered. He felt something bad might

    happen but didnt know what it was. He quickly shrugged off

    the sensation, turned to the door and saw his mother and little

    sister waving to him. He felt more comfortable and waved back.

    He was determined to win todays competition; so he



    Half an hour later he was in the court spiking his way to

    victory. Nothing in the court could stop his fast ball. Known for

    The Killer Spike, Fikri can spike the ball at sharp angles, leaving

    opponents with opened mouth as the ball hits the ground.

    Winning seemed not so far away but the horrifying news of his

    familys death shattered everything.

    He was called out by his coach, and he whispered

    something to him. He was stunned and nearly fainted. The

    world seemed to be at an end to him. He felt all his organs werebeing pulled out. His heart was being scrubbed with nails and

    the pain was unbearable. He just wanted to die and die quickly.

    He was lost, not knowing what to do. The coach grabbed him,

    telling him to be patient. He lost his family in a car accident.

    Tears broke at the police station when he was asked to

    identify his parents and little sister. Since he is old enough and

    the only remaining member left in close proximity, he dragged

    his heavy feet into the police station. He moaned even harder

    when he saw their bodies. The remains were shredded, their

    faces blacken by dried blood; they were wounded badly to the

    point of beyond recognition.

    The Observer


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    From that moment, he changed. His character

    turned upside down. He skipped school, joined a Grunch

    group, smoke; he was in a deep lost; lost of love, company

    and care. The tragedy affected his emotion, judgement,

    and personality. He became hot tempered, abusive, and

    vicious. His brother, who came back from his residential

    school a few days later, can hardly control Fikri anymore.

    Their granny, the legal guardian now, tried to calm him

    down but everything failed.

    She decided to transfer him to another school.

    Perhaps Fikri was so disturbed by being at the school his

    late parents once taught, that moving to another school

    might ease his load of past nostalgia. In two months time,

    he is going to face the UPSR examinations, the most

    important national examination for primary schoolstudents, and she feared he would not be able to face it.


    At that time, many relatives came, to put up my

    spirit again. I dismissed them. But, there was this teacher

    from my new school who came and offered to teach me

    as the exam was getting closer. I was reluctant initially,

    but somehow I could see that he was really worried about

    me. I saw it from his eyes. continued Fikri.

    So I went to his house for one hour every night,

    trying to regain control of myself and my studies. If my

    parents were still alive, he said, they would want me

    to carry on too and do the best in my life. Two month is

    enough if I work hard. The important thing is to forget the

    past and move on which, I did.


    Fikri slowly recovered from his depression with the

    help of the teacher, his brother and granny. He decided

    not to cry anymore and let the death of his parent and

    little sister to be the last thing he wept for. He wanted to

    prove to everyone else and most

    importantly to himself that he

    can succeed in UPSR.

    From one hour, now he

    took two hours studying at the

    teachers house and added two

    hours more for personal revision in the evening. It was hard

    indeed; to forget the tragedy while remaking his life. He

    was just 12 while undergoing this difficult time. But through

    sheer determination and realization, step by step he

    emerged from the slump he had been for a month and built

    up new hopes.


    I got through. 5As. Perhaps for anyone else, the

    success means going to a good secondary school, but for

    me, I was a symbol of reborn. To be able to surpass the

    sadness and surface again is the true

    satisfaction for me and the result is the vital point of that. I

    was being reborn again; to accept the fact and use it as

    motivation instead of destruction he said.

    And now I believe if my parents are still alive, they

    will be proud of me too. I can feel it because their love for

    me was very great. There were times when I missed them

    so much, I told myself to work hard and achieve success, as

    they are smiling for everything that I did. They missed me


    Im sure they are I added.

    Take care of your parents, buddy, while they are still

    around. You are going to miss them. Do whatever you can

    to make them happy now and even after they are gone.

    The love of our parents affect us even after they have died.

    That was what changed me; the love of my parents. Their

    desire to see me becoming a successful man is the thing I

    carry until now. So should you. he said.

    I was about to cry when he said,

    Now, thanks for helping me find the content of my

    speech. Parental love and success

    I smiled.

    I was being reborn again;

    to accept the fact and use it

    as motivation instead ofdestruction he said.

