Students must vote during the 'Students' Election' because....  

Posted by - amin l poji -

Voting in a local, national or even in universities election is an exciting opportunity provided by democratic nations to their citizens. But some of us don't value that option when we fail to exercise our right to vote. Perhaps living in a third world nation where voting rights do not exist might change our minds.

There are many good reasons to vote, including the following:

1. Casting a vote allows an individual to express a choice among candidates who wish to become student leaders. It's up to each voter to locate available information about each candidate and to make an informed decision about how to vote. Failing to register a vote is tantamount to saying you don't care.Most have opinions about the way things should go, and they should use the voting process to express their preferences.

2. Voting provides a medium for students to support the democratic structure of their universities. Registering to vote means that you believe in the democratic process and will participate in it to represent your right to freedom of speech.

3. Showing up at the poll on voting day sets a good example to others, preferably juniors. Remember, they observe all that you do and will learn from your example, right or wrong as it may be. Civic awareness is an important part of their training and one of the early steps on the road to maturity.

4. Finally, taking time to vote reflects pride in the university that you're currently attending. Never surrender your right to speak your mind via the vote on election day.
Vote smart, choose candidates that could be bringing positive changes to our campus at the same time aid us is any way possible.

Great Leaders are not born, they are made.  

Posted by - amin l poji -

We are born with one common characteristic which is the potential within us. Of course there are many potentials, but the key in dealing with potential is the stimulus and environment that brings it out. In this way, you can look at all of the members of your organization as potential leaders. It's your job to provide the stimulus and environment that enables leaders' potential.

First, let's talk about leadership traits or characteristics. There are many schools of thought on which traits make the best leaders, but the most common traits tend to make sense. One trait is a sense of adventure or exploration - that's not to say that each person has to be a Christopher Columbus who voyages across Atlantic Ocean. It means that leaders seek out the answers in their environment, whether it's Arctic exploration or the assembly line in a manufacturing company. Leaders must have an ability to influence through persuasion - this doesn't necessarily mean that each person will have a charismatic, verbal approach to persuasion, it just means that each leader, in his or her own way, will be able to influence people.

Another common characteristic to leaders is the courage to speak out - if leaders see through their exploration that things could be different, they are going to say something about it instead of sitting on that bit of information. Leaders also have a strong belief and enthusiasm in themselves and what they and their organizations are doing. These are not superhuman traits and characteristics. These are also not characteristics that one is born with or not - for example, if you grew up in an environment where risk-taking was considered foolish, you may not have a belief in yourself as a risk taker. But, in the right environment, who knows what your capabilities are?

So we've seen that leadership characteristics are most likely inherent and can be developed in the right environment. But how do we learn leadership? First of all, we learn leadership through observation and emulation. A potential leader will be on the constant lookout for someone to emulate - and it's your responsibility to lead the way. Some leaders learn through trial and error - think about the number of well-known inventors, authors, and even actors who have been rejected over and over again. With each rejection, these leaders adjusted something about their approach. Leaders learn through taking risks - potential leaders have already taken the time to examine their surroundings and look for ways to innovate. Taking the risk means a leader will speak out, persuade, or just make the change that leads to innovation. Finally, leaders learn through constant self-development. Leaders and potential leaders know that learning and development is a lifetime thing - it doesn't stop when one reaches a goal or a plateau. And leaders are on the lookout for ways to develop at all times.

We're all born with potential - and we can all develop the traits of leadership. That's where you come in. You must create an environment that encourages leaders to be made, otherwise your leaders will rot on the vine or seek out environments that are conducive to their development.

Therefore, in our opinion, leaders are definitely made, not born. But the environment will determine whether potential leaders can develop their talents. 

Birth Order Trait  

Posted by - amin l poji -

Believe it or not, there is something that influences your personality even before you take your first breath. This is your birth order. Research shows that a person's birth order has a direct link with his or her personality. So, is it really true that birth order has direct link with what might have shaped you into who you are today? Lets find out.

It is easy to wonder how two children from the same family can turn out so differently huh?, With completely different personalities and ways of solving problems. Recognizing the immense influence of family dynamics on young children can clear up a lot of the confusion. For example, eldest children look to their parents as role models for their behavior, and may become perfectionistic as parents expect them to act like little adults. Middle children may become more dependent on peer approval and their friends because they tend to get relatively less attention within their families. And youngest children may use humor as a way of securing their parents' attention.

However, birth order actually plays a subtler role than the above examples may suggest. Not all middle children are very gregarious and social, and not all youngest children play the clown. Before assuming that because your middle child is a perfectionist, birth order cannot play a role in your family, you should take a look at some of the factors that may influence how birth order affects your family.

Most important is the spacing of children. If children are more than five years apart, it is more like the parents have two separate families than as if they have two children, an oldest and a youngest. You can expect your ten-year-old to act like an only child, your three-year-old like another oldest child in the family, and your one-year-old to act like the youngest. This is because birth order influences personality the most during the first five years of life. By the same token, if a child is adopted after the age of five, he or she will tend to retain the birth-order characteristics of his place in his original family.

