Lim Zhi Yuan
Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business
Class of 2013
Awarded Kent Ridge Undergraduate Scholarship
Awarded Singapore Concrete Institute Gold Medal
DE Consultants Prize
Singapore Contractors Association Merit Award
The Institution of Engineers, Singapore Prize
Gained entry into Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Business Minor in NTU
Gained entry into Bachelor of Civil Engineering in NUS
WAIT! Ah finally I managed to get your attention. I have a story to tell. A story from an average secondary school student with an L1R4 of 12.
The Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business (DCEB) course in Singapore Polytechnic was my first choice (I promise the story gets interesting as we go down XD). This was partly (1%) because SP is the only polytechnic that offers Civil Engineering and (99%) because I have a passion for it.
I eventually landed an internship at the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and from there I cultivated interest in the land transport system. Through DCEB and SP, I was given numerous opportunities to participate in competitions (eBook Mobfest 2011, BCA BIM Skills 2011) and overseas trips (Cambodia toilet design and Taiwan Earthquake Competition). It was really an eye opening experience for me and most importantly it fired up my passion in Civil Engineering further to the next level.
Passion to me is a really important as it enabled me to get by well during my 3 years in SP. I know that some of you will initially find engineering to be boring and difficult. However just by looking at engineering in a different perspective (the underlying equations that keeps your HDB flats standing and the 360 roller coaster that works at Resorts World Sentosa) can change your mindset completely. Well it did for me. For some of you who still can’t find that passion, do not worry as DCEB organises many site visits to different civil engineering project sites (Gardens by the Bay, MRT Downtown Line etc.) and from there you get to appreciate the wonders of what you all future engineers can do. This is what I call growing passion. It is the chance and training that SP provided that “made” my passion. The passion then, in turn, drives me to do my very best in all the things I do.
Looking back, if you ask me, if I would have done anything differently or choosing SP was the worst decision of my life, I would say of course NOT. My advice for doing well would be to search for that one passion you have in life and naturally everything else would be smooth and flow with great and satisfying results! Rest assured that the “SPerience” and “SPoxure” will be there in helping to fulfil your dreams.
Note: The word “passion” appeared 8 times in this article. My passion for Civil Engineering is countless… Congratulations and thank you to those who managed to read so far down. You guys rocks! *Pats on the back*~.
Thank you Singapore Polytechnic!