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The Global Edge (International Edition)
The SIM Achievers section features inspirational tales of our global community of students and alumni who are en-route to achieving their career aspirations or are soaring high in their careers.
Leading, Learning And Bonding
When Su Myat Moe (pictured above) first stepped into SIM GE, she felt a huge responsibility resting on her shoulders to prove herself as an international student. However, the SIM-University at Buffalo BSc Business Administration student was able to settle into life at SIM GE and find a home away from home. She shares more about how she tackled the challenges she faced at SIM GE and made her many learning experiences count.
Making UB Her Choice
“I was interested in University at Buffalo (UB) as it offered me direct entry to my bachelor studies. It has a flexible system of giving students the responsibility to make their own choices in taking up more work and finishing universities earlier than scheduled. This is a system which has allowed me to finish my university degree in two years and nine months, at the age of 19, and come out crowned as a valedictorian and a Summa Cum Laude Honour student.”
Stepping Into A New World
“As an overseas student, I found that I was trying very hard to prove myself in all circumstances. In a way, I felt that I was representing my country with each assignment and group that I joined. Though it was not a burden that anyone put on me, understanding the psychology behind assumptions and first impressions, made me determined to make an impression. However, with time, I realised I was not alone. With the support of SIM GE, I was able to relax and enjoy the opportunities that I had and pursue my interests.”
An Abundance Of Opportunities
“SIM GE has a wide variety of clubs offered to the student community and that was one of the benefits that I took advantage of and it has shaped me monumentally to be who I am today. It has allowed me to explore my interests and increase my capabilities. A newly founded club called Data Analysis Club, -of which I was honoured with presidency in my second year- was the reason I discovered my interest in all that is data, artificial intelligence and technology, especially their applications in the industry of finance.”
“I also received a SIM GE Scholarship in the category of Academic Excellence and Leadership. The scholarship has been valuable to me because it opened many doors for me as it allowed me to be with a group of inspiring student leaders, who are indeed leaders of tomorrow in their own rights. They are able to motivate, execute and perfect every detail down to the points. The scholarship itself has been a blessing but the group of student leaders behind the SIM GE Scholars’ Network (SSN) has been a massive force of change behind my perspectives and leadership. “
Leading, Learning And Bonding
“My experiences with Data Analysis Club (DAC) and SIM GE Scholars’ Network (SSN) were the most memorable for me. As mentioned, they were life-changing experiences in more than one way. The communities have taught me so much on how I can improve myself and I will always remember the lessons I learned. What we have in those communities are like-minded and passionate individuals who have a strong bond of friendship. They are supportive and have a strong will to explore and challenge the world. Being with them has allowed me to lead, learn and bond like no other."
Su Myat Moe pictured (fourth from left) in the front row with UB students at SIM GE’s Open House.
A Journey With Many Valuable Lessons
“My journey at UB and at many of the SIM GE student leaders’ communities has bettered me as a person, especially my soft skills including teamwork and communications. I have been taught to believe in the learning process and to believe in second chances and back-up plans. Along with that, I have learned how to prioritise resources and to work with others with humility and passion. All these, I believe, are the key to my first job, here at Ayeyarwady Bank, a leading bank in Myanmar, as an Assistant Manager in Structured Finance team, under Corporate Banking department.”
A Constant Quest For Knowledge
“I am motivated by learning. It has been an uphill task to be so passionate about learning despite mistakes and failures. I also believe in pulling myself up by my bootstraps if I fall down, and I continue to thirst for knowledge be it in the crafts of painting or the wild wilderness of finance industry or the maze that is called the Mandarin language.”
Watch Su Myat Moe deliver her valedictorian speech at the University at Buffalo Commencement Ceremony 2017:
Posted Online, 28 September 2017
'It's More Than A Club, It's A Family'
Members of the MCSIM club: (from left) Yun Xuan, Leticia, Xie Chean, Michelle and Ka Yee.
Name: Leticia Laura Chandra Mohan
University/Programme: SIM GE, Management Foundation Studies
“MCSIM has given me a great experience. Being involved in additional activities apart from my studies has helped me to be more energetic. The activities held by MCSIM has also encouraged me to be more active in school. I have learned to be more interactive and I'm able to work better in a team. I have developed new skills and the activities also helped me to understand my friends better and strengthen the bond between us.
“I used to have difficulties in approaching friends who I did not know so well. Through the activities at MCSIM, it has given me the courage to initiate conversations with people and increase my confidence level.”
Name: Michelle Chiew
University/ Programme: SIM GE, Management Foundation Studies
“I decided to join MCSIM after one of the events known as ‘Back to School’. During this event, I witnessed how close the members of MCSIM were and how united they were. This made me join the club and I felt welcomed and loved by the MCSIM family. As an international student, it makes me feel like I have a home away from home and I have gotten to know more friends from the same country and from diverse backgrounds through the club.”
