Ronald Robertson

Aaronn Avit Ajeng, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Email (Work/Ads)aaronnavit@um.edu.my
  • AffiliationUniversiti Malaya (UM)
  • ExpertiseBiology and Biochemistry
  • Contact No(+60)14-970 xxxx

My 2017 in a review.

Let me start by saying I honestly felt like I have achieved nothing throughout 2017 but when I look back, there are number of events that I should be thankful and grateful about. 2017 was the year of self-improvement and so do 2018. From a person who was hesitant to take the lead in anything to a person that can be trusted in handling programs at the university level, it taught me a lot of lessons and I had to move out from my comfort zone.

One of the events that I handled this year was the Biotechnology Interaction Day. There was nothing grand or mega about the event, however it was my very first event managing experience and I was proud of myself. (Lol) Some of you might have greater responsibilities or being chosen to be the president or the director of a club, while I am still doubting my ability to be like one of you but I would love to volunteer myself  and take the lead in 2018. Also, one of my resolutions this year is to take part in a humanitarian project because I feel that investing in life of others matters more than any other achievement, and it is more honorable.

The Biotech Interaction Day Committee

Some of participants.

Being on the dean list was one of my resolutions for 2017 and I thanked God that I was able to pull it off in the examination and passed with distinction in Semester 2 of 2016/17 session. It was my first time too getting a dean list in the university and it was not easy as I had to put a lot of effort and gone through sleepless nights. Unlike other public universities in Malaysia, to be on the dean list award at the University of Malaya, students have to obtain a GPA of 3.70 above. Thus, this has to be in my 2017 review because I thought it was a miracle. Now I'm anxious waiting for the results to be announced at the end of January! Wish me luck. 

I was and still am leading a Christian students' ministry under  SIB Life church, called Multiply where I was responsible for reaching out to the Christian students in the university, and we had a weekly gathering around UM. It was fun and I personally have grown so much in my faith. Leading a student ministry was not even on my to-do-list but God has called me for this responsibility and I shall obey Him. Besides, I learned so much by just taking part in ministries. I was and still involved in the worship and media team in church. All these allowed me to expand my capability and creativity in worship, and serving in church in total, though I still have tonnes to learn but I will do my best in improving myself.

 Some of the ex-Multiply family that graduated in 2017

Part of our Multiply family.

I was the announcer in this one! :) Click to watch and tell me what do you think haha.

My 2017 review would not be complete without this one, which is my final year research project. Since it is still on-going, i will blog more about it some other time. What makes my research project different from the others is, it is under a contract with a company. The company invested RM 30, 000  just for the project. It is a project involving the use of different combo of chemical and bio-fertilizers to enhance the growth of oil palms. The setting up of the experiment was no joke that I had to hire some of my friends to be my helpers. It was impossible in the beginning, but with the trust given by my supervisors Professor Ling and Dr Rosazlin, I had the courage to buckle up and finish the project. The project is expected to complete in April, and I will have to present my data in May before submitting the full dissertation. I will blog about it more once everything is done.

This was taken before I transplanted them into polybags for treatments with fertilizers.

These are the transplanted oil palm seedlings, treated with fertilizers. 3 months away before
being harvested :)

In general, 2017 is a year of blessing and I have watched myself grown so much. Though I am still lacking but I believe that there is always a room for improvement. I learned to not to compare myself with others because I am the master of my own fate, led by God. Others might have achieved greater things than I do, but it is the quality of the lessons taken from each of the experience that actually matters for me. Opportunity will eventually come at the right time, and it is not the same for everyone. I personally would like to take this chance to thank everyone who has been a part in my 2017 journey, making it a memorable ones. Forgive my wrongdoings and please pray for my success. Also, to my blog readers it has been wonderful seeing some of you gained something useful from the blog posts. It motivates me everyday to help each of you with all I can despite my busy university schedule. Thank you too, for being part of my wonderful year of 2017.