A self-confessed wimp, Lim Wan Sin, entered TP in April 2013 as a shy, introverted and tentative individual, afraid to even look at people, let alone talk to them. But by the time she graduated 3 years later, the former Bedok North Sec School student had become an accomplished and confident young lady and a leader among her peers, earning a Diploma in Green Building & Sustainability (Merit) and the course Bronze medal. How in the world did that happen? She shares her experience…
These 3 years have passed by in the blink of an eye, but strong friendships have been forged, unforgettable memories have been created and I have grown stronger in my own ways. That is how I would sum up my 3 years in TP in 20 words.
I can still vividly remember the first day I stepped into TP, during the TP open house in January 2013. As I entered the entrance of the School of Engineering, I was kind of “intimidated” by the extremely enthusiastic Group Leaders that I kept my head low and avoided any eye contact. I have to admit I was a bit of a “wimp” in the past, always so negative and sensitive about everything. But I told myself “You can’t be a wallflower all your life! You have to do something about it!” so I challenged myself by signing up for the TP Adventure Club, and I even served on the club’s main committee.
The Adventure Club’s activities – many of them outdoor programmes which were physically demanding and which took us out of our comfort zone – also forced me out of my shell. During these activities, teamwork was essential, and how else could you forge teamwork if you do not talk to, and cooperate with, your team mates? When the environment or circumstances threaten, we find strength in numbers. So these activities pushed my self confidence up several notches and they helped me to understand my fellow human beings too.
During an Adventure Club trekking trip
In the first year, serving the committee was not an easy task. I was inexperienced, shy to voice out my opinions and I had so many things to learn! However, that did not deter me. From engaging the sub-committees during weekly training, to being actively involved in the various Student Leadership Programmes, I felt happier because I was surrounded with positive friends. Through the planning of events, I have met many inspiring student leaders and I realised my own potential to lead as well. For my commitment to the Adventure club, eventually I even received a CCA Merit Award for Leadership at the end of my journey!
During my primary school days, if you were to let me choose between speaking to a stranger and eating rotten cheese, I would definitely opt for the latter. But while I was at TP, I could feel my gradual self transformation. Ultimately, I began to feel that going to school was no longer just about studying but also forging new friendships and growing to be a more confident person.
What I would like to share with you, is that whatever barrier you think is holding you back from becoming a more out-spoken, stronger and more mature person, tear it down, with all your might! Throw caution to the wind, because we are still young! Don’t be afraid to take the first step because only with the first step will we be able to make a difference!
Enjoying the great outdoors during one of my Adventure Club activities
Neale Donald Walsch once said, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”. We will never get the athletic skills we yearn for if we sit on the couch all day. Similarly, we would not have earned our diplomas if we had ditched our books for the latest Korean dramas every week!
Never once have I regretted taking the poly route. Sure, there were frustrating times when I just wanted to give up. There were uncooperative and irritating group mates whom I could not seem to get rid of. But there were also the happy times when I did well for my modules. And there were the friends who were always there for me, through the good times and the bad.
In fact, what I have achieved so far would not have been possible without those who had guided, supported and encouraged me. I would like to thank my classmates for the fun and laughter throughout these 3 years. And I would like to thank my lecturers and Care Person (aka Form Teacher), for their patience and passion in teaching me.
With my course manager and fellow medallists on Graduation Day 2016
A big thank you, too, to my parents for showing so much love and concern. It was because of them that I am able to be rewarded with the Diploma in Green Building & Sustainability (with Merit), scoring a cumulative GPA of 3.97.
With my mum on Graduation Day 2016
Graduating from TP does not mean that we have reached my destination; rather it is a continuation of a lifelong journey for us.