Graduates share success stories

James Kon

Several graduates under the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Overseas Scholarship Scheme and the Educational Loan Scheme who completed their studies with first class honours in 2019 and 2020 expressed their gratitude and aspiration yesterday after receiving outstanding graduate awards in a ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Education (MoE).

Muhammad Hafiy Rusyuddin bin Abdul Hadi, graduate of Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, United States said, “I would like to thank the MoE for recognising our hardwork for the past four years especially during the tough situation now. This award boosts our morale in term of looking for employment.

“Right now, a lot of airlines are not recruiting, so I am working in a dance studio and a skincare store. It is not related to aviation but I am gaining working experience,” he said.

The key to success, according to him, is “discipline because you are on your own, without your family, and they are our number one motivator. I also pray to Allah the Almighty”.

His advice is not “be afraid to do what you want. A lot of people pushed for me to take engineering but I always wanted to be a pilot. Don’t be afraid as long as there is will, there is a way”.

Meanwhile, Auji Arifah binti Mohd Kamis, who graduated with a Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management from Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur said, “It’s a proud moment for me to receive this award today. It’s recognition of my hardwork.”

Auji Arifah graduated in 2019 and is currently working for the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe) under the Ministry of Development.

She credited her success to her parents’ prayers. Her advice to other students is to work hard and study smart.

ABOVE & BELOW: Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman presents outstanding graduate awards to Muhammad Hafiy Rusyuddin bin Abdul Hadi and Auji Arifah binti Mohd Kamis. PHOTOS: JAMES KON