By Jenny Ganeshrays
#1 A Whole New Ball Game
Chuang Chin Tuan, 24, tinkered with computers in NP. These days, however, the Internetworking & Communications graduate tackles psychology papers instead.
Chin Tuan graduated with GPA of 3.17 and applied for a place in Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) but was rejected.
He enrolled in the Singapore Institute of Management Global Education’s (SIM-GE) Bachelor of Arts double major programme, calling it “a pursuit of passion”.
#2 Working to Get an Edge
With a cumulative GPA of 3.30, Lim Bei Ling, a Media & Communication graduate from Singapore Polytechnic applied for a place at NTU and at the National University of Singapore (NUS), but did not make it.
Her plan? To gain relevant work experience to enhance her application. “With my experience (at the Media Development Authority), I hope I’ll be successful the next time round,” she says.
#3 Money Woes Put Further Studies on Hold
For Shirley Tarigan, 21, graduating last August with a cumulative GPA of 2.2 left her with limited options and the engineering student has been working ever since.
She cannot take up a bank loan to finance her tertiary studies privately as she has to pay for her NP Study Loan.
Says Shirley, “Actually, I’ve got no plans for the future, just that I know no matter what, I need to further [my] studies when I have the money, because my pay will depend on my qualifications.”
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