Jiang Hai Xiang graduated from the Diploma in Mechatronics in May 2018. The former student of Pasir Ris Sec School looks back on his 3 years in Temasek Polytechnic (TP) and explains why his learning journey was like a challenging but ultimately rewarding drive along a highway.
When I finished my ‘O’ levels, I wanted to study mechanical engineering, so I chose the Mechatronics course. It turned out to be a great choice – I did not for once regret my choice. Mechatronics gave me the best of both worlds – mechanical, electrical and a small touch of aerospace engineering too.
I think student life in TP is like travelling on a busy highway.
The first day of school, being in a new environment, with thousands of people and many subjects, I remember feeling quite lost on a new and unfamiliar road. But pretty soon, we settled in, made new friends, and suddenly the road didn’t seem so difficult after all.
We had struggles and misunderstanding; those were the potholes on the road. But help was readily available from our lecturers, and support from our friends smoothed out the bumps. We got stuck at times during projects, trying to consider every idea and opinion, juggling multiple deadlines. That was the mental traffic jam!
Just like a Formula 1 team, we learnt how to work smart as a team and manage time effectively. Thankfully, we didn’t have to make any detours. And finally, we’ve reached this important milestone: Graduation Day.
For me, three important traits helped me to do well in the race along the highway – Passion, Perseverance and Priorities.
Passion is important as it drivesus forward. You have to do what you love, and love what you do. Passion is like the Red Bull which gives us energy and focus.
Next is Perseverance. Mr Jack Ma (Alibaba chief) once said: “If you don’t give up, you still have a chance. Giving up is the greatest failure.” What comes easy won’t always last, and what will last, won’t always come easy! So we should focus all our energy to make our dreams come true. It may be a long journey, but difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.
Last but not least, is knowing our Priorities. We have 24 hours in a day so we have to prioritise what’s more important and what’s not. Do something that’s meaningful or which adds value or beauty to your life.
To end, I’d like to share a quote by a young writer named Mehek Bassi. She said: “Life is like a drive on highway. There will always be someone behind, along, and ahead of you. No matter how many people you overtake, life will always serve you with a new challenge, a new commuter driving ahead of you. The destination is the same for everyone, but what matters at the end is – how much you enjoy the drive!”
So let’s rev-up our engines, celebrate every success that we get, and enjoy the road ahead!