When he was 17, Divesh stepped inside the cockpit of a SilkAir aircraft, a strictly no-entry zone for most people. But he was no ordinary child then. That visit was his wish granted under the Make A Wish Foundation, which aims to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their human experience with hope, strength and joy. Divesh was then a cancer victim.
Nevertheless, the visit strengthened his desire to take up an aeronautical related course after his G.C.E. ‘O’ Level examinations at Commonwealth Secondary School. He qualified for his first choice course, Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering in Singapore Polytechnic (SP), but his cancer cells resurfaced and he was forced to delay his studies.
Divesh started his diploma course one year later. But from the word go, there was no turning back for him to get the best out of his SP journey. He worked hard on his modules and participated in more co-curricular activities than your average healthy student. On top of being a class leader, he was an organising member of the SP Engineering Show 2013 and the Youth Model ASEAN Conference. He was also a student photographer for SPirit, the campus magazine.
He did six-weeks of industrial training with an aeronautical company in China and participated in a leadership camp in Indonesia under the SP Outstanding
Talent Programme. He was in Cambodia for a community service programme where he taught English to village orphans and helped to build a home for a needy
family. His final-year-project, which was an intermeshing unmanned aerial vehicle, was showcased at the Singapore Aviation Open House 2013.
Divesh kept his illness a secret to most people because he didn’t want to be treated differently. He was thankful that through his SP journey, he had classmates who were extremely helpful and lecturers who would go the extra mile to teach not just the curriculum, but also share life’s lessons.
Divesh co-founded Youth Comm, a cancer support group for youths that aims to strengthen their resolve as they battle cancer. The group puts up dance
performances and shares their personal experiences with the youths in order to lift their morale and remind them that they are not alone in their fight.
Today, Divesh, the SP Engineering Scholar and Model Student Award recipient, is standing tall and proud with all that he has accomplished. He has been offered a place in Imperial College London as well as the local universities to study engineering, and looks forward to clinching a scholarship.
But at the top of his to-do-list now is to grant a wish for a cancer-stricken child as a Wish Granter under the Make A Wish Foundation. He remembered how happy he was when his wish was granted, and hopes to give another cancer-stricken child a memorable moment of happiness.