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Whether it's Academic Pursuits or Career Aspirations, SP has equipped them to follow their dreams.



Amanda Chia Siew Hui
Institutional Medallist
Class of 2015 alumna
Diploma in Nutrition, Health and Wellness
 

Who Am I
I believe in making changes for the better. In SP, I founded the SP Sign Language Club, and though it took many sleepless nights of work, today more than 100 members are learning to communicate with the physically handicapped using sign language. I’ve also faced personal challenges to change my own life. In secondary school, I was overweight, but I took up sports, abstained from junk food, and started building a healthier life!

What Have I Achieved
My passion for fitness and health helped me to excel in my studies and receive the Temasek Education Foundation Sunburst Scholarship. I also took part in health screening and mapping exercises for the elderly, as well as blood donation drives. Besides my knowledge in nutrition, health, and sign language, I picked up other skills as well during my internship with an organic foo d company, where I learnt to market health food products and even conduct baking classes!

My Next Step
I’ve been accepted to study in the National University of Singapore's Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.

Awards:
Singapore Food Manufacturers' Association Gold Medal
Temasek Education Foundation Sunburst Scholarship
Toh Chin Chye Gold Medal




Eileen Kong Ee Lin
Course Medallist
Class of 2015 alumna
Diploma in Accountancy
 

Who Am I
I used to have lower self-confidence than many people, but my lecturers in SP motivated me to rise to the occasion and step out of my comfort zone. I came into SP with rather average grades, so I never expected to look back three years later to see that I’d improved so much!

What Have I Achieved
I completed my internship at KPMG LLP, one of the Big Four accounting firms in Singapore. I was also the President of the SP Business School Kindness Movement, and took part regularly in blood donation drives and entertaining senior citizens on trips to museums and the Botanic Gardens.

My Next Step
I’ve been offered places in Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore to study business administration.

Awards:
ACCA Prize
Far East Organisation Scholarship
LEAD Scholarship
Model Student Award




Divesh S/O Singaraju
Institutional Medallist
Class of 2014 alumnus
Diploma in Aeronautical
Engineering
 

Who Am I
I’m a fighter. If I can successfully fight cancer twice, there’s nothing else that can stop me. I’m really happy to be able to live an active lifestyle now and pursue my interests such as hiking and long-distance kayaking. I had my wish granted under the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which was to step onboard an aircraft cockpit. I’m now an official Wish Granter and look forward to making the wish of another cancer patient come true.

What Have I Achieved
I’m a co-founder of Youth Comm, a support group for cancer-stricken youths to help them strengthen their resolve in life as they battle their illnesses. I had the chance to do a community service project in Cambodia and also an overseas internship in China.

My Next Step
I will be studying for my engineering degree at Imperial College London, under the Singapore Airlines – SINDA Scholarship.

Awards:
Lee Kuan Yew Award
SIA Engineering Gold Medal
Alfred Robert Edis Prize
Matcor Merit Award
OCBC Prize
The Institution of Engineers Gold Medal Award
Singapore Airlines-SINDA Scholarship




Nerissa Tiong Wei Wen
Class of 2014 alumna
Diploma in Media and Communication

 

Who Am I
From primary school, I was already involved in media clubs, so naturally I chose to study media and communication after my ‘O’ levels. I sustained a bad injury during my first year and skipped school for a term. But I never let the pain and misery take over my life. In fact, I became even more determined to succeed in my studies and CCAs. I want to say a big thank you to those out there, my course mates, who helped me a great deal when I was down and out.

What I Did
Publishing a report on how social media affects youth happiness with my course mates was a major achievement. We had to present our findings to major media like The Straits Times and Channel NewsAsia. I felt like I was already in the media industry! Interning at Starcom MediaVest Group, a major player in the world advertising industry, has further reaffirmed my love for the media.

My Next Step
I will be pursuing my degree at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University under the Nanyang Scholarship.

Awards
Toh Chin Chye Gold Medal
Media Development Authority Gold Medal
Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Singapore Prize
Mediacorp Toggle Book Prize
Nanyang Scholarship




Muhammad Nur Hidayat Bin Rasiti
Class of 2014 alumnus
Diploma in Marine Engineering
 

Who Am I
My interest in the maritime industry was inspired by my seafaring grandfather. Don’t underestimate my small frame. I’m very into rock climbing and even won a team gold medal at a competition!

What I Did
I was a key member in the SP Malay Language Society and helped raise funds for a village and orphanage in Malaysia. I had the chance to sail on the Pallada, the fastest sailing ship in the world! It was really fun on board with the cadets from Russia.

My Next Step
I will soon be attached to Pacific International Lines as a sea cadet. After sailing for a few years, I would like to pursue the degree in Naval Architecture offered by the University of Newcastle upon Tyne at the Singapore Institute of Technology. In 10 years’ time, I hope to become the Chief Engineer of a vessel.

