He came from a very well-known primary school but Lam Ying Sheng’s disappointing results from his Primary School Leaving Examinations did not qualify him for a spot in equally well known secondary schools. He joined Kent Ridge Secondary School and became the student that every school hoped they did not have. He fought with school mates and played truant often. Once, he just packed his bag and walked out of class while the teacher was still giving lessons.
Fortunately for Ying Sheng, he has the intellectual capability to handle English and Mathematics. For his secondary 3 examinations, he only passed these two subjects plus Combined Humanities. The turnaround came the following year when a tuition teacher asked if he ever had a purpose for anything that he did. That sent him into deep thought and he decided a change was in order. He began to study harder and with his innate intelligence, he did well enough to qualify for Singapore Polytechnic’s (SP) Diploma in Financial Informatics.
The turnaround was nothing short of spectacular. From someone who struggled with passing his secondary school examinations, Ying Sheng graduates today with 17 distinctions and 15As!
The perfect GPA did not mean that Ying Sheng was just a grade chaser. He was a very active member of the Advisory Committee for Education and Course
Relations (ACER) where he helped to promote SP to the secondary schools at outreach events. The experience greatly improved his inter
-personal and communication skills.
There was also a physical transformation in him. The small-frame boy was overweight when he first joined SP. However, a community service project in Laos made him determined to lose the extra kilos. He had to carry bags of rice uphill in a village and it made him breathless and deadbeat by the end of the day. When he returned, a routine of daily runs was built into his time table. With his determination, he clinched Gold for his National Physical Fitness Award test.
Ying Sheng is offered a place at the inaugural dual degree programme offered by the Singapore Management University and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) with a scholarship. Given the versatility of his diploma course, he is also considering options for degree programmes offered by SUTD (yes, to study engineering!) and the National University of Singapore.
The avid reader, who enjoys reading biographies from Nelson Mandela to rapper Eminem, hopes to join a ministry or a statutory board so he can contribute to the development of Singapore. If he does, he would surely know how to make bad things good!
Low Guan Onn Gold Medal
DBS Gold Medal