A Story Behind the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals
The Faculty of Industrial Sciences & Technology won three medals (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) in the recent Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Expo; represented by Dr. Saifful Kamaluddin Muzakir. The following is the summary of an interview, conducted by JKK Portal to spread the philosophy of research from his perspective.
"I was upset and demotivated due to series of failed experiments. However, I regained the desire for a breakthrough as soon after I realized that..."
Oh, Almighty Allah, I could not express how grateful I am today because of these medals! Thank you, Allah!
The medals are the symbol of a great teamwork. Kudos to the team viz., Farha, Juja, Shao En, Seat Lian, Guang Xiang and Dr. Ahmad Salihin (Picture 1).
I want to share the story of failures that I have been through. I have failed many experiments due to ignorance of sound fundamental knowledge. I agree if people label me as arrogant, I don't blame them.
My learning style, which is dominated by experiential learning has made me could not just read and accept any facts without experiencing them on my own.
Surely, I was upset and demotivated due to series of failed experiments. However I regained the desire for a breakthrough as soon after I realized that the laboratory tools i.e., Gaussian 09W software is similar to Need for Speed PC games, the Absorption Spectrometer is somehow related to my Nikon D90 Camera, and the slurry that supposed to conduct electricity which I am working on looks like mixture of flour, water, and sugar for making lempeng.
Do I ever back off when the cops busted me for driving recklessly in the Need for Speed games? (I only got 1 speeding ticket in my entire life, so far by the way)
Do I stop from taking photos just because of 10 bad shots (Picture 2)?
Do I hate lempeng just because I use the wrong ratio of water and flour?
Of course NO! I will find ways to get rid of the cops, retake the shots, and simply improvise the mixture till the checkered flag, till the last Byte, and till the final spoon of tepung cap sauh.
I never give up in any PC Games before, why should I give up now?
These are my advice for the students who are about to cry at the corner of the laboratory (Picture 3); improvise, look from different angles, communicate (with lab partner and supervisor), take a break, go somewhere you could find peace, if you believe you are not wrong - prove it.
My dear boys and girls, we are our own parasite, we don't need a host to live (Cobain, 1993).
Picture 1: The S.E.G.A.R Team (from left) Guang Xiang, Shao En, Seat Lian, Saifful Kamaluddin, Farha and Juja.
Picture 2: Browse through https://www.openlearning.com/courses/solar-cell-technology to know the recipe of this Gold medal.
Picture 3: Expose yourselves to threats, you'll get the experience how bad you could be beaten.