Event Portal: What Are Your Favourite Sunwayians’ New Year’s Resolutions?

With January arriving, many of us come up with New Year’s resolutions that we are determined to stick to for the rest of the year. Although these resolutions are often abandoned a month or two later, abiding by these resolutions can actually do us a lot of good. Looking for some inspiration to set your own resolutions? Read on to find out the New Year’s resolutions of your beloved Sunwayians – famous TikTokers, a national rhythmic gymnast, Sunway University club presidents and more!

Disclaimer: All opinions and views shared in this article are those of the interview respondents and do not necessarily represent the opinions and views of Sunway Echo Media and Sunway University.

Hsiang Yee

Sunway University Actuarial Science Student, Fire Performer, TikToker and YouTuber

Tell us about yourself!

Hello, I’m Hsiang Yee, an Actuarial Science student at Sunway University. Part-time, I work at Sunway Lagoon as a fire performer. Apart from that, my boyfriend Michael and I run a Tiktok and YouTube channel together.

How are you feeling about 2022?

I’m feeling very hopeful for 2022. Apart from that I feel very calm. 

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

My New Year’s resolutions are to be 100% present wherever I am. This year I hope to keep my family well taken care of, so that they can live happily and not worry about anything. My dreams for 2022 are to finance holidays and adventures for my family.

Any personal goals that you hope to achieve in 2022?

I have three personal goals I hope to achieve this year. Firstly, start and run a profitable business. Secondly, participate in a rock climbing competition and finance an overseas holiday for my family.

Anything you want to change about yourself in 2022?

One thing I want to change about myself in the year 2022 is to try to eat as plant-based foods as possible.

Jennifer Lee

Sunway University ACCA-FIA Lecturer

Tell us about yourself!

My childhood ambition materialized 23 years ago when I stood in front of a class of 40 students and gave my first lecture on the subject Numerical Aspects of Business. My diary is filled with unforgettable and beautiful memories with my students throughout these years of lecturing. It has been a tireless journey, investing my all in bringing out the best in my students.

I am continuously inspired by one of Nelson Mandela’s quotes on the value of education, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Thus, I view being a teacher as a noble profession. There is a saying, “Teaching is a profession that creates all other professions.” and I believe in it. If some people claim they live to eat, I however, live to learn. Learning has no expiry date, it is a continuous process.

How are you feeling about 2022?

Despite the immeasurable trials and mishaps faced from the ongoing pandemic and the discovery of the new coronavirus variants, we Malaysians fared better in 2021 compared to 2020, although 2021 has been very challenging in different ways. I hope that this road to recovery continues to lead us through 2022 and beyond. The year 2022 is a new beginning filled with renewed hope and strength, awarded with success, unlocked more doors of opportunities, blessed with glamorous and fabulous days ahead. 

The ongoing pandemic taught me not to procrastinate in my actions and prompted me that time and tide wait for no man. I am keeping my fingers crossed for 2022 to be gracious for all and our days ahead are blessed with good health, luck, peace and joy. 

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Both as a lecturer and an individual.

My resolution for this new year as a lecturer is to put forth greater effort in my lecturing skills and guide my students towards the path they should follow in life, open their minds and touch their hearts and souls. 

As an individual, I hope to inspire the younger generations to reach their goals and achieve their dreams and believe in lifelong learning.

Any personal goals that you hope to achieve in 2022?

The kitchen is the place that I have utilized the least at home; therefore, one of my personal goals for this year is to learn to cook some signature dishes and bake cakes for my loved ones. Notwithstanding, my other personal goals are to pick up singing as a new hobby and live a well-balanced lifestyle. 

Anything you want to change about yourself in 2022?

I am not sure whether it is a strength or weakness when many people around me have commented that I love and care for others more than I do for myself. Therefore, from now on, I want to love myself unconditionally, just as how I love those dearest to me.

Tammy Ng Jia Wen

Sunway American Degree Transfer Program Student and Malaysia National Rhythmic Gymnast

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Tammy, and I’m turning 20 this year. I’m a full-time student in Sunway – currently in my 7th semester in ADTP (Science and Engineering) and a full-time rhythmic gymnast representing Malaysia since I was 14.

How are you feeling about 2022?

Although 2022 has just begun, I am pretty optimistic and hope that some things will be changed for the better.

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Both as a gymnast and an individual.

As a national team athlete, I want to work hard and give my best during training and competitions. Of course, I also hope to achieve my dream of getting a gold medal in the upcoming 2022 SEA Games in Hanoi, and make my family and Malaysia proud. 

As an individual, I’d like to take good care of my health, both mentally and physically, spend more time with my family, and do the meaningful things that I love.

Any personal goals that you hope to achieve in 2022?

One of my ultimate goals is to get a gold medal in the SEA Games, along with my teammates. Another goal that I hope to achieve is to transfer to an Ivy League university in America with a scholarship after completing my studies in ADTP. 

Anything you want to change about yourself in 2022?

I am a pretty timid and self-conscious person and I tend to overthink matters. I’m really hoping that I can adjust and improve these aspects of myself. 

