Marcus Tan Yen Wai
What research did you do before entering your current institution?
My friends and I visited the education fair and shortlisted a few educational institutions that offered engineering courses. TAR UC was one of the institutions on our list. Besides that, I visited the campus during its Open Day and consulted a few lecturers regarding the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Electrical and Electronics Engineering course before deciding to study here.
What attracted you to pick this institution?
My elder siblings are alumni of the University College and they have carved a name for themselves in their careers, after having gained skills and knowledge from their studies at TAR UC. Besides, the University College offers quality education at an affordable price and has merit scholarships available for high achievers. With the strong testimonies given by my seniors and lecturers, I was convinced that it would be a good investment of time and money for the returns that I would be getting.
How convenient is your campus?
The campus is strategically located in a suburban area of Kuala Lumpur. Transportation is never an issue, as Rapid buses ply the roads on a regular basis and shuttle bus services are provided by the University College. When it comes to food, other than cafeterias available on campus, there are also many other eateries in the surrounding areas, ranging from lifestyle cafes to economical eateries. Besides that, facilities such as the library, study areas, swimming pool and gymnasium are provided by the University College and are well-equipped and well-maintained.
How would you describe your course to a 17-year-old?
The course provides a lot of hands-on experience from the fundamentals of electricity to building your very own electronic system. It gives you a sense of achievement when you build everything from scratch and see it functioning before your eyes. Also, bear in mind that it is a mathematically-intensive course and engineering is a field that is known for creative application of science and mathematics in problem-solving and innovation.
What words of advice would you give to those who are intending to pursue the same course as you?
Always remember to put in great effort in all things, while you build up your interest and passion towards engineering. Be disciplined in all that you do and persevere when you face challenges in life, so that you become a better person. Finally, having the right attitude and being diligent in your studies play an important role, as engineering can be a challenging course.