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SB ACHIEVERS FUNCTION 2017

SB ACHIEVER’S FUNCTION 2017
 
The SP Convention Centre played host to the SB Achievers’ Function on 2 June 2017, an event to celebrate the academic and/or CCA achievements of SB students in AY2016/2017 as well as to honour some exceptional lecturers. The award recipients included students placed on the Director’s Honour Roll, those receiving prestigious scholarships, external competition winners and outstanding CCA appointment holders. There were also a few SB lecturers who were the recipients of the Excellence in Teaching Award. An estimated 700 students, their families and friends, and lecturers attended the event. About 40 students obtained multiple awards in this year’s ceremony.
 
When asked about how he felt, Mr Benedict Cho, a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award, had this to say, “The smile on the student’s face. I would say that would be the greatest motivation. And of course, a simple thank you at the end of the lecture and the kind words that a student gives. Those are my motivations.”

Mr Goh Chia Ming, another recipient of the same award, shared that he felt surprised and happy for receiving the award. However, it was knowing that his students appreciated and recognised him for his teaching efforts that made winning the award all the more meaningful and significant.
 
In recognizing the outstanding lecturers, Mrs Wong Mei Shan, Deputy Director, SB, mentioned that teaching is a calling for many people but the award recipients have chosen to go beyond the call of duty to guide their students along their journey in SB. In her closing remarks, Ms Wong then urged students to ponder about the people who have helped and supported them on their journey to achieving their successes as well as the people whom they could have assisted more.

A guest alumni speaker, Mr Wong Jin Feng, from the Diploma in Accountancy course (class of 2011) currently working as a Senior Auditor in Ernst & Young, shared his life experiences after leaving SP. Skipping the conventional road of going to university did not daunt him as he felt that there were no substitutes for experience and that likened education to currency- the key is to enhance the currency's value instead of its quantity. He ended his speech by urging students to stay positive in the face of challenges as ultimately, there is no gain without pain.

While the Achiever’s Function is meant to celebrate these accomplishments of students and lecturers, it also invites everyone to remember the people who have supported you behind the scenes. After all, it was thanks to their unrelenting and genuine support so you could persevere, excel, and grow - be it in your academics or holistic development. Therefore, this event also calls for students to remember and appreciate the support that has been given to them and extend it out to other people.

To quote our Acting Director SB, Ms Tan Yen Yen, “Being smart is more than how many distinctions or how many As, or how high your GPA is. It is also about how much you can give to the people who need it. The more you achieve, the more humble you should be.”

After the event, we got some of the award recipients to share their thoughts on their journey in life thus far and in SP:

Q: What do you think were some of the biggest factors for you achieving the award(s)?

“My parents. Their expectations got me to push myself to do even better, so that really helps. Last but not least, my friends. It definitely helps when we motivate each other.” - Rachel Koh, DBA, Year 3 (Director’s Honour Roll Award)

“Ms Winnie Woot. As a PTN tutor, I feel that she’s really good and that she cares for our class, so that definitely motivated me to do better as my way of thanking her.”  - Toh Pei Li, DBA, Year 3 (Director’s Honour Roll Award & CCA Leadership Award)
 
Q: Congratulations on achieving the award! Can you share with us on how you balance your academics and other commitments such as CCA?
 
"I actually set aside a timetable for myself and schedule my events on a daily basis. I find that with proper time management and scheduling, you can actually plan your priorities better.  This way, you’re able to keep track of everything." - Alexander Ong, DBKF, Year 2 (SB UOB Kay Hian Scholarship)
 
"No matter what, I will go all the way once I have made a commitment. After I finish a task, then I’ll move on to the next. I never multitask as I believe that focus on a particular task at hand is very important. My personal formula is essentially Work Done = Time x Effort Given. When I want to reduce time spent on my work, I must multiply my effort and focus." - Bradley Yeo, DBA, Year 3 (Director’s Honour Roll Award)
 
"Success ultimately lies with good time management. Knowing what to prioritise can help in the long run to differentiate between school work and CCAs. In addition, it is important to know yourself and your personal study habits. Tailor your schedule around your priorities, because it all comes down to what works best for you. The most essential factor is to have lesser stress and more productivity."  - Nikki Ramos Lumanog, DTRM, Year 3 (Director’s Honour Roll Award)
 
"I feel that passion is what truly drives a person to do something. This was how I managed to juggle my academic work with Dancesport and other commitments. My passion in dance pushed me to keep doing it. Even when studies become harder, I strived and did my best in whatever task I was given." -   Megan Chau Chit Gee, DTRM, Year 3 (Director’s Honour Roll Award)
 
Q: Do you have any study tips for students who want to excel academically?
 
"I find it helpful to revise one or two weeks before exams on the syllabus, setting aside one or two hours every day for studying, so that the brain can absorb the information slowly but surely. Writing notes and reading them aloud can reinforce important concepts. Basically, it’s about having a positive attitude towards studying in general by having the “just do it” attitude. For me, I make up for being a slow learner by revising thoroughly, knowing my limits and knowing when to ask for help."  - Jewel Yu Ka-rei, DIB, Year 3 (Director’s Honour Roll Award)
 
Q: Do you have any other advice for your fellow SB Students?

"Well, I feel that it is important to be a well-rounded person. This is because it allows more options in the future, to stand out amongst hundreds of students and offer a differentiated value to companies. It’s good to not just be academically inclined but also to be flexible and willing to learn as it will deem to be essential in the workplace. Commit to CCAs or activities that you are passionate about as that allows for an all-rounded profile to attract potential employers. Just work hard and doing something that you love- for it is what will pull you through. Just like what the NIKE logo says- “Just Do it”! "- Megan Chau Chit Gee, DTRM, Year 3 (Director’s Honour Roll Award)
 
While the Achiever’s Function is meant to celebrate these accomplishments of students and lecturers, it also invites everyone to remember the people who have supported you behind the scenes. After all, it was thanks to their unrelenting and genuine support so you could persevere, excel, and grow - be it in your academics or holistic development.  Therefore, this event also calls for students to remember and appreciate the support that has been given to them and extend it out to other people.

To quote our Acting Director SB, Ms Tan Yen Yen, “Being smart is more than how many distinctions or how many As, or how high your GPA is. It is also about how much you can give to the people who need it. The more you achieve, the more humble you should be.”

  
Mr Wong Jin Feng, Alumni Speaker 


Ms Wong Mei Shan, Deputy Director SP Business School

  
Mr Victor Ker, Student Speaker


 

 

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