The tassel is worth the hassle

Kimberly Wan Mei Wah

A university education teaches one how to think and what to do with one's discovery. Alumna Kimberly Wan Mei Wah did just that. CEO and co-founder of Otomate Me, Wan was recently recognised for her integrity and impressive ability to inspire others to strive for excellence and was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award on 16 November 2019.

"I feel extremely humbled and honoured to be recognised by my university for my achievements. This is only the beginning, and I cannot wait to keep breaking glass ceilings and to empower more women to go for their dreams," shared an excited Wan.

When asked about her company, Wan said: "What we do is develop and deploy 'value-nurturing' automation software for brands and businesses. My role in the company is multi-faceted, which includes brainstorming with existing clients on how to add value to their business by way of using our tools, and ensuring personal and professional development for both myself and my team".

Wan believes that an Arts degree attracts individuals who are curious by nature. As a result, she found that being around fellow coursemates who had varying perspectives to be mentally stimulating and thought-provoking.

Citing that discipline is one of the keys to achieving success, the School of Arts and Social Sciences graduate has been accomplishing a lot since she was young - she got into figure skating at the age of six. Till today, she is the only female figure skater in the country to qualify as a Freestyle 9 skater - an accomplishment that earned her a place in the Malaysia Book of Records accolade as the "Youngest female to achieve the highest skating level in Malaysia". She was only 12 then!

Wan started playing ice hockey at the age of 16 and currently represents our national women's ice hockey team. She was also the first Malaysian linesman to officiate at the Women's Challenge Cup of Asia tournament in 2013.

Wan believes in the importance of skill development and cultivating the mindset for it - the reason being how quickly the world is changing and what that means for students and graduates.

"Networking at the university level is essential. Five to ten years down the line, there will always be a bond or relationship which can lead to joint business ventures or business opportunities. We must continuously find ways to overcome adversity and find ways to reinvent ourselves," Wan said.

Congratulations, Kimberly Wan! We are so proud of you and your achievements. Keep making us proud.

The November graduation ceremony saw 788 students receiving their graduation scrolls, with 38 PhD students completing their doctorates this year. They will now join an active and inclusive Monash community of over 380,000 alumni living in 155 countries.

Guest speakers, Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift, Chief Executive Officer of Bursa Malaysia Berhad; Dato' Dr Rozali Wathooth, member of the Board of Directors of the National Heart Institute; and Dato' Marcus Kam Kok Fei, took to the dais to share their nuggets of wisdom.

Learning is a continuous journey, and the tassel is definitely worth the hassle. We proudly congratulate our newest graduates on their achievements!

"You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way!" - Dr Seuss