Two armies went to war. The outcome of who won the battle largely depended on who swung swords with an unyielding purpose as opposed to the one who swung swords for the sake of swinging. High school life for me was more of the latter and unsurprisingly, the lack of A’s on a piece of paper exhibited that my war was lost.
Transitioning into college life where I began my #MySunwayStory pursuing Australian Matriculation, I found a purpose to strive with the people around me, but most importantly prove to myself that I’ll get whatever I sought. I was hell-bent on doing well. This phase was the largest change in my life as I made efforts to fight for what I dreamt to achieve. Needless to say, hardships were endured but overcoming them gave an incomparable sense of euphoria, which made everything worth the fight.
Along the way, a woeful reality was realised. Constantly, an increasing sight of people falling into the pitfall of stress, pressure and depression made me reflect on the true purpose of achievement. Happiness seemed like a rare entity and pain was as abundant as feldspar. From this, a new purpose was found. I am striving to learn and discover ways to help guide people around me to their paths of happiness. I believe my initiative of joining Sunway’s Peer Counselling Volunteers group is a good start in the journey of achieving my newfound purpose. In the long-run, I dream to see a community that cherishes the idea of helping each other find happiness that you and I truly deserve.
Khalil Bin Khairuddin
BSc (Hons) Business Management
The Chancellors Scholarship of Sunway University & Lancaster University