    The Observer


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    We will not change as long as we are not threatened

    with danger or maybe extinction. There will be no fix resolutionuntil the danger is in front of our very eyes. A quote from

    Sun Tzu, Myriad single minded men cannot be defeated, let

    alone desperadoes several time that number. A resolute

    change and adjustment will happen only when the situation

    became desperate. If theres no danger, theres no change.

    Take lesson from the story of a frog inside a pot. First,

    the frog jumps into a pot with a fire below it. Initially, the water

    is cool. The frog ignores it. Then the water becomes warmer.

    The frog feels more comfortable. After that, the water reaches

    a high temperature. The frog feels the heat and pain but he

    cannot jump out of the pot since he had no energy after he felttoo comfortable. In the end, the frog dies.

    Let us learn from these. Do not be an ignorant person.

    When desperate time comes, we are not prepared and

    helpless. Lastly, we are defeated.

    In the real life, we should monitor ourselves. Are we

    becoming better each day or we are spiralling downwards.

    Spend some time each day to recap and evaluate ourselves. By

    doing this, we will be aware of what actually happens to us.

    Only then we can make adjustments and changes to improve


    In the real life, the thing we have to monitor are:

    academic performance

    our expenses

    relationship with others

    most important, ourIman andTaqwa of the day.

    Muhamad Bin Hasan Azhari

    Foundation 2nd Semester Student - ME

    Inspired by: Muhammad Bin Abdulhadi

    A thought crosses my mind to share some

    experience from the Convofair Family Day nearly

    two months ago. On our way to Gunung Jerai, we

    had watched a movie entitled The Day The Earth

    Stood Still starring Keanu Keeves.

    The film is about an alien in the form of a

    human (Keanu Reeves), who was sent to earth. At

    first, the aliens mission is to save all the creatures

    of the earth except mankind itself. The rescued

    creatures would be transported from earth via thealiens space crafts. One of the characters in the

    movie asked the alien why he wanted to save all

    other life forms but not human beings. The answer

    is because human being caused the self

    destruction of earth in the first place. According to

    the aliens theory if earth is destroyed, then

    mankind perish. However, if mankind is destroyed,

    then the earth will be preserved.

    After that, the people started to convince

    the alien to give mankind the chance to live. So,

    they met a Nobel Prize winner saying that eachcivilisation in the world has their own critical era, at

    that particular time, if the people in the civilisation

    did not change themselves, the civilisation will fall.

    On the other hand, if the people do change

    themselves, they all will be safe. Thus, according to

    the Nobel Prize winner, this is the critical era of

    mankind. Mankind still capable to change, it is not

    acceptable for the alien to steal the chance for

    change from them. When the alien was asked

    about how their civilisation can survive until now,

    he answered that they did realise and change

    themselves when their sun is about to ruin.

    The conversation stopped there

    because the military arrived. To shorten the story,

    the boy treated the alien badly. However the boy

    changed his perception of the alien after he was

    saved from drowning in a river. The alien also

    watched an incident where a mother sacrificed

    herself to save her child. These had changed the

    perception of the alien which later helped the

    human being from being destroyed.



    What If ?

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    The world is always changing. Nothing stays the same. 10 years

    ago, mobile phones are a luxury, but now, it is a necessity. Before, only

    rich people can afford to own mobile phones.

    Contradiction today, even our brothers in primary school have them.

    Living a campus life, change is inevitable. Every semester is

    different in some ways. To detect the changes is one thing. To cope with

    it, is another thing. Have you ever notice that, some of our colleagues

    always thrive in what they do. These are people that adapt to changes

    accordingly and successfully. On the other hand, some of us may be

    unable to deal with changes and might be experiencing culture shock.

    How can we deal with changes effectively?

    Learn from others

    The changes that we experience may also

    happen on other person. So, to know how to cope

    with that particular situation, ask the person that had

    went through that situation. For example, you are

    elected as the president of SRCUTP, then, ask the

    former president to get a review and preference of

    how to deal with the post. The same goes when you

    get into a new semester, you should ask the seniors

    of how to manage that semester.

    Anticipate changes

    Since we already know and believe that changes do

    happens, the next step is to anticipate them so we

    can be prepared. When do changes most likely to

    occur? Most probably, the changes occur at the start

    of new semester, after joining a club or when getting

    a post in an organization. List down a few occasions

    that may lead to changes in your life so you may alert

    about changes.

