She was a big girl, literally, and was often teased about it. She was often the centre of jokes in gatherings with family and friends. Amanda Chia weighed 76kg at her heaviest which was during her secondary three days at Holy Innocents’ High School. She was also a rebellious teenager who mixed with bad company and was a constant headache for her teachers.
Fortunately, Amanda realised that her future would be bleak if she continued to rebel with her then friends. A turning point came for her when she befriended a different group of school mates and took up tchoukball as a sport to occupy her time. Her love for chocolates was severed and she lost some 20kg in just months!
From someone who used to fail her Mathematics in secondary two, she became the national top secondary five G.C.E ‘O’ Level student and scored five distinctions! Her personal experience with weight issues led her to pursue the Diploma in Nutrition, Health and Wellness at Singapore Polytechnic (SP). She was also awarded the Temasek Education Foundation Sunburst Scholarship for her academic achievements. To get first-hand experience with health issues, she took part in various activities such as health screening, a health mapping exercise for senior citizens and a blood donation drive. In 2014, she was the advisor to the SP School of Chemical and Life Sciences’ Food and Nutrition Student Executive Committee.
Recognising that she has the ability to help the less fortunate, the SP Model Student Award winner Amanda founded the SP Sign Language Club. She went through countless sleepless nights to nurture the club from its infancy stage to where it is now with more than 100 members. As President of the club, she spearheaded the development of the entire syllabus for members to learn the silent language.
While interning with an organic food manufacturing company, Amanda gained not just a deeper understanding on food and nutrition matters but also how to market products. She conducted baking classes, promoted organic wines and even did manual labour from stocktaking to cleaning the shop. The experience convinced her further to be a health advocator after her graduation.
The former big girl who now sports a healthy figure is now ready for a much bigger challenge. She has been accepted to study medicine at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore.
- Toh Chin Chye Gold Medal
- Singapore Food Manufacturers' Association Gold Medal