From Humble Roots to Big Dreams at the University of Malaya is a memoir essay by Kavita Geeva, an HR consultant with a passion for writing. As per our FAQ, the copyright of this essay belongs to Kavita Geeva.
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In the embrace of a family that envisioned a different future for me, the notion of stepping into a university was foreign territory.
Their expectations danced around the traditional rhythm of marriage at 18 or 19, a tune ingrained in the tapestry of our modest, contented existence.
However, within the chambers of my heart, a melody sang a different tune—a melody that resonated with the dream of attending the prestigious University of Malaya, touted as the pinnacle of education in Malaysia.
Born into a humble middle-class family, or rather one that dwelled beneath that designation, our life unfolded in the simplicity of joy.
A caring mother and a father who, during weekends, found solace in badminton and games, painted the backdrop of my childhood.
My parents, having embarked on the journey of marriage at a tender age, had carved a life of independence for themselves, setting the stage for the unconventional aspirations I held.
Faced with the realities of our family’s financial landscape, I took it upon myself to provide tuition to our neighbors’ children, earning pocket money that would later fund my SPM and STPM examination fees.
A piggy bank, shaped like a car, became the vessel of my dreams—to save for a car by the age of 21. Yet destiny had a different plan, and at 20, I found myself behind the wheel of a vibrant red Kancil, a testament to my determination and tenacity.
In the absence of self-improvement books and motivational speakers, I charted my course with an innate will to succeed. Reflecting upon my journey now, I am astounded by the path I chose—a path navigated without the guidance of manifesting gurus.
Post-SPM, I embarked on a job in a nearby office, earning a modest monthly salary of RM500. Every ringgit saved contributed to the acquisition of a driving license, a stepping stone toward the realization of my dreams.
Securing admission to the University of Malaya marked the culmination of a dream, leaving me wordless in gratitude to the benevolence of the universe.
Amidst the lectures and lessons, I continued to impart knowledge to children in the vicinity of my university, driven by the belief that as women, we must cultivate independence and self-motivation to manifest our aspirations.
In the tapestry of my life, each thread was woven with resilience, determination, and an unwavering commitment to realizing my dreams.