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Take Charge of Your Own Future

 

To succeed in life, you must take charge of your own future. But for Jumali Bin Saidi, he learned this lesson the hard way.

Being the youngest in a family with five sons, Jumali was pampered by his parents when he was young. Drifting through his Primary school days, life was just about playing and having fun. He went into the Normal Technical stream as a result.
 
But reality struck when Jumali was in Secondary One.  His mother passed away after a long fight with a long term illness.

“Study hard if you want a better future.” Those were the last words his mother left for him just before she passed away. Those words had a great impact on Jumali, as it was then that Jumali realized that his mother had been worried about his poor performance in school – even as she struggled with her illness.

 

That became the turning point in Jumali’s life.

 

“It was a wake-up call for me to take charge of my own future,” he said.

 

The former student of Dunearn Secondary School was determined to fulfil his mother’s wishes and focused on his studies.

Initially, Jumali found it a challenge to sit down and study – even for short periods. But with encouragement from his family, he learned to discipline himself and concentrate on his school work.

 

His grades began to take a turn for the better and that helped to build his confidence.

 

After passing his GCE ‘N’ Levels (Technical), Jumali joined ITE and did very well in his Mechantronics course. His good results secured him a place in the Diploma in Mechatronics course with SP. Motivated by his success, Jumali went on to score 15 distinctions and As out of his 22 modules – and even took a optional module in Chinese Language!

 

Jumali plans to further his studies after gaining some job experience. He has started working and his immediate priority is to provide his 76-year old father with a more comfortable life and put aside some savings.

 

In his free time, Jumali reads and does aquascaping. He enjoys decorating fish tanks with a variety of colourful fishes, plants, gravel and artifacts. Through the unique hobby, Jumali has benefited in many ways.  Apart from helping him to develop his creative energy, the hobby has enabled Jumali to make new friends as he shares his labour of love with other aquascaping enthusiasts by showcasing them on the internet.

 

It is not difficult to sense how much Jumali values life and how he treasures his loved ones.

 

The fragility of life has shaped Jumali’s outlook in life tremendously. It was only recently that his three-year old niece passed away following a battle with illnesses.

 

“Life is brittle and people must treasure their loved ones and spend more time with them,” Jumali said. He added that achievements are only meaningful when they are shared and celebrated with people who are dear to you.

 

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