Speech by Graduate Representative
Tan Hui Hui, Bachelor of Science in Business, School of Business
A very good afternoon to our:
Guest of Honour, Ms Angeline Ho, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Co
Mr. Stephen Lee, Chancellor, SUSS,
Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President, SUSS,
Distinguished guests, fellow graduates, ladies and gentlemen.
My name is Hui Hui, a graduate from the Business Degree Programme and I would like to thank SUSS for giving me this opportunity to be here to deliver this speech on behalf of my fellow graduates.
My journey with SUSS started in 2010 when I graduated with my Diploma from Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Same as any other diploma graduates, I was excited to receive an offer letter for NTU's Business programme. However due to both of my parents' medical conditions, they were not working and as the only child, I had the responsibility to become the sole breadwinner of the family as soon as I graduated from Polytechnic. I was in a dilemma whether to take up the NTU offer or to start working first to financially support the family. Trust me, it was a tough choice as it was a great offer for me to decline. I decided to give up the offer and support my family first. Hence, I joined the workforce in 2010.
Time slipped away as I was four years in my first job, but I did not forget the dream of furthering my studies. It was early 2014 that I finally decided to apply to SUSS for the degree programme. At the point of application, I was also hesitant as I was doubtful that I could juggle between studies and work. Apart from that, I was concerned about the school fees so I also applied for the UniSIM Scholarship (SUSS was still SIM University at that point in time), hoping to get some sponsorship to cover my school fee while I continue to support my parents with my salary.
I was awarded the bond-free UniSIM Scholarship which has a requirement for me to maintain a GPA of 4.0 every semester. With the scholarship, I could worry less about the cost and concentrate more on studies, doing my best to maintain the required GPA of 4.0 to secure the Scholarship. I was doubtful about myself in the beginning as I struggled to strike a balance between work, studies and family commitment.
Our Journey in SUSS is never easy as most of us, especially for part-time students where we struggle to strike a balance between our full-time job, family commitments and studies. With all the TMAs, ECAs and video submissions within our 6-week curriculum timeline, we always find ourselves in a "Chiong"-ing process where we strive to meet all the deadlines to complete the module.
Initially, I found it difficult to complete Group-Based Assignments due to the fact that part time students all have their own commitments be it at work or family. However the benefits are tremendous, the team work involved made me learn to appreciate that each of us has our own unique strength and weakness. I have grown to accept differences and be more flexible during my course of work.
Many of us seated here today experienced the changes in the syllabus when UniSIM became SUSS, the 6th autonomous university in Singapore. Some of the modules became full e-learning modules. In addition to that, most modules introduced an additional component which is class participation that carries marks. These are drastic changes to most part-time students. However, we benefited from the change as the two-way communication during class brushed up our communication skills which is important in today's working environment. I believe encouraging us to engage in class participation ensures that the seminar is being learner centric instead of being tutor centric.
I would like to also express my gratitude to all my tutors who have helped me along the way during this long journey. This also allowed me to have such a memorable four and a half years journey with SUSS. I am sure that my fellow graduates here today, whether you are pursuing a full-time or part-time programme, will be able to identify with these challenges and have your own equally memorable stories to share.
Also, I would like to say a BIG thank you to my family and friends for your presence as it has helped to shape me into WHO I am today. Please do allow me now to speak in mandarin for a minute to convey a special thank you message to my parents as they do not understand English. (爸爸，妈妈，谢谢你们一直相信还有支持我，我今天做到了！).
At this juncture, I would like to invite all graduates to please rise and face your loved ones who are here together with us to show our most heartfelt gratitude to them. Without their support along the way all these years, we would not be able to come so far and be sitting here alongside with them today.
[Pause for graduates to rise]
Now, please join me in giving them a round of applause for their unconditional support.
[Lead the applause by starting the clapping]
Thank you & please take your seats.
As we embark on a totally new journey, I am confident SUSS has helped to prepare us for our next phase. Now, I would like to share a quote which I deeply believe in: "Never doubt what you would be able to achieve so long as you persevere!" With this, I would like to wish everyone all the best in your future endeavour and off we go to reach out for the Stars!
Thank you and happy graduation 2019!