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PHD Communications Media and Instructional Tech.

I am a young woman from Malaysia; still only 28 years old, I have fallen in love with Communications and Media in a global context entire. I think of myself as a world citizen and I have already seen much of the planet. Making good use of my vacations from college, I have backpacked through Indonesia (Medan, Jakarta, Bandung), Thailand (Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Tao), Cambodia (Siem Reap & Phnom Penh), Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, England, France, the Netherlands and Australia.

When I was only 10 years old, my teacher, Madam Che Wan Tom, helped me to realize that if I believe in myself, I can touch the sky. While I was like any other girl from a poor family in many ways, I had to carry the stigma of being the daughter of a single mother. My mother taught me, however, that education is not only about grades, it's about the learning process; it is the journey itself that is most important.  I have now earned a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology and I have great hope that our communications revolution will also continue to revolutionize education, helping to foster respect for human rights, dignity and more equal treatment of our people. My long term goal is to teach and promote digital ethics, particularly the teaching Malaysian children how to protect themselves online.

After finishing my secondary school, I furthered my studies at Sultan Idris Education University earning my Bachelor of Education (Information Technology) Degree with Honors and scoring well in both my Information Technology and Education classes.  I have studied many subjects that are related to Information Technology theory and application. At the same time, I also took classes that focused on educational theory, teaching methodologies and learning information technologies as well as teaching information technology and instructional design.

One of the projects that I was involved with was for courseware development using Microsoft Visual Basic. In this project, I was able to put to use much of the knowledge that I have gained from a combination of education and IT subjects.

Of special relevance is my volunteer experience with the School Of Hope on Mabul Island. I worked tirelessly to collect enough donations to purchase the school materials that they needed for basic educational functions. Myself and my colleagues also started an Arts Program during our lengthy stay, I chose to give my all to the School Of Hope for over a year because of the fact that it serves Bajau and Suluk children who are born stateless. Like their fathers and forefathers, they have no access to state-sponsored education, healthcare or social welfare services. I am also actively engaged in supporting educational technology for the Sultan Idris Education University for the School Project in Brai-bis Chenam, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We raise money to build new classrooms and promote the provision of healthy food for the children to eat.

My teachers have enabled me to realize the power of teaching and, thus, I want to emulate them, and live my life to be the finest teacher possible. I want to devote my life to education because I crave the thrill of standing at the center of the learning process, as innovator, scientist, conductor, and as human being.

My greatest strength may be the intense passion that I have for everything having to do with the computer and I have been heavily engages with the computer and the Internet for for over 10 years. I feel that I will be able to excel in your program because of my vast interest, curiosity, experience with computers and social networks. I want very much to spend the rest of my life traveling the world with my students on the Internet, exploring cultures, languages, and new ways of seeing the world. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for considering my application to your program.

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