Adelene Lum Pei Lin remembers damaging her knees badly following a fall during her childhood. This was a blow for the 20-year-old Chua Chor Teck Gold Medal winner as it meant she could not pursue her strong passion for dance and figure-skating.
However, the incident also fostered a closer bond between Adelene and her mother, who applied medication and massaged her knees nightly for many months until her full recovery.
However, there were more tears to come as Adelene’s mother left for Indonesia to work. For four years, Adelene only saw her mother once every few weeks when she returned home to Singapore. Adelene’s father took the opportunity to train his daughter in writing long letters to her mother.
Adelene recalls: “The letters were usually a few pages long and I used various drawings to express my feelings. By the time I was done with the letter, I would always end up in tears. However, on a brighter note, it is to my dad’s credit that I have such a strong foundation in the English Language.”
With an outstanding six points for her ‘O’ Levels, Adelene, a former student from Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School, felt that the polytechnic-route was a natural choice for her.
“I wanted to experience a different kind of education and to explore my interests in maritime. Looking back at my unique learning journey and experiences at the Polytechnic, I do not regret taking the road less travelled.”
Adelene is also active as a Changi Airport Youth Ambassador and a member of Singapore Polytechnic’s Ambassadorial Relations Corp.
“I like meeting new people and through my co-curricular activities, I am able to see the world through the eyes of visitors to Singapore and also the Polytechnic,” said Adelene.
With 33 distinctions and As, Adelene aspires to be a diplomat and would like to further her studies in the maritime field.