    Enjoy changes

    Since changes will happen whether we like it or not,

    why should we torture ourselves by resisting it. See

    changes as an opportunity for us to improve

    ourselves. Enjoy the process again and again. Open

    your mind. Think of all the possible outcomes of

    the change. Most of them will be good. Even if theres

    dark side of it, focus on the bright side. Think positive,because every cloud has silver lining.

    The only thing

    that remain unchanged

    is change itself

    Accept changes.

    Firstly, accept that the world is forever changing. The change

    happened and will always happen from time to time. Accepting this fact

    will help us to deal with it later. The first thing just accept it.

    Be flexible

    Sometimes the change that happened requires us to make some

    adjustments to ourselves such as letting go old beliefs, making new

    goals and practicing new style. Embrace the changes by being flexible.

    This is the way to adapt to changes quickly. As long as the adjustments

    do not leads to bad things, just go on with them. Moreover, dealing with

    changes means to change ourselves in order to adapt to changes.

    Are You CHANGEResistant ?

    Do you like change? Not sure? Answer the quiz below. Dont put a lot of thought; just pick the first

    answer that pops into your mind.

    When I think of change, I feel:A) AnxiousB) Excited

    When policies at campus change, I:A) Have a hard time getting into a new

    routineB) Pick them up quickly and easily

    When my environment changes, I feel:A) Unsettled

    B) FreeI believe change is:

    A) Something to avoidB) Inevitable

    I think people who force me to change:A) Make life difficult

    B) Keep me on my toes

    When there is new student in class, I feel:A) Worried about the team dynamicB) Happy to have a fresh perspective

    Change is another word for:A) Disaster

    B) New

    I believe people can change:A) NopeB) Yep

    You want to know the

    result of your Quiz??

    Check it at the page 11



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    As it was my first time to travel abroad, I left my country, Egypt,

    willing to enter a new world where everything is different rather than in my

    country. I dreamt of mixing with new people, learn about different cultures

    as I have been told that in UTP there are students from more than 35

    countries all over the world, and I was very anxious to create new

    friendships with every nationality in UTP.

    All these dreams and thoughts vaporized during my first week in

    Malaysia. As we were all new students introduced to the university life,

    everyone seemed to be shy and not willing to help much and that made it

    very difficult on us as foreigners since we are strangers and seem not to

    know anyone around. After one month, the situation became worse by

    discovering that people in this university are divided into groups, and each

    group is enclosed to their members only, meaning the South Africans for

    example hang around only with South Africans and so on.

    Getting to know people around me, mixing more with them in the

    activities and group work removed all those misconceptions taken during

    my first days in Malaysia. Getting to mix around with my colleagues and

    knowing them better, besides playing sports and

    participating in a lot of activities substituted my

    feelings as a foreigner and killed the problem of

    homesickness. All this of course was besides takinggood care of my studies and practicing my religion.

    There is no doubt that an international

    student will always feel that they are not in their

    country except when the people who are around

    them gave the warm feelings that would sweep all

    these cold feelings of being a stranger, and I

    managed to do that after three years of

    discovering friends that encourage me with

    enough energy to continue my studies and achieve

    my goals. In other words I have managed to adapt

    to change, in fact I have changed.


    Quotes for today

    People Don't Change,your soul Does

    Bradley Volz

    No one will hear your standunless you stand; raise your

    hand and voice out your choiceUdezue Chibuzor

    Those who see change as a time

    of opportunity, rather thandistress, are those who write


    James Ehrman

    Change is what makes life lively

    Soumi Sarkar


    Change is the one thing thatmakes you better, its funny how

    things could change but still staythe same. So change for the best

    and get better for the worstDyquan Caldwell

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    If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk

    then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."~ Martin Luther King Jr.

    Growing is a continuous process which happens as long as you live. Experiences in life teach you to grow to a bet-

    ter person. Yet, this will only happen if you are able to change. You cant grow if you stay at the same position.

    You need to change in order to grow. In fact, changing is also a continuous process which will never end.

    The moment you stop changing, you are actually stop growing. After all, life without any form of changeswould be monotonous right?

    Stop, Think and Reflect.

    Have you ever thought that you

    are letting your life to take action

    each and everyday? And you just

    go with the flow? If you are too

    busy, this will happen. Have a

    pause in life and reflect on every

    action you have taken. Slow

    down, give some time for

    you to think and open the

    door for you to change.