Any hopes for the Malaysia national team in 2022?

Since the pandemic, the Malaysian athletes have been very badly hit, and it was recently announced that many national athletes have been axed due to budget cuts. I hope the relevant parties will look into the issue and reconsider ways to help out athletes as this will also largely impact the younger generation of athletes and the future of Malaysian sports. 

Besides, some of the major sports events such as the SEA Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games as well as the winter Olympics are being held this year. Hence, I really hope Malaysians will give their biggest support to all our athletes, and I believe that each Malaysian athlete will give their best to make Malaysia proud.

Aishah Shapari

Yayasan Peneraju Bumiputera Scholar and Sunway Sports Council President

Tell us about yourself!

I’m Aishah Binti Mohd Shapari, but you can call me Aishah. I’m 21 years old, a Yayasan Peneraju Bumiputera Scholar currently studying for the ACCA. I’m also the President of the Sunway Sports Council’s 2022 term.

How are you feeling about 2022?

2021 has had its ups and downs, and I sometimes felt that I could not catch up with the changes that happened very fast. Thus, I think that 2022 is the year for me to apply what I have learnt in the past few years. I believe that 2022 will give me another chance for self-improvement and self-recovery.

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Both as the SSC President and an individual.

SSC will be at the top of my priorities in 2022. I promise that I will give my best for this organization and not have any regrets. Apart from that, I hope that I will be a better person day by day and never leave my members behind as they are a pivotal part of this organization.

Each year, my personal resolution is to improve all aspects of myself, and it is no different this year – I will strive to do so in 2022. I want to be more productive and be able to contribute to society. Apart from that, I would like to travel the world to meet new people and broaden my horizon to various perspectives.

Any personal goals that you hope to achieve in 2022?

My personal goal for 2022 is to do my very best in everything. For now, I would say this would refer to my studies and the Sports Council. I also want to form more valuable bonds with everyone I meet throughout the year, while also maintaining good relationships with my family and friends.

Anything you want to change about yourself in 2022?

Answering this has made me reflect on who I was in 2021. During the past few years, I have taken things easy and it caused me to miss out on many opportunities. So, this year, I aim to be more prepared and serious to take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself.

Any hopes for the Sports Council in 2022?

First and foremost, my ultimate goal is for all members to gain as much as we can from this organization as there are so many more things to experience this year. Besides, I also hope that we, the Sunway Sports Council, will be a helping hand to all Sunway students with their needs, particularly those related to a healthy lifestyle and sports opportunities.

Julia Rosalyn

Sunway University Psychology Student and Sunway Echo Media President 

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Julia Rosalyn, and I’m 20 years old, turning 21 this year. I’m a second-year Psychology student here at Sunway University and the President of Sunway Echo Media.

How are you feeling about 2022?

I feel hopeful that 2022 will bring about new opportunities for improvement and success that may not have been available in 2021. I don’t think that 2022 will be any easier than the previous years, but I hope that it will be a year filled with strength and patience to get through any challenges.

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Both as the Sunway Echo Media President and as an individual.

For Echo, I would like to foster a supportive environment that enables every member’s contribution and opinion to be respected and valued. I aspire that every member has a key takeaway from their time in Echo,contributing to their learning experience and self-enhancement. In regards to valuing each member’s contributions, I would love to extend that appreciation externally by increasing awareness about Echo as a student leadership body within the Sunway community.

My personal professional goal in life is to successfully continue my higher studies to pursue a career in cognitive neuropsychology. In terms of personal goals, I aim to seek out fulfillment and peace throughout my life despite any obstacles that may emerge so that I can be more present for my loved ones.

Any personal goals that you hope to achieve in 2022?

In 2022, I would like to focus mainly on building a more healthy working lifestyle.My studies will be my main focus in 2022, but I would like to pair that with more mindfulness practice and more effective stress management.

Anything you want to change about yourself in 2022?

I dislike the concept of “changing oneself” in the new year as it may promote a negative self-perception, wherein you feel inclined to view a certain trait of yourself as inherently wrong. Rather, I prefer looking at a trait of myself that I would like to transform into something positively affecting my life. That said, I would like to transform my doubts and worries into opportunities for self-reflection, whereby instead of viewing things simply through its potential deficiencies, I would like to acknowledge that there may be weaknesses but rather work at understanding why they exist and how I can build upon them to improve.

Any hopes for Sunway Echo Media in 2022?

I can only hope for the best for Echo Media in 2022 because I am extremely grateful for the talented and dedicated team that I have the honour to work alongside. My main hope is that all Echo’s members have the opportunity to contribute to their heart’s content by establishing a smoother publication system as well as a closer interdepartmental relationship and communication. I would also like Echo to delve more into areas or initiatives that we haven’t before!

Throughout 2021, we’ve had our fair share of ups and downs. What matters though, is that everyone has celebrated those wonderful moments and pulled through the rough ones. 2022 is a new journey; a new beginning for everyone. May our dear readers take these amazing people as an inspiration and look forward to a smashing new year ahead!

Written by: Poorani & Natalie

Edited by: Maki

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