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Nursyafika Fasha Amin

Happy at Nilai U
Student advices more FELDA cohorts to join her in Nilai U as a means to improving their command of English.
Nursyafika Fasha Amin is typical of FELDA scholars who are offered places in private institutions of higher education. She was slightly nervous about facing a full-English syllabus and also wary of being so far from home. The Tawau-born lass had been offered a place in Nilai University (Nilai U) to study Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT). By her own admission, she knew very little about the diploma programme but was confident that her science background in secondary school would stand her in good stead. As for the language barrier, Fasha (as she is known to friends) believed that having studies science and math subjects in English, she already has a solid foundation and would try to improve her linguistic skills during the course of her two-and-a-half-year programme.
 
Fast forward two years and Fasha has certainly settled in well. Not only has she made loads of new friends and is thriving in her academic field, with a CGPA of 3.83 (which will entitle her to a distinction if she maintains or betters it). She credits much of her success to her teachers to whom she is eternally grateful for guiding her through the difficult areas of the MLT programme at Nilai U. “Always pay close attention in class. The teachers are there to guide you and if you do not understand your lesson, do not hesitate to ask. At Nilai U, the teachers are more than happy to oblige,” she says. The 21-year-old has plans to further her studies onto Master’s and, possibly, even PhD level, allowing her to teach. “Teaching was actually one of my first options when I left school before being offered a place at Nilai U. I still hope to combine my current knowledge with my dream of one day becoming a teacher,” she smiles. 
 
Having undergone internship at CliniPath Sdn Bhd as well as at a government facility, Fasha has seen first hand the working environment of a medical laboratory technician. She is grateful to have been allowed to experience various levels and types of work at the private clinic. “At some private facilities, students may not be allowed to to do every task that comes through the lab. But I was fortunate to be exposed and given first-hand experience of virtually every type of test reuired to be done at Clinicpath,” she explains.
 
Fasha understands that many students, especially FELDA scholars, may be lacking in confidence when conversing in English. “I am a good example of how one can improve oneself through constant application,” she says. “Daily usage has allowed me to improve my English tremendously.” She is keen to stress to her FELDA cohorts the importance of improving their English as the wealth of knowledge in most academic fields are in that language. “Most textbooks and journals are in English and latest online reports are also published in that language. So it is imperative students master the language to allow them to keep abreast of latest developments,” she counsels. 
 
The former student of SMK (A) Kota Kinabalu, Sabah believes having spent a couple of years in a boarding environment has allowed her to keep the homesick blues at bay. But she believes that the extremely active social scene at Nilai U will help keep new arrivals occupied. “There are plenty of healthy activities on campus to help alleviate homesickness,” invites Fasha. “The greenery of the campus is very peaceful and I believe Nilai U is a great place to further your studies.”
 
Nilai U was established in 1997 and all of its programmes are approved by the Ministry of Education. For more information, please go to www.nilai.edu.my or call 06-8502308 / 07-2262336. 
 
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