Even with a bursary, National University of Singapore (NUS) alumnus Andrew Tee (’01) struggled to make ends meet during his University days. Now, he is a loyal donor who has made a gift to NUS every year in the last five years, helping others like him to be happy. The database administrator and avid photographer shares how NUS helped him get to where he is today and why he chooses to support students at his alma mater.
Tell us about your days at NUS.
My NUS days were hectic. I was working part-time and studying due to home financial conditions at that time.
My dad passed away while I was doing National Service. My mum had to take up two jobs to sustain the family. It was difficult. My only option to continue studying was to work part-time, take a study loan and apply for bursaries.
Which bursaries did you receive?
I received the Tan Lian Boh Bursary, NUS Alumni Bursary and the CDC-CCC Bursary. The CDC-CCC Bursary was not from the Office of Financial Services, but the Office helped me receive it.
Why do you give to NUS?
I was once a recipient of NUS bursaries and now that my financial situation has improved, I would like to help others as well.
What are your hopes for the recipients of your gift?
Times were tough then but I’m happy now and I want current bursary recipients to be happy too.
Do you think it is important for alumni to give to NUS? Why?
I think it is important for alumni to give back. Being able to give is a blessing.
What are your special memories of NUS?
My friends in my study group. I got a lot of help from them and it was like a big family. We are still in contact and have gatherings occasionally.
How has NUS helped you get to where you are today?
I got my basic knowledge about IT from NUS and my first job with PSA was with the help of the NUS graduate job fair.
What are your interests outside of work?
Photography, travelling, fashion. I take mainly portrait, event and travel photos. Photography is a great way of keeping memories as well as a form of art.
If you can change something about your life, what would it be?
Nothing. Dwell not in the past, worry not about the future. Live in the moment. Life is about being able to care for others. Being happy is a choice.