Meet Ummi Tasfia from Singapore:
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF IN 1 LINE.
I’m a dormant volcano
TELL US SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU.
I have an adopted sister in Bangladesh, adopted by my Grandmother.
WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
Do not mould yourself into someone else’s expectations
TELL US ABOUT A TIME WHEN THIS PIECE OF ADVICE CAME IN USEFUL.
When I was choosing my course in University, I really questioned what I wanted in life. I chose engineering at first, thinking that it was the most logical choice, following the herd, taking on the ‘safer’ choice. After I received my acceptance, I had 10 days to accept or reject it. From the day I submitted the application, I had been feeling a sense of discomfort in my stomach, that something just didn’t feel right to me. Ironically, it was my dad who majored in Engineering who gave me different, fresher perspectives. He gave me his full support, and I applied to Earth Sciences, because it aligned with my goal to serve others, knowing Global Warming is a pressing issue.