National University of Singapore (NUS) campus couple Ms Khalijah Masud (’92) and Mr Aznan Ghazali (’92) met when they were studying at NUS and were living in Sheares Hall, one of the University’s residential halls. The pair had been good friends for 10 years before their friendship took a romantic turn, thanks to a business trip that was unexpectedly cut short.
The couple, now married, has made a gift towards the NUS Campus Couples Bursary Fund, which is part of the alumni-led NUS Alumni Bursary Fund Campaign. The Fund encourages couples who have met on campus to make a gift to bursaries in support of financially disadvantaged students.
Khalijah, who firmly believes that education gives opportunities to those from disadvantaged families and is a social leveler, says, “I had a good education at NUS and I would like to ensure that anyone has access to it, regardless of their background. I came from a poor family and can relate to the stress of having to look for money to continue studying. I received financial assistance from generous donors for my days in NUS and I am truly grateful.” Khalijah also raises funds for the NUS Business School and Sheares Hall.
On the NUS Campus Couples Bursary Fund, she adds, “I think that the Fund is a good initiative. There are many happy couples who got together during their NUS days. Giving to this Fund is one of the ways to thank NUS, I suppose, for their love stories!”
And talking about love stories, Khalijah shares hers: “I was never really ‘attracted’ to Aznan though I always thought he was a nice guy. We hung out a lot together, and we dated others but never each other. I guess you can say that our ‘dating cycles’ never really synced! The first time we ever had dinner alone was after my business trip to Manila was cut short. I felt very comfortable around him. We dated some more and the rest is history.”
“The first time we met, I felt that she was very cold towards me, me with my long hair and rough demeanor. She on the other hand, was a Faculty beauty pageant finalist. Her kind and caring nature towards her family and friends were traits that attracted me to her. But more importantly, she is and always has been a friend to me right up to this day,” Aznan adds.
The couple shared that they recently participated in the 2013 Ironman Triathlon in Perth, Australia.
“The experience was humbling. Training together as a couple for one whole year helped a lot in preparing ourselves for the event. If not for the mutual support we gave each other, the possibility of giving up would have been greater,” Aznan shares.
Khalijah adds, “The training regime was grueling especially in the last few months before the race, so it helped a lot that my husband was with me all the way. During the race, we looked out for each other and cheered each other on! Made all the difference! It was sweet when we finished the race!”
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