The Model Student – Attending college is a major threshold in life, as it marks the beginning of an adventure in a totally different environment from high school. As of 2017, there were 524,350 students that are enrolled in local private higher institutions in Malaysia.
One of the most important aspects of college life is what students do outside their classrooms, particularly as it relates to self-discovery and personal growth. Students often learn more outside their academic studies, especially when being immerse in an international environment and it directly shapes how students develop themselves both personally and professionally.
The Model Student
Tee Wan Ying is currently studying Psychology at INTI International College Subang (INTI), under the 4+0 Southern New Hampshire University, USA degree program. In 2017, she took the bold step to enter a modelling contest organised by Amber Chia Academy and she won the contest.
She later received a sponsorship to join a modelling course and placed Top 3 in the Female category in Face of Malaysia 2018. She is now able to support herself with her part-time job as a model.
Growing up in Mentakab, Pahang, she had humble aspirations for her future and had wanted a career that enabled her to meet people, hence her study choice of Psychology.
In fact, this talented lass is more than good looks. Wan Ying secured a sports scholarship to study in INTI as she was a volleyball player who took part in the ASEAN School Games while she was studying at the Bukit Jalil Sports School.
As part of her scholarship, she is also required to represent the college in volleyball competitions.
“I have to admit I am sometimes overwhelmed with the responsibilities of both work and studies, but I am aware and I can understand my own emotions. I would then take steps to deal with my own emotions before reacting, which would for those who are unfamiliar with the process, could mean panicking and suffering from negative thoughts.” – Tee Wan Ying
The model student – Wan Ying continues to create waves in the modelling field. Among the fashion shows she has been part of were the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2018 and Perak Fashion Week 2018, and for brands such as Levi’s, Fiziwoo and Zalora.
While she is due to graduate at the end of 2019, Wan Ying has her hopes high.
“I enjoy modelling but I would not want to pursue it as a full-time career after my studies. I would like a job beyond the catwalk and hope after I have completed my internship with a Human Resource Department at one of the banks, I will know what I would do upon graduation.”
Dr Jane Lim, Chief Executive of INTI International Subang shares;
“College is the best place to begin a journey of self-discoverey before embracing real roles and responsibilities – or to use a trendier term, ‘adulting’. College provides a safe space for students to try, fail, succeed, to share ideas and to make connections with people from various backgrounds and countries.”
“The lesson gleaned from the classroom and beyond during college are ultimately lessons for life and sets the pace for lifelong learning.”
Khir Khalid is a marketing consultant and a passionate content writer dedicated to empower businesses through integrated digital marketing that lead to meaningful growth. He is a member of the Institute Of Marketing Malaysia, and also a columnist at Utusan Malaysia, Utusan Digital and a contributor to Marketing In Asia. > PROFILE