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The Drive Behind Dianah

Not many people could handle only seeing their parents twice a year and working as often as possible to afford to live, but for Dianah Hidzir this is her life.

Hidzir, a public relations major here at Western and international student from Malaysia. She has been a program assistant at the Center for Multicultural Education for two years, and has stayed there because she loves talking, engaging and helping people.

Coming from Malaysia she felt was crazy, because she had to experience a different country by herself without her family. She cannot just go home anytime she wants like most college kids can due to the cost of travel and being so far from home.

When asked why she wanted to go down the PR route Hidzir said that she has always wanted to be involved in this line of work and enjoys it because the major offers a variety of options that compliments her personality.

One aspect of her personality that many have noticed is her caring spirit. CME director Latoya Fitzpatrick has noticed this about her character. “Dianah is energetic, compassionate and she loves to help people. She is also creative, organized and willing to help anyone,” Fitzpatrick said.

“Dianah is energetic, compassionate and she loves to help people. She is also creative, organized and willing to help anyone,” Fitzpatrick said.

Robert Vardiman, a student at Western who knows Hidzir, described Hidzir as “the sweetest, most talented, caring, and most beautiful spirited person I’ve ever met.”

After being asked how she has time to work as often as she does while in school, she said it’s because she has to.

“The money I live on now is the money I make here. If I do not work, I will not have food or a roof to live under. I will not have clothes to put on myself every day. If I don’t do this, I will not be able to live,” Hidzir said.

One difference she has noticed between working in Malaysia and working in the United States was how we call our bosses by their birth names. “That’s not a thing back home,” said Hidzir.

Hidzir is grateful for all the help she has received at Western.

“I would not be in this far at Missouri Western without the resources, International Student Services, supervisors, bosses, friends, professors.”

 

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