End of Year 1 Term 1 Semester 1

28 August 2014 was officially the last day of Year 1 Semester 1 Term 1 in SIM University. It was definitely tough getting back into the studying mood especially after such a long holiday all the way since the end of my A levels and like all Singaporean Sons, serve our nation for the 1 Year 10 Months.

SIM University’s unique pedagogy ensures that students act as pro active, self-motivated learner and that one should take charge of his or her own education. To kickstart our journey, we were given books to read to prepare ourselves for what is in store for us. One of them ( a Singapore Literature Prize Winner in 2014) – The leader, The teacher & You by Lim Siong Guan with Joanne H.Lim has certainly opened many windows within my mind. I am deeply humbled by the author and his experiences and hope that my leadership capabilities can be modelled after what I have read.

As part of the school’s curriculum, all students have to undergo a 3D2N Outward Bound School Course at Pulau Ubin. Before the course, I had many doubts about the need for this OBS course. After all, Secondary School students are also able to complete the course and overcome the obstacles presented. And furthermore as guys, we had already undergone national service, how would this 3D2N even benefit us?  However, I approached OBS with an open mind and managed to learn many new things. As a former rock climber at Meridian Junior College, the high elements were easy to overcome. However, in a team sport, you are only as strong as the weakest member on your team. Everybody cheered and  encouraged one another. And, we exceeded  our own expectations for the money we could collect for our dinner. My main takeaway was that sometimes, we might belittle our own capabilities and settle for a place in our cosy comfort zone, when in reality, we can actually achieve much more.

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The happy faces before a gruelling trek

“OBS nurtures our youths to be physically and mentally robust. They develop self-confidence, resilience, leadership and teamwork. They are instilled with the resolve to strive and succeed, and the sense of responsibility to give back to society.”

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Chairman People’s Association

I have always been interested in service learning and OBS have reinforced my desire to   work with youths.

Awarding of Certificate

Awarding of Certificate

Have a good time, dear readers!

Looking ahead to term 2.

Looking ahead to term 2.

Deep insights towards PW experience

The Written Report 2010

Way back in my days as a uniformed student in Meridian JC, where all A Level’s candidates are put to the arduous task -Project Work.

The PW journey was tough and even during 2010, there is a disparity between technology then and 2015. (Fact: WhatsApp was not even popular then, snapchat was not even developed and smartphones were still quite new on the market and pricey). Our group mates were from different class and meeting up itself was already an obstacle due to the variation in class schedule (Science stream with extra laboratory work vs Arts stream)

The topic given was Amalgamation which is basically combining or merging two different subjects. We settled on the technology + travel. After a few rounds of tedious brainstorming and endless cups of coffee, we would model our end product based on the case study of Wii Sports who managed to successfully amalgamate sports with technology. Within  a short duration we had to come up with the first draft. Our proposal has to be unique, creative and something new yet it has to be realistic.

In the artefact given, it is the final written report produced. It was restricting as I was new to 3D imaging but I had the end in mind, to have a end product that would attract the attention of anyone and persevered in order to complete my task.  In retrospect, I felt a great sense of accomplishment when I managed to complete interactive iPhone app mockups and 3D illustrations of the technology exhibition which we proposed.  

“Nothing worth having was ever achieved without effort”  Theodore Roosevelt  

The end product tasted extremely sweet as I managed to stray away from my comfort zone and instead took a risk and try something new. With the right positive attitude, open mind and persistence, I can learn new skills that would undoubtedly be of help for my other projects.

In conclusion, project work was a source of frustration amongst the junior college students. However, by facing it with the right attitude and a willingness to learn new skills, we can definitely benefit from it. The things we learn through the process are not theoretical and instead applicable to how we  treat our future projects.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done” Nelson Mandela