    WillingtoChange.It starts from you! If you

    are not willing to


    this world can make

    you do so. Realize that

    your life can be better

    than it is now. There is

    always roomfor improve-


    others fearhold youback

    in yourway tomakeposi-

    tivechangesinyourlife.Dont Give Excuses.

    Excuses are limiting believes which

    are one of the biggest factors that

    hinder you from changing. Identify,

    write them on papers and handle

    them effectively. By doing this, you

    can see clearly the attitudes that has

    been stopping you from changing.

    Replace your limiting believes

    with encouraging believes in

    order to be more positive.

    Mentor as an Inspiration.

    Having a mentor will help you to go

    through your changes smoothly. You

    can skip the hardship as you have

    your mentor to seek for advice and

    warn you on possible traps along

    your path. You will also save a lot of

    time by having a mentor. Find a goodmentor whom can f it and

    relate to your situation. At the same

    time, be a serious mentee who is eager

    to learn and ready to change. This will

    make your mentors job easier.

    Have the Right Target.

    Set your target and ensure that

    it is something that you are

    able to achieve. Otherwise, you

    will be easily discouraged when

    things dont go as expected.

    Remember that change

    takes time, especially if you

    want the change to last.

    Setting the right target helps

    you to be persistent in difficult


    Maintain the Pace.The beginning is always the hardest. Once you

    gone through it, things will get easier. The only

    step you need to take is to maintain the pace. It is

    like pushing a car where a large force is needed to

    move the car. But once it is moving, small amount

    of force would do. Be in your pace. You cant go

    slower but you sure can go faster.










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  • 8/8/2019 5.the Inspirer Fifth Edition


    From the Counsel-


    From the Counselling Unit

    Counseling and Student Development Unit Diary



    Semester 2009/10 Schedule

    From Quiz Are You CHANGE Resistant ?Add up your answer and lets see if you are a change resistor?

    Program Date Program DateTraining of Trainers MAS July 2009 7-10 July 09 Workshop : Introduction to EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) 23 October 09Training of Trainers for all 40 Tunas Cemerlang committee 18 August 09 Workshop : Introduction to EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) 28 October 09Public Speaking Workshop 19 August 09 Foundation Teambuilding 2-4 Oct 09

    9-11 Oct 0916-18 Oct 0923-25 Oct 09

    Decision For Future 19 August 09 Workshop : Success Is Never Ending, Failure Is Never Final 7 October 09Sharing Experience With Ex-Utp Student 26 August 09 IMPRESS 10 October 09Fuelled Up! Becoming A Professional Student Seminar 29 August 09 Stress management Skills 14 October 09Workshop : Event Management 2 September 09 Workshop: Relax Therapy 14 October 09Workshop : Time Management Plan your Success 2 September 09 Workshop for Potential Leader 20 Oct ober 09Workshop :The Power of Color 9 September 09 Sharing With High Achievers 21 October 09Workshop : Time Management Plan your Success 9 September 09 Workshop : Introduction to EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) 23 October 09Workshop : Study Habits Looking Forward 11 September 09 Workshop : Introduction to EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) 28 October 09Smart Study Time Management Skills Seminar 12 September 09 Foundation Teambuilding 2-4 Oct 09

    9-11 Oct 0916-18 Oct 0923-25 Oct 09

    Design Your Destiny 16 September 09 Workshop : Success Is Never Ending, Failure Is Never Final 7 October 09Workshop : Study Habits Looking Forward 30 September 09 IMPRESS 10 October 09Foundation Teambuilding 2-4 Oct 09

    9-11 Oct 09

    16-18 Oct 0923-25 Oct 09

    Stress management Skills 14 October 09

    Workshop : Success Is Never Ending, Failure Is Never Final 7 October 09 Workshop: Relax Therapy 14 October 09IMPRESS 10 October 09 Workshop for Potential Leader 20 Oct ober 09Stress management Skills 14 October 09 Sharing With High Achievers 21 October 09Workshop: Relax Therapy 14 October 09 Workshop : Introduction to EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) 23 October 09Workshop for Potential Leader 20 Oct ober 09 Workshop : Introduction to EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) 28 October 09Sharing With High Achievers 21 October 09