The National Economics and Financial Management Challenge (NEFMC) was certainly a competition that the three of us would not regret joining although we were initially hesitant because there were a couple of projects we had to manage during the term break. Since such opportunities are hard to come by, we took up the challenge. Besides, it would allow the three of us from different classes and specialisations to unite and work together.
During the Preliminary Round, we were required to write essays on a given Economics and Financial Planning topic. In crafting both essays, our team did have our fair share of disagreements over whether the essay should sound “chim” to match up to the other competing institutions or be kept elementary. Thankfully, we came to a consensus after hearing out each other’s opinion.
Following the Preliminary Round, the MCQ Round was conducted at the Shaw Foundation Alumni House on 12 July 2014. The Final Round was held later at the same venue. We were given 60 questions comprising Economics and Financial Planning topics that had to be answered within an hour. It was not exactly a breeze because some topics were not covered in our syllabus. Nevertheless, we managed to tackle them!
When the results were announced for the Final Round, we were disappointed naturally but hoped for at least a “Distinction” or a “Merit” in the competition to surpass or match our seniors “Merit” achievement previously. When the consolidated results were announced on 18 July 2014, we were truly shocked but delighted to find that we were placed 6th overall in the competition with a “High Distinction”. We were pleased with our achievement because we had done SP proud by emerging the top polytechnic in this competition!
We’ve had a good time working with one another! We wish to thank Ms Angela Koh, Mrs Janet Fok, Mr Christopher Cheong and Mr Wan Seng Keong for their advice, guidance and support during the entire competition. Our fellow SP teams also did very well, attaining “Merit”. The two other SP teams included Aaron Goh, Sharon Quek and Lim Jun Yang (Team 1) and Sim Xin Yi, Kong Kah Mun and Soh Hui Qin (Team 2).
Jointly written by:
Kishan Kumar, Justin Sze & Kenny Chia
From left: Kenny, Kishan & Justin
From left: Justin, Sharon, Jun Yang, Kishan & Kenny