by Low Wang Sheng
Photos by Koid Yew Keat
School of Communication’s new lecturer Eric Shaun Seaton was a former student at Han Chiang College and majored in broadcasting. The popular lecturer now finds himself back at the College after making the decision to help change the lives of students.
A true Penangite who loves spicy food and sports, Eric said: “I really enjoy futsal, paintball and hiking.”
With his love for hiking, Eric climbed Mount Kinabalu in 2015 and said the unforgettable experience taught him a lot about life.
“I accompanied my three other friends to Mount Kinabalu and while we were climbing, the oxygen level was low and it was difficult for us to breathe.
“We decided to stay overnight at Laban Rata. We could not take a shower because the water was so cold,” he said.
“When we reached the top of the mountain, we felt a huge sense of satisfaction.
“Just standing above the clouds and watching the sunrise was awesome.”
But all was not as easy as it seemed. During the climb, Eric suffered some injuries to his toenails and in spite of the pain, he persevered. It would take another five months for his nails to grow back so that he could walk with no pain.
“From this injury, I understand that for news things to come, the old things must go; but it takes time to forget the pain.
“It was inspiring to see the other hikers especially the older ones, because we were even more motivated to complete our journey.”
Back to his life as an educator, Eric said he enjoys teaching because he wants to make sure that every student is on the right track when learning.
Eric is currently teaching subjects like sociology, international politics, moral and some broadcasting papers.
He added that he hopes the students will walk away with the knowledge that he imparts and that they find it useful not only at work but in their daily lives.
“I feel that I have done a good job when students respond in class and show that they have understood my lecture,” Eric said with smile on his face.
But there is one thing that Eric dislikes, which also happens to be a common problem among Malaysian students; plagiarism.
He said students should put more effort into their work rather than being lazy.
“I will give them a chance to make amendments if I find any work that has been copied and pasted. I want to foster good practices in students because if they do not learn to be credible now, they will just end up being lazy too when they step out to work.
“What I found extraordinary among working adults like us is that there will always be a small child in us who is willing to embrace fun learning.”
He hopes that students will always give their best in work and assignments and believes that they should never give up even when the road gets tough.
“Tough times never last, tough people do.
“This means that life is tough, but you must experience the ‘tougher’, only then can one gain a positive outcome,” Eric said.