"I failed my PSLE when I was 12. It left me with only the Normal Technical (NT) stream to go to. Scoring this unsatisfactory result impacted the way my relatives looked at me. I always felt they deemed me as stupid and useless. This escalated into a period of deep unhappiness that culminated in a moment of clarity one day: I will prove that I am not what they think I am.
I went on to achieve good results for my ‘N’ Levels and enrolled in the Institute of Technical Education (ITE). I performed well in ITE and entered Singapore Polytechnic (SP) afterwards to clinch my diploma. I worked for a few years after that, saving up to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing in Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS).
The learning experience was new to me – I came from an Engineering background and had to put more effort than others into understanding this new course. SUSS provided an excellent environment for my education – our lecturers are enriched with real-life marketing experience, imparting applicable industry knowledge to us.
Powered by my passion and rooted by my discipline, I managed to complete my course within 3.5 years, compared to the standard 4 year completion. The experience has been so wonderful that I miss everything about studying here, from my lecturers to my classmates.
I urge everyone to never stop learning. Do not let excuses deter you from further education. SUSS helped me become a better person, and I will forever be grateful for that."