Rachel Quah Hwei Chyn

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Bachelor of Science (Food Science and Technology) (2012)

1. Full name / age / nationality.

Rachel Quah Hwei Chyn / 25 / Malaysian

2. If you are working, who is your current employer and what is your role?

I am currently working with Nestle Malaysia as a First Line manager for a breakfast cereal plant based in Chembong, Rembau, Negeri Sembilan. I supervise a team of 18 operators on shift basis to run the production line with good performance and ensuring top notch quality.This is also supported by various departments in the factory.

3. Why did you choose Monash Malaysia?

For locals, it was the most reputable private university closest to home offering science degrees.

4. How was your study experience at Monash Malaysia?

Studying at Monash Malaysia has been such a memorable and fun experience. The teaching staff were always helpful. Attending lectures with my unimates made learning fun and there were always activities/events beyond studies as I was a council member for the Monash University Student Association (MUSA) as well as a member of other curricular clubs such as the rock climbing and Catholic club.

5. Were there any obstacles faced while studying here? How did you overcome these?

Plenty. Studying for exams has always been my weakness. Due dates for assignments and exam dates are always close to one another, making it difficult to focus on exams after completing my assignments.

To overcome this, I had to consult lecturers and seniors for past year papers and tips to ace my papers.

6. What qualities did you acquire during your studies at Monash Malaysia that were beneficial to you in the working world?

For my current position as First Line manager, it was the basic understanding of theories and principles when it comes to processing and food chemistry that helped. All that time management and multitasking during university was also good practice for the working world.

Apart from the ability to manage time effectively, all the skills gained (presentation, writing and computer) came in very handy. This puts me in a much favourable position compared to my colleagues here, especially when we work with many foreigners from across the world.

8. What advice would you offer to current students who to attain success in University?

To do your best in everything thrown at you - be it assignments or exams. Most importantly is to have fun while you are at it and not just focus on your academics. Be sure to get involved in clubs/curricular activities as this will not only add colour to your university life, but demonstrate to your future employers of your flexibility and capability to multitask.

9. Please name one memorable educational experience for you at Monash Malaysia.

During one of my fundamentals of food science laboratory sessions, we had to bake cakes with different flavours. As simple as it sounds, it opened my eyes as to how basic ingredients play a role in the chemistry of food.