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IT Will Be Her World

Sally Chin has a boldness and sense of adventure that is rarely seen today. As a secondary three student in Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School, she was already the owner of a profitable blogshop selling K-pop merchandise, branded headphones and portable mini-speakers. Her success prompted her to consider an information technology course after her G.C.E. ‘O’ Level examinations in order to discover more opportunities in the IT world.

Although Singapore Polytechnic (SP) was the top choice in her mind, Sally still made several trips to SP to talk with the students and lecturers to reaffirm her decision. She decided that the Diploma in Business Information Technology was the right choice for her because it has a strong combination of both IT and business modules. In addition, she felt that SP had a vibrant campus.

With her good 'O' levels results, Sally clinched the Integrated Infocomm Scholarship offered by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) for students taking IT-related courses.

Her SP journey was action-packed. She joined the Student Entrepreneurs Club and rose to become its Vice President during her final year. Through the S.E.E.D (Sharing, Exploration, Enrichment, Development) Student Interest Group where she was a member and a student leader, she participated in numerous hackathon competitions such as IdeasInc Startathon 2.0 organised by the Nanyang Technopreneur Centre. Her team’s idea of a bracelet linked to a web application that allows a wearer to connect and keep in touch with new people won them the first prize.

Sally made two overseas trips during her SP days. The first was to Ho Chih Minh City in Vietnam under the Youth Expedition Programme. This trip opened her eyes to a different world. She found a deeper meaning to happiness after witnessing how appreciative the teenagers and old folks there were for the simple things in life.

Especially memorable was her second trip which was to University College London in the United Kingdom for her overseas internship programme. The six-week programme gave her the chance to attend IT-related conferences and visit established multinational companies like GlaxoSmithKline and Capgemini. It opened her mind to re-consider career options such as IT consulting which she previously thought was a dull job. The experience further sealed her belief that the IT field is the right path for her.

Sally plans to pursue a degree in Information Systems Management at the Singapore Management University. Her ambition is to be a changemaker in the world of IT, either through starting her own company, or innovating something new that would benefit the IT community.


  • Low Guan Onn Gold Medal
  • IDA Gold Medal
  • Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry Prize
  • iSentia Brandtology Award