The Creative Force.
Haven’t we all had moments when we just feel unmotivated to give our best, whether at work or in school? Apparently not for this 18-year-old. She is blazing a path towards achieving her dreams, all despite the challenges of being the third child amongst 11 children, with 8 younger siblings.
An alumna of Madrasah Al-Maarif Al-Islamiah, Siti Aisyah Iskandar Muda Abdul Jalil’s dream of becoming a doctor was the primary motivator for her to continue to work hard to achieve her best in her studies.
“Of course, it wasn’t easy. However, my main goal for studying was to get a good school placement, thus a good job, so that one day I could make my parents proud of me, insyaAllah,” she explained.
The former student of Madrasah Al-Maarif is currently studying in the science stream at National Junior College (NJC).
“If not a doctor, I’ve always wanted to become an astronaut,” added Siti Aisyah, smiling as she shared her high aspirations.
In her spare time, she is also involved in community activities, such as attending recommended activities at Yayasan Mendaki, and volunteering at Masjid En-Naeem in Hougang.
In 2017, the PROMAS Performance Award was granted to Siti Aisyah for her outstanding achievements, considering her family’s financial situation. Other than compensating school fees, the scheme also supports other needs, such as providing food coupons and transport fares to school.
“This (receiving a portion of Zakat money) is a kind of entrustment (amanah), because the main reason that I can still study in madrasah is due to the support of the community,” said Siti Aisyah. “So, I feel that it has become a responsibility of mine to give back to the community.”
Where there’s a will, there’s a way. This inspiring lady is even finding ways to give back to her community! So, what was our excuse, again?