And here we go again. Hey there, we meet again in our second reflection journal. I have no idea what happened to my other reflection journal. It's so mysterious how things work in UTM.
Let's continue on the real stuff then. The first class we had of seminar, we had it on Sunday. We had to replace the class on that day because on the upcoming Wednesday would be the Eid. On our first seminar of the two weeks period, we were introduced to three experienced engineers for sharing session. The first speaker was Ir. Khairul Annular Sulaiman, a preservation engineer from Sabah Shell Petroleum Company. From his talk, we were introduced to the 'Engineering Overview' topic. He touched the subject of definition, basic roles, branches of engineering and how to be a professional engineer. Besides that, he also mentioned about the roles of BEM & IEM. During this talk, I was being bombarded by many questions such as was I made the right decision by furthering my studies in chemical engineering, or will I even get a job later. It was very disconcerting to be put in that situation in a hall full of guys that really had set their mind into that direction than me, who still stumbling upon my path on my way up there. I found out that I was mentally unprepared for the life outside this university. Listening to their life experience, which outgrew mine by a million miles, I found out that I had bring nothing to the table. Through this, again, I found that I have to quickly adapt to the new life here but in the same time preparing for my working life out there in the matter of four years time, InsyaAllah. As one of the speakers had said, the years we had in here, UTM I mean, would be a very short time once you get the hang of things here. So, I have to try my best here and destroy all the initial doubt I had from the beginning of the seminar and become the best of the best.
The next speaker was my favourite speaker of all. A female engineer, Mrs. Noor Aisah Tawab, a civil engineer who's now a director of operations of Women and Children hospital Project in Konsortium ProHAWK Sdn. Bhd. In Kuala Lumpur. As we all know, female engineers are an endangered species in Malaysia, so the fact that the seminar had invited one and I got to meet a real life female engineer face-to-face was an experience that I held cherished to myself. While the first speaker kind of pulled me back to Earth and made me realized the reality of my situation, the second speaker, Mrs Aisah motivated me to be a better engineer. She made me realized that anything is possible with just great determination and focused hardwork. She proved us, to me especially that you can be a good mother, a loyal wife, a dutiful daughter and yet in the same time be a dedicated engineer without one overweighing the others. She talked about lots of things, things that I paid a lot of attention to. From her talk on the role of engineers in nation building and what it takes to be a successful engineer, I found that I need to have the sheer determination to help our country and never ever take things for granted and fight all out.
The third and final speaker of the day was the most unforgettable one for me. Mr. Mohd Shahriwan Idris is a Health, Safety, Security, Environmental and Quality (HSSEQ) Manager in Langsat Terminal (One) Sdn. Bhd. For his part, he mostly mentioned about the risk of being hurt at work and the rules and regulation of a safe working environment. In some of his slides, there were some graphic images of some gory accident that might have happened while you were working. So, during his talk, I felt so horrified and a little bit paranoid because I ever even think about what kind of bad things could have happened to us.However he had assured us that as long as you follow the rules set by the safety and health's department, there would not be any problem. From his talk, I found out that you should always making sure that your working environment is safe and that your action cannot leads you to an accident, whether intentionally or unintentionally.
Next class of seminar touched the topic on how to utilize Microsoft Excel and how to produce a good presentation. I have little experience using Microsoft Excel as my school or matriculation curriculum had not emphasized on this part very much, so it kind of took me some time to adjust myself to the program. The process to get to know the program was a bit irritating and it took me quite sometimes to get the answer that they want. So, yeah. However after I had adjusted myself to the Excel, I found that the program had made the calculation of many data can be easily calculated by just simply entering a few codes. Surely it would be very useful for us in our career later as we would be dealing with numbers and calculation. Besides that, we can also plotted graph in Excel, something that I have no idea about. This part would be extremely useful in mathematics part. The second session of the seminar introduced us to a better way to put up your presentation. Though of the things shown in the slides I have known (due to the many presentation I had done in the past), there were actually some points I found that you should never do during the presentation such as never overdo on the animation part of the slides. It was something that I have done in the past because I thought it would be interesting and won't be distracting or misleading. So, I have learned from my lesson there. At the end of the seminar, I found things that I never knew before. So it teaches that no matter how much you have found out in life, there's always more knowledge behinds it.
So, let's move on to our Introduction to Engineering (ITE) class. In these last a couple of weeks, we only have two ITE classes when we were supposed to have four of them. The first one was on Eid, so we were all going home on that day. The second cancelled ITE class was a last minute cancellation due to the worsen haze condition. So, it's actually easier this time for me to write the reflection journal.
Okay, so, for the first ITE class in this two-week period of time, we did the 'Engineering Overview' presentation. It was the moment where our team dreaded since we did not ace our presentation last time. But thankfully, we did ace our presentation this time and nailed it in less than 7 minutes (learned from our last lesson). We prepared our heart out that day because we did not want the past to make a second experience on that day. From this, I learned that we need to give our full preparation during whatever presentation that we need to do and become proud of our work, as my teammates and I did on that day because we had tried our best on that day and I felt very satisfied and happy of our work.
The second and final class of ITE in our two weeks period, introduced us to the CPBL learning and our next and new assignment. Hahaha. Our next assignment was big. It intimidated me so much. I don't know whether I can do it or not but hopefully I can. Anyway, back to the real topic, in our second ITE class, we were taught how to extract the problem out of the situation given and did problem restatement and problem identification on the 'Mosquito problem' example. Through this, I learned the learning and thinking process on how to deal with problem and it begins with problem restatement and problem identification. Dr Zaki had explained to us that the skills that we gain from this CPBL learning would be very helpful for us in our career as we won't know what our potential employer would demand out of us. So, from this class, I gain the initial knowledge on how to become a good problem solver through CPBL.
That is all from me for this week reflection journal. We will meet again for the next two week session. Goodbye.