By Athira Abd Latiff
GOMBAK, 14 August 2022: A couple married for 19 years, Sikh Sazlin Shah bin Sabri and Sapiah binti Abdul Hamed, graduands from the Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences (KENMS) at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), emphasized the significance of establishing a strong support system between themselves, friends, and colleagues while completing their master’s degrees.
In an interview with IIUMToday, Sapiah mentioned, “establishing a solid support system with your spouse enables healthier and manageable communication.”
To which her husband, Sazlin, added, “We’ve faced many challenges and oftentimes, we cope with the uncertainties and challenges by understanding one another and communicating our concerns. We work together as a team to manage stress.”
While undertaking their studies, Sapiah maintained her responsibilities as a staff of IIUM, which was another major challenge the couple had to face as she had to balance between studying and working at the same time.
However, resilience and a strong support system from, “our partners and even colleagues allowed us to overcome any difficulties,” the couple mentioned.
Sapiah emphasized that apart from managing stress with her spouse by communicating concerns to each other, receiving motivation and moral support from family, friends, and colleagues made a huge impact.
“There is the need for a support system from the colleagues of our department when balancing between work from 9am to 5pm while having classes until 5 pm,” she added.
She pointed out that motivation from colleagues allowed them to truly appreciate and withstand the journey of both good and bad as obtaining this level of education which she explained, “is not a matter of achieving a certain rank or status, but to broaden our horizon of knowledge, as Muslims.”
Hence, they concluded that over-stressing will only keep you from going beyond your limits and will make you go nowhere. In fact, a good support system of family, friends, and spouses who give their 100 percent is needed when undergoing any fettering journey.***
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