“It has been a really great experience to spend time with the members of MCSIM. I had lots of fun in our lion dance practices and I got to learn new skills through the practices. I also had a great time working with the marketing department. Even though there were difficulties that we encountered, we managed to work together to solve the problem. This had strengthened our ‘family bond ‘in the marketing department. Although my involvement in activities may sometimes clash with my studying schedule, I know they are in not in vain as I have learned to develop my people skills and sharpen my life skills.”
Name: Woon Yun Xuan
University/Programme: University of London, BSc (Honours) in Accounting And Finance
“MCSIM has been like a home for me since I stepped into SIM and the care and love that members have demonstrated towards each other has motivated me to join MCSIM as an Exco member. As the event director, I have learned a lot and MCSIM has become like a second family to me.
“SIM and MCSIM have changed my life and have taught me the importance of leadership skills, teamwork, the ability to adapt and change as well as showing trust and respect towards each other. My time here has provided me with many real life experiences that I can enjoy before I embark on my career.”
Name: Seow Xie Chean
University/Programme: SIM GE, Diploma in Management Studies
“It has been a good experience being together with a group of like-minded people who have grown up in the same culture. MCSIM always reminds me of home. One of the memorable things for me was being taken care of by the club advisor and others when I felt sick during the process of conducting an event and this is why MCSIM is indeed like a family.”
Name: Chong Ka Yee
University/Programme: University of Birmingham, BSc (Honours) Business Management ( Top-up)
“One of my biggest fears of studying overseas is the homesickness that will strike out of a sudden in the middle of the night. During my orientation, there were a few student leaders who approached me and my friend who is a Malaysian. They invited us to join their upcoming events. I was quite afraid of joining social events like this but I chose to give it a try. Surprisingly, during the event I got to know a lot of friends and I'm glad that I finally found a place that made me feel like I'm home. I think joining MCSIM is one of the best choices that I’ve made in my university life. As the President of MCSIM, I always aim to create memories not just for myself but for my juniors who are part of this big family.”
Posted Online, 28 September 2017
Dreaming Big For The Future
Christianto (pictured right) with Ms Peggy Lim, Assistant Chief Executive, SIM Global Education at the SIM GE PAL Leaders Appreciation Lunch event.
“It is not as simple as it seems and there is always something new to expand on when it comes to existing theories,” says SIM-University Of London (UOL) graduate, Christianto, as he describes his passion for Economics.
His interest in the subject was first sparked during his Diploma in Management studies (DMS) at SIM.
“When I first joined SIM, I had no prior knowledge in any business-related studies. That made me decide to take up the DMS as it had a variety of modules in different areas of business studies. After studying these modules, I felt that Economics was what interested me the most. So, I chose to pursue my degree studies in Economics and Finance at UOL,” he adds.
His fascination with Economics continued to grow during the course of his degree studies. Though there were challenges in meeting the demands of a rigorous programme, Christianto was able to overcome them through sheer determination and a strong will to succeed.
“My biggest challenge was in the second year of the UOL programme. I had a very weak background in ‘Statistics’ and I was required to pick the ‘Statistics 2’ and ‘Elements of Econometrics’ modules in the same year. Most students complete the Statistics 2 module for a good foundation prior to taking up the Econometrics module. As I had to study both modules at the same time, I worked doubly hard and scored First Class grades for both modules. This was a boost to my confidence as I embarked on the final year of the programme,” he says.
Beyond focusing on his studies, Christianto was also determined to help his fellow students. He volunteered as a Peer-Assisted Learning Leader and coached others in Microeconomics.
He explains, “The reason I decided to become a PAL leader in Microeconomics was to help other students enjoy learning economics and equip them with the mindset and knowledge to perform well in this subject as some students may find economics daunting in the beginning.”
As an international student, Christianto also involved himself in the SIM Indonesian Community (InSIM) where Indonesian students come together to bond and organise fun activities. One of his most memorable experiences during his time at the club was participating in the musical 'InSight'.
“I participated in InSight as a dancer. I have never danced for a performance before in my life, making this a new and unique experience for me! Through this experience, I also learned more about the importance of teamwork, coordination and the dedication you need. This helped us to deliver the best performance as a team,” he quips.
Christianto has big dreams for the future. He hopes to pursue a career in the finance industry and do his part in contributing to his country’s economic growth.
Register here for the SIM-University of London (UOL) Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics and Finance (Full-Time) programme briefing at SIM GE's Open House.
Posted Online, 28 September 2017