Jessica Lee, who topped the Diploma in Accountancy cohort in 2012 was awarded a Nanyang Scholarship from the Nanyang Technological University to do double degree in Accountancy and Business. While in Singapore Polytechnic, she received several awards such as the Merit Award for CIMA Global Business Challenge 2011, Model Student Award, Low Guan Onn Gold Medal (Institutional Medal), Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore Gold Medal (Course Medal), and AGD Merit Award, Shell Companies in Singapore Prize.
Jessica shares her journey story with us:-
“My life in SP had been a colourful one. I had 2 core CCAs, the DAC Chapter and the SP Archery Club, both of which I was involved in the Executive Committee, one as the President and the other as the Treasurer. Besides, I was also involved in the Peer Mentoring program for Principals of Accounting (PACC) to help students who were weaker in PACC and a member of the Leo Club. I pursued the Diploma in Accountancy course and received an additional Diploma-Plus Certificate for Business Mathematics & Economics.”
She attributes her academic success to her curious mind and a lot of hard work. “But beyond that, I think that the support I received from the people around me – my family, lecturers and friends was what led me to where I am today. Without my parents’ support of my involvements in the various activities, I wouldn’t have had such great exposure and number of experiences. Without my lecturer’s patient guidance, I wouldn’t have been able to learn how to manage a club well as I had no prior experiences on club management. Finally, without my friend’s support and understanding, I wouldn’t have been able to channel more focus and effort onto my non-academic involvements.
Besides academic work, I was involved in a number of academic competitions such as CIMA Global Business Challenge 2011 – Received Merit Award NBS-TAC Tax Competition 2011 & 2012 Audit & Accounting Challenge 2012 and non-academic competitions: POL-ITE Archery Championships 2011 – Awarded Silver Medal for Individual Knock-Out (IKO) Event & Bronze Medal for Team Knock-Out (TKO) Event, NUS Indoor Archery Championships 2011.
There are two (2 ) lecturers in particular who had made an impact on my learning and maturing process -Kong Yuen Ho and Tan Yen Yen. They had been great inspiration to me and I look up to them as I had not only learnt technical skills that were taught in the classroom from them but also organisation and communication skills when working together with them in organising the events that I was involved in. I am very grateful for their constant patient guidance during my course of studies in SP. Although they have already equipped me with the various skills, I believe that there is still more that I can learn, as learning is a never ending journey. They inspired me to share such skills and knowledge with others, so that others can benefit and also learn to develop into well-rounded individuals.”
Her advice to current students is to work very hard and give your best shot in every opportunity that you find. “If you ever feel that you cannot go on further, take a break, but don’t give up. Give yourself some time for a breather - to refresh and recharge… remember “when there is a will, there is a way” – be strong.”
She is mindful of the need to be appreciative of the people around you and things that you have. “Build a network and treasure the relationships that you have forged, as you can become mutual pillars of support to fall back on in times of need. Be grateful and remember to thank and acknowledge the people who have helped or supported you in any way.”
“If I had the chance to change the world, I would like to change people’s perception of happiness. Recently, I watched the Solo/Duet Performance by T.H.E Dance Company and was greatly inspired by one of the dance performances. It speaks of how people have increasingly been programmed to pursue goals in life that are material in nature and how “only when man is cognizant of where he came from can he be honest about where he stands currently”. I believe that happiness comes from within rather than achieving such material goals and if we can change our perception to be satisfied or contented with what we have, we would be living much happier!”
We wish Jessica all the best in her future studies as she begins her double degree in Accountancy and Business at the Nanyang Technological University.