Awards:
Lee Kuan Yew Award
Sembcorp Marine Gold Medal
Keppel Offshore & Marine Prize
OCBC Prize
Singapore Maritime Employers' Federation Prize
Singapore Maritime Officers' Union Prize
The Institution of Engineers Gold Medal Award




Lin Tong Shen
Course Medallist
Class of 2015 alumnus
Diploma in Clean Energy
 

Who Am I
I find the idea of buildings things fun, and when I was younger I also discovered how inspiring the field of renewable energy was. Studying clean energy in SP prepared me for my future goal of being a professional engineer in the energy industry.

What Have I Achieved
I got the chance to create a solar cell from a silicon wafer during class. I’ve also broadened my knowledge on two industrial attachment programmes, the first at an energy company in China, and the second at A*STAR, where I was attached to an IT project and picked up skills such as basic computer and app programming.

My Next Step
I’ve been offered a place in Nanyang Technological University to study electrical and electronic engineering. I’ve also been offered the Energy Market Authority Undergraduate Scholarship.

Awards:
A*STAR Science Award
Singapore Power Prize


 



Mr. Justin Tan, 25
Co-founder and Creative Director of Design and Innovation Agency APT811
Diploma in Creative Media Design alumnus (2009)
 

"Design is not just about creating perceived value or beautifying things. There is more to it. To truly
understand how different cultures can come together using design, or to improve processes or things around me, I needed to experience it first-hand. I had to go out there and see how things were done."

This thirst for knowledge has pushed him to take extraordinary steps during his time in school. Today, he co-owns his own Design and Innovation Agency APT811 and even makes the time to mentor his juniors from SP.

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Fauziah Ally
Research Officer at the Institute of
Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB)
Diploma in Biomedical Science alumna
 

Aiming for her PhD

Fauziah Ally took the brave step of entering the Diploma in Biomedical Science (DBS) despite not having studied biology in secondary school. She worked extra hard to understand her lessons in SP, and eventually went on to read biology in Nanyang Technological University, graduating with a first class honours degree. Today, she is a research officer at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB), an institute under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A * STAR). She aims to study for her PhD in future.

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Dr Alex Chua Koon Ting
Diploma in Biomedical Science
Class of 2007 alumnus
 

First Poly Grad to be a dentist

"Becoming a dentist is a way of remembering my father," Dr Alex Chua told the Straits Times six years ago when he became the first ever poly graduate to earn a place in NUS Dentistry. His father died when he was just 12, and it was his toothless grin that inspired Alex towards his dream.

Since then, he has graduated and is now a fully-fledged dentist, the first polytechnic graduate in Singapore to do so.

The top performer at Swiss Cottage Secondary School for both his 'N' and 'O' Levels picked SP's Diploma in Biomedical Science (DBS) as his first and only choice during his Joint Admission Exercise (JAE). In SP, he made use of the school's flexible timetable for lessons, juggling several jobs while studying to fund his schooling expenses while supporting his family. Not only did he manage to excel despite his many commitments (such as giving tuition, working in fast-food outlets and being a security guard); he also found time to volunteer at orphanages and old folks' homes, and obtained the National Youth Achievement Awards (NYAA) Gold Award.

To his juniors in SP, the young dentist has this to say: “Put aside all eyes of judgement; focus on your dreams and work hard towards it!"




Ng Tian Hwee (2008)
Reuben Shuan Raman (2010)
Mandric Tan (2009)
(Not in photo)
Founders of SoundFarm
Diploma in Music & Audio Technology
 

SoundFarm

Two careers tend to worry parents of enthusiastic children more than anything else: music and entrepreneurship. Yet these three DMAT graduates have done both and come out smelling like roses. SoundFarm is a music production company set up by them in 2009 to provide music recording and audio solutions for live performances and concerts. So far, the business has already worked with more than 100 clients (more than 25 projects a year) ranging from children’s e-book makers to pop music and even church music productions!

Currently, Mandric and Reuben are furthering their education in Berklee College of Music and New York University respectively, with Mandric’s studies being financed by the Berklee Achievement Scholarship and the MES scholarship from the Media Development Authority of Singapore.

Photo source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.




Patrick Siah
Owner of W5A
Diploma in Architecture alumnus
  "I feel my dyslexia was actually an advantage in SP. It’s said that many dyslexics have a strong ability to visualise things in 3D, and I know that personally, I was able to learn very quickly in classes involving 3D elements."

He’s well-built, trained to design buildings well, and has a winning smile that’ll melt any client he meets. Diploma in Architecture graduate Patrick Siah seems to have it all. He’s even recently started his own interior business, W5A, named after the architecture block in SP where he spent three memorable years. Make no mistake though. What Patrick has gained, he has earned.

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Note: Info is correct at time of article’s release.

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