01 Sep 2021 | Article

Growing up I didn’t have toys to play with and would go out and play with the stray cats on the streets. From just casually petting and playing with the cats, I eventually started to care for them. When I was in primary school, I used to save the pocket money my mother gave me for school to buy food for the strays in my area.

My love for animals has grown over the years and extended beyond cats and dogs. I have adopted many of the strays in my area and have made a commitment to feed them daily. In addition to feeding them, I have also learnt how to provide basic treatment to injured or sick strays by cleaning wounds, providing deworming, flea and tick treatment.

When not seen on the streets feeding the strays, I can be found supporting secondary school students from underserved communities as they plan for their tertiary education. When I was studying Diploma, I provided guidance to SPM leavers on their pathways after SPM and supported them with their public university applications.

It is important to note that I come from a community where many students have not obtained higher education and are the first in the family to go to university. As someone who has been able to access higher education, it is my duty to pay it forward and support students as they beat the odds to achieve their ambitious dreams. I am now mentoring a few STPM students under the mission C.A.R.E initiative by Persatuan Kebajikan Johor to provide guidance to students as they transition into the next phase of their academic chapter.

As I truly believe that education has the power to break the cycle of poverty, I hope to set a precedent within my community and inspire others to pursue a path many of them may not have considered as it opens up many more opportunities to succeed in life.


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Written by:

IP Guganesi, 2020 Tunku Scholar hails from a small town in Tapah, Perak and is currently pursuing Civil Engineering at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia. With the skills and knowledge acquired, she aspires to become a Civil Engineer who can serve her community as she hopes to venture into the construction industry with aspirations to be involved in the development of sustainable low-cost housing.


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