Alumni Success Story Series continues for the year 2017! Read on as we unraveled more of Jason Ang of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia journeys as a volunteer and how his passion has brought him to over many places without boundaries.
YSS: Hello Jason. Could you give us a little bit introduction of yourself to the readers?
Jason: Hi, I am Jason Ang, currently a third-year undergraduate pursuing Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical-Aeronautics) in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Johor Bahru main campus. I was born in a small fish village and came from a low-income family. I perceive myself as a person who possessed many small dreams. One of my dreams is to volunteer abroad and YSS has realized my dream. I am one of the lucky Alumni of Yayasan Sukarelawan Siswa after joining YSS-ASEAN Student Volunteer Mission to Savannakhet in Lao PDR from 4 April to 17 April 2015.
YSS: You have had some fair-share of experience in volunteering before joining YSS. What makes you want to volunteer? From what I know, you have travelled to many countries just to do volunteer works. That is so admirable of you. Please tell us of your volunteering experience.
Jason: I have always questioned myself as to why I have such an intense desire to volunteer abroad instead of doing it locally? Well I think after experiencing it myself I have to say that volunteering abroad is more fun, challenging and eye-opening. My endeavour with volunteerism has started after I came back the YSS mission I just couldn’t stop right after. Through HelpX, an online website dedicated for volunteer, I managed to volunteer in Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines and China between 2014 and 2015. Now, I am actively volunteering locally such as involving in UTM Free Meal Project, volunteering at Berkat’s Children Home, volunteering at Pusat Jagaan Orang Tua Ceria, visiting the Handicapped And Mentally Disabled Children Association Johor Bahru, etc. It is not the service hours that count, the values lie on the sincerity to help others without being measured by money. As the saying goes, “volunteers are not paid, not because they’re worthless but because they’re priceless.” Volunteerism spirit is contagious, I have friends who asked me about volunteering opportunities especially with YSS.
YSS: Asides from being an avid volunteer, you are also one of the top students at your university and as far as anyone knows your course is tough to begin with. How do you manage your time to study in between your tight schedules? Also please tell our readers on how volunteering has brought a person’s capacity building based on your opinion? Such excellence is exemplary for anyone of us to follow.
Jason: You do not have time to volunteer because you want to score GPA 4.00 or being engaged in the student organization? It is not a reason but an excuse. While I am actively spending time to volunteer, nevertheless I was able to achieve academic excellence with GPA 3.99/4.00 and now I am the President of Golden Key International Honour Society UTM Student Chapter. No more excuse. If you want to see the world, volunteer. If you want to know yourself better, volunteer. If you like to challenge yourself, volunteer. Helping others is not the one and only reason in volunteerism. Volunteering is character-building and values-adding. You help to build yourself as a grateful and better person when you help others.
YSS: Any last words before we end this interview?
Jason: Last but not least, I would like to say a big thank you to Dato’ Zuraidah Atan, the chairman of Yayasan Sukarelawan Siswa, for being one of the most influential persons in my volunteerism as well as my collegiate career. I thank her for selecting me to join the mission and continuously supporting me. I idolize her as she is that one person who would give me amazing advises and inspires me to dream more. Today, I strive to be an excellent YSS Alumni to achieve more in academics, leadership and service.
“If you cannot do something big, then volunteer to make a difference. Volunteer and leave the world better than when you live.”