Growing in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, I never thought that I would choose agriculture as my field of study. Like any other urban girls, the idea of career will always be profitable professions like medical doctor or an engineer. Pursuing a career in agriculture never crossed my mind. However, after my SPM results were released in 2009, I came across to Foundation Studies Programme for Agricultural Science (ASPer) in UPM and excitedly made it as a first choice during UPU application.
Alhamdulillah, my dream come true as my application was accepted and officially became the fifth batch of ASPer. I perceived that from that moment on I would be going to venture a wholeh new tremendous valuable and unforgattable experience. My perspective expanded and my passion towards agriculture sector grew stronger through a deeper knowledge during my three semesters as ASPer's student.
I enjoyed and appreciated all the amazing moments spent with friends planting vegetables and fruits either conventionally or by using modern agriculture technology. "Agriculturist feed the world", is among a phrase that illustrates the improtance of this field in providing world's food and fabrics to mankind. Furthermore, UPM is nation foremost agricultural university.
Thus, I decided to pursue my bachelor degree in Agricultural Science and never looked back. Every single day has been a new adventure for me. Learning every aspect of agriculture, including diverse type of plants, soils and other organisms made blessed and grateful towards His creation. Alhamdulillah, I was lucky to have the opportunity to learn from the Malaysian agricultural experts throughout journey at UPM.
Throughout the years in UPM, I had the chance to travel abroad through the students exchange programme twice and for my internship. During my second year, I went to the land of rising sun, Japan for two weeks as a participant for International Field Field Science Training Programme 2012 (IFST 2012) organised by Kochi University. Not long after that, I had my second chance to revisit Japan and went to Kochi University and Hiroshima University. The experience of visiting a developed country is truly an eye opener for me since Japan had once faced its downfall after Hiroshima and Nagasaki was bombed by atomic bombs that left significant impact during world war II.
My journey to the foreign land continues when I decided to momplete my internship in Belgium during my final semester. My friends and I took the opportunity to learn as much as we can during our 3 months' time there. We learnt about managing an organic farm that implements the permaculture principles in order to create sustainable and productive agriculture systems. Permaculture concentrates on working together with nature in order to create sustainable and productive systems. As the ancient Indian proverb said, "We did not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow if from our children, " thus it is very crucial to sustain our ecocystem for future usage.
Aside from studying, I actively participated in myriad of students' programme and hold several important roles such as the Secretary of ASASI Students' Association and members of College Students' Council for three consecutive years. I had a chance to hold three different portfolios in a row including publication, communication, academics and not to mention President of the College Student's Council.
Realizing the importance of being physically visible during knowledge sharing with amazing lecturers, I never skipped a class. I deemed that knowledge and information shared by lecturers during classes gave me better understanding regarding the subject and indirectly earn a blessing in learning. Being active with campus' activities has taught me about time management in order to complete the assignments within time besides completing tasks related to co-curricular activities. As for me, we have to enjoy everything we do because it helps to reduce stress and be more focus on our commitment.
We also need to ask diligently if there are things that we did not understand during class. Do not feel shy to ask about anything to avoid lack of information or lack of knowledge about the subject. Another effective way is to enhance your studying methods/techniques is by joining study group and this is one of the methods I have often used since school days. Through this method, we can reinforce our understanding via discussion and knowledge sharing.
" Do my best with no regrets" is my motto which I always uphold. As a human, we should give the best in everything we do and never give up on any failure. Blessing from parents are equally important as they are my source of strength and inspiration.
I have never imagined that I'm going to be awarded with four out of seven awards given during the convocation 39th Convocation Ceremony held in 2015. Among the awards were Chancellor's Gold Award Medal, Royal Education Gold Award Medal (Bumiputera), AlumniGold Award and Award Medal of Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Rashdan Baba.
I received a few work offers immediately after completion of my study and some of it even came before the convocation took place. Apart from my agriculture field, I have the experience working as a secretary, research assistant and assistant restaurant manager. I believed in knowledge expansion beyond of our field of expertise.
We should open our mind and be not too selective with our first career. Knowledge is unlimited. Nowadays, employers are looking for people with broad-based knowledge rather than someone who has learned a specific discipline. They want someone who is versatile with the ability to analyse information, process it, and give it back ia a different form. Alhamdulillah, I'm grateful to receiving an offer to serve my alma matter, Universiti Putra Malaysia as one of the lecturer, here at Centre of Foundation Studies for Agricultural Science (PASP) since March 2016. I'm more than happy to be part of the platform in moulding our future leaders and excite their world with various Agriculture experiences. Ever since day one as a lecturer, teaching has always been my passion. It stems from the personal satisfaction I obtained by helping others especially students.
Last but not least, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Unibersiti Putra Malaysia, Faculty of Agriculture, Center of Foundation Studies For Agricultural Science and my sponsor for thier never ending supports and guidance throughout the years in UPM. My heart will always be with my alma mater and with the knowledge I gained, I will serve for the betterment of our nation.
Ermelia Rohayu Binti Ramlan
Bachelor of Agriculture Science
First Class Honour
Alumni UPM Class 2015
Alumni ASPer Class 2009/2010
Chancellor's Gold Award Medal, 2015
Royal Education Gold Award Medal (Bumiputera),2015
Alumni Gold Award, 2015
Gold Award Medal of Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dr. Rashdan Baba, 2015