Tell us a little bit about yourself and your achievements to date

Salam sejahtera! Originally from Malaysia, I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours) at the University of Melbourne. I have resided in Melbourne for the past six years. My research interest includes the translation of genomics in sexually transmitted pathogens and I am a huge advocate of community education and empowerment. I work closely with the Consulate General of Malaysia in Melbourne and just last year, I started the ‘We the Rakyat’ movement that brought Malaysians living in Melbourne together in a music video that celebrates our National Day.

What are your goals for the future?

Southeast Asia is less visible in comparison to the rest of the world when it comes to health. Ideally, I would like to have the opportunity to strengthen the cooperation of ASEAN countries within the health industry and improve the health system. My ultimate goal is to work with the World Health Organisation and eventually I would like to build a university hospital that can promote health in the Southeast Asia region!

Why are you excited about being a Study Melbourne Student Ambassador?

My passion is community empowerment and engagement, especially with international students! Being an international student myself, each of us have our own chapter to write and adversities to overcome. I hope through Study Melbourne, I’ll get to meet as many internationals as possible and build a community with the diasporas to make them feel like home.

What are you most passionate about when it comes to supporting other international students?

I strongly believe we all want to feel like we belong – no one tells you how lonely it can be when you leave your hometown. Building strong networks through communities is the best way possible to improve our wellbeing and for opportunities you never think will come your way. Like they always say, “It’s all about who you know”.

What are your tips for students who have just arrived in Melbourne?

Put yourself out there! Be vulnerable and courageous. When you put yourself out there, you have the potential to meet people from different walks of life – be it the locals or diasporas. They are the ones who can guide you and help you advance in your career and life. I also hope that in your final year of study, you can proudly say you’ve made friends from all around the world!