For nine Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL) students, the New Year will be an exhilarating time for them as they prepare for the next phase of their higher education journey in the United States and Australia. Through MCKL’s American Degree Transfer Program (ADTP), these students were accepted into the universities of their choice, bringing them one step closer to fulfilling their dreams.
This year, the ADTP students will be transferring to reputable universities like Messiah University, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Iowa State University, and University of South Australia, pursuing their undergraduate degree in either geology, computer science, accounting, industrial design, social work, international business, and data science to name a few.
“I feel excited because I will get to experience something completely new that I otherwise cannot experience here,” said Hannah Tan Ze Xuan, who is transferring to Iowa State University. “I feel good about studying in the United States and chose it for a reason. Iowa State is a decent university and meets my needs in pursuing my degree in industrial design, so it is likely that I will be a proud graduate from there.”
For Adam Rafique bin Shakor Ramat, he is most excited about living on his own when he graduates, however, when this happens, it will be bittersweet. “On the one hand, I’m going to be away from my family in a part of the United States I have never been. But I’ll be able to have experiences and learn things I never would at home, or even in Malaysia.”
However, for Teh Zhi Yang, he has an additional set of priorities, “I am most excited about meeting the people from the US and learning more about their culture as well as the delicious food they have.” Adam too, wants more from his experience away from home, “I chose to study in the United States because I want to study where I am somewhat familiar with, and still be exposed to new ideas.”
The students unanimously agreed that MCKL’s connections and partnerships with international universities was the trait they needed to ensure their application was successful. “MCKL provided many university visits that helped me become exposed to the universities that are trustworthy since it was partnered with the college. From there, I narrowed it down to the ones that fit my needs and wants,” said Hannah.
Adam, who is transferring to University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, shared the same sentiment, “I have been accepted into the university of my choice, and MCKL had a hand to play in that. They connected me to the university representatives, who helped me fulfil some of the requirements for my major. MCKL also helped send over my partial transcript which was necessary to get accepted and for that I am grateful.”
The students will begin their journey to the United States and Australia by January or February 2023, respectively. MCKL’s ADTP commenced in 2014 where almost 250 students gained admissions to high-ranking universities worldwide. Apart from the all-time favourite choice of US universities to complete their tertiary education, students were also admitted into universities in Australia, Canada, Lithuania, UK, Netherlands and South Korea.