A meaningful learning does not necessarily take place in formal conditions. In fact, we informally learn from others surrounding our world. In a community of practice, among the substances that help members in the community to grow emotionally and professionally is through story-telling. On that basis, I purposefully invited one of my master students who graduated in 2014 to come to our faculty and shared her story with my other post graduate students. The spirit was to share thoughts on what doing research is all about, what it takes to make it through and the utmost interesting part was what is the feeling like to have finished the research and graduated with flying colours.
Ummu was an example of thousands of students who passed their masters study. But her story was unique and was described by some of my current students as inspirational indeed - especially when she had to check in to hotels to finish up the writing and left her newly born baby with her parents. Money was not an issue that time. Her determination and perseverance really made her to move on.
It was feeling good every time I see my students getting together and exchange stories and ideas. As a researcher, we cannot think and work alone. Ideas has to be shared, solution has to be discussed, achievement has to be celebrated together. Well, my vision is to make them feel the sense of belonging to this community.
My heartful thanks to everybody who attended this session, including our invited guest - Ummu. Fly high everyone! ^__^
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