Low Fong Leng

Top 5 Best Student Award, Class of 2016

Aspiration – When I embarked on the portals of learning – all at the age of 48, I thought of it as part of my lifelong quest for knowledge and at the same time treated it as a challenge to better myself. It was my dream to advocate for inclusion of people with disabilities, particularly children. I have always believed that an inclusive society is a sustainable one. I also understood that before I could advocate, I should start by educating myself and that was what I did. With Kolej Dika, I had a platform to realise my dream.

Academic Endeavour and Insights – With passion and determination, I pursued Diploma in Special Education (Early Years) at Kolej Dika. The two and a half years course was like a marathon that seemed to never end. But little did I know, time would pass very quickly and before I knew it, it was graduation. My initial thoughts of not being able to complete the course or that it was beyond my reach proved to be unfounded. Not only did I complete the course, I was elected one of Kolej Dika’s Top Five Best Students. I was very encouraged by this prestigious award, which has inspired me since to keep on learning and continue to do my best in my present and future endeavours.

At Kolej Dika, I gained great insights into the world of special needs. The diverse modules on special needs were extremely beneficial and also relevant. I particularly enjoyed my practicum, all 420 hours of hands on experience working with children with special needs. The experience, confidence and knowledge gained were priceless. I also noticed that I have been made a better person over the course of my studies. My hope now is that I will be able to advocate effectively and make a difference in the lives of the people I meet along the way.

Inspiration – I would like to acknowledge the support network I had in the form of the Management of Kolej Dika – the awesome and inspiring lecturers who unselfishly imparted their knowledge and who put up with our nonsense every now and then. They were truly exceptional. Not forgetting, my family and my boss, Gen Tan Sri (Dr) Hashim Mohd Ali (Rtd), who played a role in my journey too. My deepest gratitude and sincere thanks to all of you for the support rendered to me. Last but not least, a small piece of advice from me, “Go for your dreams and make something out of yourself. Be that someone to make a difference in the lives of others”. My motto in life: “Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself.”

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