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From FIS to Chinese Medicine: Embracing the Journey of Holistic Healing

06 May 2024

Choosing IMU was not just a decision based on its esteemed reputation in Malaysia; it was a pivotal choice that has shaped my academic and personal journey in profound ways. From embarking on the Foundation in Science (FIS) programme to pursuing my undergraduate degree in Chinese Medicine, every step at IMU has been a transformative experience.

At the onset, the fast-paced nature of the programmes presented formidable challenges. However, the support and guidance from my lecturers and the camaraderie among my classmates propelled me forward. Despite initially grappling with the absence of a solid science background, I persevered, gradually gaining confidence and proficiency in the subject matter. The journey was as enlightening as it was demanding, and it opened my eyes to the vast expanse of the medical profession.

My decision to pursue a degree in Chinese Medicine was driven by a deep-seated curiosity about holistic approaches to well-being. I envisioned not only enriching my own life with the principles of Chinese Medicine but also making a meaningful impact on society. The holistic perspective of Chinese Medicine resonated with me, emphasising the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit in achieving optimal health.

My aspiration is to apply the knowledge and skills I have acquired to foster holistic healing practices and contribute positively to the well-being of individuals and communities.


Looking ahead, while I am eager to embark on the path of becoming a Chinese physician upon graduation, I remain open to exploring other avenues within the realm of holistic healthcare. The field of Chinese Medicine offers a multitude of opportunities for specialisation and interdisciplinary collaboration, and I am excited to embrace the possibilities that lie ahead.

Advice and Words of Encouragement

To prospective students considering the FIS-Chinese Medicine programme at IMU, I offer the following advice and words of encouragement:

**Patience and Tenacity**:

Pursuing a degree demands perseverance and resilience. Embrace the journey with patience and tenacity, knowing that each challenge is an opportunity for growth and learning.


Be compassionate to yourself during challenging times. Understand that setbacks are a natural part of the learning process and treat yourself with kindness and understanding as you navigate through them.

**Stay Curious**:

Maintain a curious and open-minded approach to learning. The field of medicine is vast and ever evolving. There is always something new to discover. Let your curiosity drive you forward and fuel your passion for continuous growth and development.

**Let Your Actions Speak**:

In the pursuit of your dreams, let your actions speak louder than words. Demonstrate your dedication, commitment, and passion through your academic pursuits and extracurricular activities. Your actions will serve as a testament to your aspirations and determination.

**Make a Difference**:

Remember the ultimate goal behind your journey—to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Keep this purpose at the forefront of your mind, and let it guide you in your academic and professional endeavours.

In conclusion, my journey at IMU has been characterised by growth, resilience, and a deepening passion for holistic healing. As I continue to embark on the next chapter of my studies, I am grateful for the invaluable experiences and opportunities that is shaping me into the aspiring healthcare professional that I aspire to be in the very near future.


Written by Soo Yen Sun

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