Let say if you are the eldest child in your family, your traits would probably be similar to these. Eldest children and only children look to their parents as the people on whom they should model their behavior. Often problems arise because both parents and the children themselves expect the children to act like little adults. For example, an eldest child who observes a parent re-making his bed may feel guilty because he did not make his bed well enough, and may also seek to make it perfectly next time. This child strongly seeks parental approval. Oldest children often are very sensitive to criticism, very eager to please, and responsible.  

On the contrary, middle children are the most enigmatic. The direction they take is most strongly influenced by their next older sibling. They realize quickly, however, that they are not able to do most things as well as their older sibling, because they are littler and less adept. They most often try to differentiate themselves from their older sibling, for example by being athletic if their older sibling is not, or academic if he is. They may resort to bad behavior in order to get more of their parents' attention, under the rationale that even negative attention is better than no attention. Or, they may realize self-importance within their social sphere, and become less dependent on the family for attention. Either way, what most middle children need most is more attention.

Despite all that, youngest children are most likely to profit from bending of the rules. Many oldest children return from college to find their youngest sibling has no curfew, whereas they had to be home at 10:30 at the same age. Youngest children are often doted on by their parents. However, because they are small, they usually learn to be either an entertainer or someone who stays out of family conflicts, because they are too little to be powerful players in the family. To parent youngest children more effectively, recognize their accomplishments (even though a graduation from primary school may be old hat to you now) and try to stick by your rules.

Not all families are alike, and there are certainly other factors that influence how your child will grow and develop. Good rules and a lot of love remain essential ingredients of good parenting. Understanding birth order, however, will help you become more aware of each of your children's individual circumstances, and help you tailor your approach. Well at least that's our stand. - Amin and Poji signing out-

My Educational Aspiration for 2011  

Posted by - amin l poji -

I'm not a big fan of New Year's resolutions. To resolve is to decide or settle conclusively, which means that if I don't end up doing what I've "resolved" to do, I have failed. I hate failing. Thus, I have come up with a list of New Year's aspirations. An aspiration is a will to succeed. It is a very nebulous definition which inherently removes an ability to fail.

Aspirations reflect individuals' ideas of their "possible selves," what they would like to become, what they might become, and what they do not wish to become. Realizing aspirations requires the investment of time, energy, and resources--both from the young person and from others. The extent to which communities mobilize such support bears on the quality of life, both among students and among adults.

Despite all that, here's a list of what both of us wanted to achieve in 2011:

1. Study smarter.
2. Learn how to relax.
3. Get married
4. Use my mother's cars and bring it here to Micet
5. Hope that all of you out there with aspirations, are able to live it up.

Both of us hope that we would be able to achieved what we wanted in life, and the same goes for all of you who are reading this. Best wishes to you all, and may 2011 bring a prosperous delight upon us all.

Do you think that we should give monetary incentive to the KP2 students to motivate them to get better grades?  

Posted by - amin l poji -

So, what do you guys have in mind? Should we or should we not? Wwll, for starters, not all of us are aware of the term KP2. KP2 refers to students who have obtained two times of pointer below 2.00. In my point of view, we should give monetary incentive to the students because other than aiding them in their studies, this should at least reduce their stress. Stress regarding the problem of money, stress related to their family matter and etc. This should at least put their mind at ease.

However, the incentive should be used in a good manner though. For examples, buying reference books and stationeries. It is not for buying expensive goods for you to show up and dress in style. The money should be put to good use because the people who are giving it to you have far more kinder and greater intention.

If I could rule the world, I would....  

Posted by - amin l poji -

Hmm, wonder what might I do if i have the power to rule the world? Maybe I would like to implement a new rules in the education sector. I would like to abolish all the necessary payments that are needed to be paid before one pursues his or her study. This would really help in improving our educational system and level as well as aiding  the poor society of the country to further their studies. Well, that Fauzy's opinion.

In my point of view, if I were given the power the rule the world, I would like to terminate all the on-going war between various countries. For example, the South and North Korea and also Israel and Palestine.
Peace declaration and truce are often the main subjects of the news nowdays and yet the war is still in progress.
People life's are at stakes, and if there's something that i can do to prevent it from becoming worse, I'll go for it.

People, It's Chinese New Year !!  

Posted by - amin l poji -

The Chinese New Year is coming. That means, holiday !!
Its funny that holidays, classes and students is very close-related, haha.
When it comes to holidays, students are very exticed just to hear about it, and started planning days or maybe weeks before. Yet when it comes to classes, tutorials, labs and so on, we often heard "Huh?!, I thought it was cancelled?" or "Ngantuk wehh!" and a little of this and that. Well that is common among us right? We ourselves can't escape the feeling of laziness come upon ourselves and drift us away. However, as a student which has certain obligations towards our parents and lecturers, we must put aside the emotions and do what is necessary.

For the coming holidays, most of our housemates are going home and the two of us altogether with Helmi and Pullah are not. It looks like we will be celebrating Chinese New Year with blankets and pillows.