Hi, my name is Ai Ling and I am from Malaysia. I am a Law graduate and have worked for a few years in law firms.
When I was 18 years old, it was an important year for me because I became a Christian and I also decided to study Law. I chose Manchester University that would allow me to study 1 year in Malaysia and the final 2 years in Manchester, UK. In my first year in Malaysia, I did quite well. After that, I went to Manchester to finish my last 2 years of study.
I was so excited and nervous when I first arrived in the UK. It was my first time studying in a foreign European country. Unfortunately, I found that the teaching system in the UK was very different from Malaysia’s. It took me a lot of time to adjust to the new system. In the UK, students graduate with either a first class, second class upper, second class lower, third class or fail. In my first year in the UK, I was shocked when I found out that I had failed 1 paper. I felt so ashamed because all of my other close friends passed. Also, I was sad. Because I had failed my paper, I could only hope to graduate with a second class lower degree and nothing above that grade. My parents had paid a lot of money to send me to the UK to study and I felt so disappointed.
At this time, I was very active in my Manchester church and I asked God why He did not help me to pass my paper. God showed me that He wanted me to really learn my subjects well because He wanted me to be a good lawyer. I then started to study harder and God also sent me good friends who started to study with me. I will always be grateful for their help.
Thanks to Jesus, my marks improved a lot in my final year. But I still felt sad that I could not graduate with a grade above a second class lower.
However, when it was time for me to graduate, my tutor told me that the Examination Board had decided to give me a second class upper grade because I had improved so much in my final year! God had created a miracle for me! Praise Jesus, He will always look after us.