Strong family bonds center Malaysian student’s life

SHARMAINE ROSLAN
AGE: 20
HOME: KUALA LUMPUR, MALASYIA
MAJOR: FINANCE
HOBBIES: PHOTOGRAPHY
FAVORITE SAYING: “GOOD MORNING” and “Unity among Malaysians”

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Over 9,000 miles separates Sharamine Roslan and her family, but the bond they share emphasizes that distance is only a number.

Roslan comes from a family of five in Malaysia’s capital of Kuala Lumpur. Before enrolling as a junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln last fall, Roslan studied two years at Taylor’s University in Malaysia.

As a finance major, she hopes to one day be an investment banker, a career almost predetermined ever since she was a child.

“I feel like at a really young age I was really exposed to the whole financial industry because my dad was in insurance his whole life,” she said.

Even though this is Roslan’s first year studying in the United States, she has already explored different parts of the country, namely cities where family members have studied. Her father graduated from Southern Illinois University, her older brother is a banker who graduated from Drake University in Iowa and her sister will graduate in May with a degree in finance and accounting from Indiana University.

For Roslan, the driving force behind her career ambitions can be credited to her family’s background, but it’s her family itself that will be the backbone of her success.

“Family is the foundation of everything for me,” she said. “Now that I’m here, I can’t go a day without checking in with my parents.”

When the whole family is back home in Malaysia, Sunday brunch or dinner at the Roslan household is mandatory.

“If you don’t show up for dinner, you’re screwed honestly,” she said. “It’s ridiculous that you don’t have time, even two-hours just to have dinner.”

When they’re not discussing stock exchanges at the dinner table, Roslan and her family love going on vacations. They recently went to Paris, and after her sister graduates this summer, they will make a road trip along the East Coast to places such as Washington, D.C.

 

 

Roslan and her family at the Louvre in Paris.

 

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