"I started helping my family with bills when I was 17 years old. I took up 5 jobs to make ends meet, sacrificing my pursuit for a degree. My mom always felt guilty over what I had to give up, confiding in me that one of her wishes is that I can one day get a degree, just like my brother and sister.
When I turned 45, I qualified for a university grant that subsidized 50% of my school fees. I didn’t hesitate a minute longer – I applied for a Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management. It was one of the most rewarding experience of my life.
I got to visit K-Line Vessel, attend ukulele classes, travel to Bhutan for an immersion program, and participate in a logistics challenge in Rotterdam.
SUSS gave me a second chance at reliving school life and I enjoyed every minute of it (well, minus the examinations and stress!) I met new friends and we kept each other on track with school and assignments. Towards the end of my course, I took on the role of Big Sister and was deeply inspired by the dreams and achievements of my younger peers.
My family was supportive throughout – my young sons took initiative to settle their own dinner when I had classes and assignments due, ensuring I could study without worrying about them.
I truly believe that life is what you commit to and what you want to make out of it. My favourite tagline to my sons now is that if your mom can juggle work, family, studies and volunteering, then they should be able to do better, as they only have one duty – their degree."