How Supportive Are Malaysian Parents Really? Take This Poll To Find Out

Did they want you to study medicine too?

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We often joke about how strict Malaysian parents are and how they don't allow us to make our own decisions. But is it really true?

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Study hard, go for tuition, do your extracurricular activities, get good grades at school... Sound familiar? On the flip side, did they discourage you to follow your personal interests and passions even though they didn't understand them?

That's what we want to find out!

Are Malaysian parents supportive of their teenage kids? Take this poll to find out:

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So, are you surprised at the poll results? Or are they exactly what you imagined when it comes to Malaysian parents?

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There's no denying that our parents only want what's best for us because they love us. But sometimes, what they think is best, just isn't going to work out for us.

This is especially the case when it comes to choosing your university course and future career

If you and your parents are on the same page, that's great! But in case your parents need a little convincing to allow you to study what you want, here are some handy tips:

1. Research everything you need to know about the course you're interested in
This includes the subjects you'll cover, the potential career you could have, the financial aid available, and anything else your parents would want to know.

2. Be prepared for all the questions your parents will ask
You know them better than anyone else. What are their main concerns? Is it whether you'll be able to get a job? Or how much pay you'll receive? Maybe they think you'll lose interest in the course mid-way?

Consider the reasons why they aren't on board with your decision, and address them one by one in a clear and concise way. Try not to be overly assertive or defensive.

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3. Pitch it to them creatively and professionally
Show them how serious you are about the course of your interest in a fun way! Create a PowerPoint presentation or poster. Add interesting facts and statistics to backup your points.

4. Invite them to join your passion
At the end of the day, your parents just want you to be happy. So let them see how passionate you are about your course! Are you interested in design? Show them your sketch books, doodles, graphics, and artworks. Explain how the industry is growing and what you plan to do with your talent.

5. Choose a quality institution
Find an institution that offers great courses in your field of interest, with excellent facilities in a convenient location. Do your research, visit the open days with your parents, and get first-hand knowledge on the institution.

If you're looking to further your studies, First City University College is definitely a place that both you and your parents will agree on

First City UC is one of the few private university colleges to boast an outdoor football field.

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Renowned for affordable and quality education, some of First City UC’s programs include:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Mass Communication
  • Hospitality Management
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Architecture & Design
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Electronic and Mechanical Engineering
  • Software Engineering

The annual Sequence showcase event allows graduating design students to demonstrate their industrial readiness.

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First City UC has world-class facilities that include a library, an IT centre, Centre for Postgraduate Studies, engineering labs, as well as studios and workshops.

There is also comfortable air-conditioned on-campus accommodation with ensuite bathrooms, indoor futsal, badminton and basketball courts, a large cafeteria, and a cool student lounge.

The indoor badminton court is a popular spot for FCUC students to spend their free time.

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First City UC is open for the September and October intakes! Be sure to bring your parents along for the Open Day sessions.

Here are the dates to remember:

  • 17 & 18, 24 & 25 August 2019
  • 7 & 8, 14 & 15 September 2019

Hospitality students can sharpen their culinary skills at First City’s training kitchen.​

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There is also the #FIRSTCLASS Experience Program, which provides students aged between 16 and 20 the opportunity to experience First City UC’s state-of-the-art campus, teaching, and learning facilities

During this program, you'll get to be independent and practise your leadership skills while discovering your passion on campus. Make new friends from all over Malaysia, share knowledge, and get a head start in furthering your education!

An Engineering student shows off his Ladder Climbing Robot project.​

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Get more information on how to join the #FIRSTCLASS Experience Program here!

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