In 2019, I was in a fire incident that changed my whole life. A chemical garage near my apartment caught fire causing to burn down the whole area. Unfortunately, it happened to be just a week before my final A-level exams. Nowhere to go, just staying from shelter to shelter I saw how my parents were trying their best to provide the best, which gave me the strength to study and achieve the best in the exam. Hard work paid off as I received the national top achiever’s award.

The author is Ms Fathimath Thaniya, a first-year University Student in Malaysia