Hilda Helena Binti Abdul Halim
What research did you do before entering your current institution?
Before entering this university, I considered what my ideal employment prospects would look like and whether or not the university matches my academic and professional interests. From the internet, there are various information provided.
What attracted you to pick this institution?
I was attracted to its academic reputation. This university is a big institution that would help me prepare for post-university life in the real world by being in a diverse student body. Most of the professors have real world experiences outside of academia and it shows. I have developed personal growth beyond classroom knowledge. UKM provides a world-class teaching and I am grateful to study under some of the best minds in the country.
How convenient is your campus?
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia is definitely a convenient university. There are various facilities provided for the students – library, students’ health centre, accommodation, sports and recreation, food and catering services and student society. In addition, the buses and internet connection are provided anywhere around the campus. The green landscape of UKM provides an environment that is conducive for learning. Everything comes in handy and with spaces that enlighten and educate, there is a little need to step a foot off the campus.
How would you describe your course to a 17-year-old?
The course that I am taking is Teaching English as Second Language. This course is offered for those who already have their teaching experiences and want to upgrade their knowledge, as well as for people with little to no experience with English language teaching yet want to switch their career path and turn into teaching. There are many jobs offered for TESL degree holders. TESL teaches its students the basic approach towards making the courses more effective, teaching methodologies and learning techniques for English. A degree in TESL grants you the eligibility to teach English at both private and government schools.
What words of advice would you give to those who are intending to pursue the same course as you?
You should pick this course if you have a passion for English. You would engage with it better and excel at the subject. Your choice of course should also be part of a well-considered long-term plan. Besides that, be sure to establish a good rapport with your professors and review your materials before and right after class. Manage your time well and take good care of your body.