Ong Jun Hock Ryan
Faith And Belief Lead To Success
Kuan Yew Award
Due to his
nature as a straight-talker, Ong Jun Hock Ryan was bullied continuously for almost
four years during his secondary school days. Many saw him as a troublemaker for
not conforming to the norm. The bullying disrupted his studies and resulted in Ryan
skipping school for almost a year before transferring to West Spring Secondary
School just to complete his Secondary Four education.
As a result
of his bumpy secondary school journey, Ryan scored badly for his G.C.E. ‘O’
Levels and could only qualify for a handful of polytechnic courses. However,
Ryan saw polytechnic as a new start to his life and wanted to play a part in
Singapore’s Smart Nation journey by supporting the growing need for computer
scientists and engineers.
he was weak in Physics and had no background in Additional Mathematics – key
subjects for engineering courses - Ryan was determined to challenge himself and
applied for Singapore Polytechnic(SP)’s Diploma in Computer Engineering (DCPE)
course as his top choice.
It was the right
choice on hind sight as SP provided Ryan the right platforms to grow his
confidence, character and knowledge. Even though he encountered difficulties in
basic Mathematics and Engineering modules, Ryan would always seek the help of
his patient and caring lecturers. He also put in extra hours to revise his
lessons and was rewarded with mainly Distinctions and ‘A’s in his first semester.
decided to grow himself holistically by joining the SP Primers Club as his
co-curricular activity. His first involvement with the club was participating
in the 2016 edition of the National Day Parade as a motivator. Seeing the
audience joining in and enjoying the celebrations as he led them through the
songs and dance filled Ryan with joy.
At SP, Ryan learned
to lead through the SP’s Leadership Programme camp in Johor Bahru and his
appointment as a class leader. Even though he did not have faith in himself,
Ryan’s lecturer identified with his abilities and believed in him. As class
leader, Ryan organised bonding events for the class and served as the liaison
between his lecturers and classmates.
experience convinced Ryan to become one of the founding member and Chairman of
the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Ambassadors Club. As
Chairman, he was actively involved in organising and leading events for the
school and developed a framework to better manage the club and its activities.
recognition of his attitude and strong character, Ryan was selected to be a
delegate of the S. Rajaratnam Endowment – Youth Model ASEAN Conference in 2016.
During the conference, Ryan tapped on his foresight and general knowledge to
lead his committee to the 1st runner up spot in the Committee Pitch
He also had the opportunity to take
part in a hackathon organised by the Singapore University of Technology and
Design (SUTD). During the 12-hour hackathon, Ryan used his engineering
knowledge to help his team develop an innovative prototype of a recycling
machine. The invention impressed the judges and he walked away with the 1st
The SP Model Student also managed to
put his engineering skills and knowledge to good use during his 22-week
internship at the Center for Strategic Infocomm Technologies where he developed
a unique solution to identify potential data leakage.
Ryan has already been offered the SUTD
Global Distinguished Scholarship to pursue Engineering Systems and Design. He
has also been offered a spot in the Computing and Law degree at the Singapore
Management University. Ryan hopes to pursue a career as a legal tech advisor
and contribute to Singapore’s Smart Nation journey.
Ryan is living proof that belief and
faith can take one far even if society chooses to judge or assume.