Monisha Suresh has a crystal-clear idea about what lifelong learning means for her. After graduating with a Bachelor of Management degree at the 21st Convocation in 2017, she wasted no time in getting back to studying. She is currently still with OUM, this time enrolled in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme.

“Continuous learning is important as it keeps our minds open while helping us to build on what we already know,” Monisha explains. “The more we learn, the better we become at seeing the different sides of a situation.”

At 24, Monisha is one of the youngest in her batch, but she has discovered a factor which unites them all: a passion for learning.

“The majority of my peers are middle-aged, and at first, I was taken aback by the age difference. However, once we started talking, I felt really comfortable about sharing with and learning from them.”

So why now and why an MBA? Says Monisha, “I’m confident that the MBA will yield a return on investment in my future. It will make me more skilled and versatile, no matter what industry I’m in. I hope it will also put me in better stead to capture the attention of potential employers.”

The Johor-born lass works as a human resource officer at an Anglo-Australian multinational company based in Kuala Lumpur and credits the women in her life as her reason for success.

“I’m inspired by the line of strong women who came before me,” she says proudly. “Whether mothers, daughters, educators or counsellors, all of them had gone through challenges, pushed forward,

persevered and achieved their dreams. I saw how hard they had strived to make a better future for themselves and their families. They have supported, advised and showed me the way, for which I am truly thankful.”

Monisha is particularly wistful about her mother. “She became a single mother when my father left us. She took it upon herself to bring up my sister and me in the best way she could. She always reminded me that education would help when no one else could. This is the reason I try so hard to do well in my studies.”

In a few short years, Monisha will complete her MBA. But even then, she won’t be done with studying as she plans to enrol in a PhD programme next.

In the meantime, this avid fan of Israeli-American conductor, Itzhak Perlman, finds great solace in playing the violin, a hobby she has had for the past eight years. “Playing the violin is an excellent way to relieve stress and maintain your posture.”

In conclusion, she says, “India’s 11th President, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, once said, ‘Success is when your signature becomes an autograph’. I hope I can achieve that one day.”

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