LIFE AS A UNIVERSITY STUDENT.. CHALLENGING YET FRIGHTENING
Our university students nowadays are very advanced. It is a point on which this writer will not be able to rebut. Some may question, what is the legality in such argument?
From this writer’s personal opinion, it comes in many ways. Some students have strong knowledge in IT, hence they are considered as technology savvy and advanced. Others are strongly active in politics and that make them a political activist. They are advanced but in a different aspect where their sound knowledge in politics may be deeper, compared to other students. But not all are strongly linked to those mentioned. Some remain as just another undergraduate who remains anonymous for the rest of his life as a university student.
The Government have spent billions of ringgit from the taxpayer's money to ensure that students receive the best education they can get. It is saddening when some did not earn the basic degree, let alone the Masters nor the Ph.D due to unforeseen circumstances (Jose, we are able to predict the circumstances, mind you!).
After successfully having secured their place in the University, the focus in studies or in some case the "burning oil" dimmed shortly after they are in the second year. This writer himself admits that whatever description he is sharing is based on his observation (and in some cases are on his personal experience!) as a student in one of the local universities in Malaysia.
Some of the male students, upon receiving their first PTPTN loan, have used all the money received to make a deposit payment for a motorcycle. This writer remembers vividly where, back in those days, a student who has his own transportation (the choice were either a simple kapcai or a worn out Mini Cooper!) is considered the king of the university.
He may ask any girl out for a date and it is rarely that the girl will turn down the request (In a way, it is a best example of the phrase – “An offer you can’t refuse”!).
This may lead to all sorts of immoral activities. There was a report recently where a student was found dead and apparently she died after giving birth in one of our local university. This kind of incident will create a communal nuisance for us as Malaysians as it will give a very bad image not only for the university but the education society as a whole.
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