By Azman Zakaria
Photo by Mohd Hasrul Hamdan
SERDANG, Oct 24 - Facing with financial difficulties and not being able to get any scholarship or loan, did not stop Nur Anis Kamaruddin from pursuing higher education. Instead, she took up a part-time job at a fast-food outlet to finance the cost of her study.
Her grits, determination and patience she endured since Year One of her study in 2012, have borne fruits when today, she received the Bachelor of Science (Human Development) degree at Universiti Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) 40th Convocation.
Hailed from Pasir Mas, Kelantan, Nur Anis, 24, said initially, her family did not know that she was working part-time, and they were perplexed that she was able to pay for her study fees although she did not obtain any scholarship or loan.
“When they found out, they were surprised but this did not stop me from continuing working there,” said Nur Anis who worked at a fast-food restaurant in Sri Serdang, here.
According to her, she worked from 6 pm to 1am nearly every day when there were no classes, and she earned between RM200 and RM300 a month.
But her family also gave her money, she said.
“I really needed to juggle my time and set my own schedule. I slept for about four hours or less than that every day,” said the third of eight siblings.
“I also had to make sacrifices….rarely with my friends, but they understand my plight,” said Nur Anis who once represented Kelantan in gymnastics but was forced out of it due to an injury and now concentrated on long-distance run - UPM
Sekolah Pengajian Siswazah
Universiti Putra Malaysia
43400 UPM Serdang
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia