“Every aspiring nurse deserves to experience an education free from financial strain and worry,” says Yang Yen Yen, a Final Year Nursing student at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Alice Lee Centre of Nursing Studies. And it was this vision that prompted Yen Yen and five of her course mates to take part in the University’s Commencement Class Giving campaign.
The Campaign, a longstanding NUS tradition, is in its seventh year and encourages graduating classes across the University to come together to raise funds for juniors at their Faculties. The funds raised go towards student support.
Yen Yen, who chose to study Nursing as it inspires her to pursue humility and kindness, says, “It was an honour, as a graduating senior, to represent the Class of 2013 as a Commencement Class champion. Our ultimate goal was not only to raise as much as we could, but to also spread and encourage the spirit of altruism among our colleagues. It was heartwarming to witness my friends stepping up for the cause for the same reasons that I did.”
On how to encourage more students to take part in the Commencement Giving campaign, she says, “I think students will be more inclined to participate when they are able to gain a sense of ownership for the cause. Support can continue to be given to future Class champions as they reach out to their classmates in various ways. Lastly, I think it should be emphasised that students can decide which Faculty to contribute their gift to.”
Another Commencement Class champion, Henry Kong, shares his reasons for signing up as a Class champion. “I wanted to contribute to a cause I strongly believe in. I believe that by being in the health care sector, we can make the most difference in a person’s life,” he says. Henry described the experience as one that was fun and meaningful as it enabled him to work with a group of like-minded people and see the difference he wanted to make.
For students who are considering becoming Commencement Class champions in the future, he advises, “Join with the mentality of wanting to be a change agent, instead of waiting for changes to happen. Be the difference in the lives of others.”
This year, in tribute to the 90th birthday of Singapore’s Founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew, NUS will dedicate gifts and pledges recorded by the University from 1 January to 31 December 2013, with the consent of our donors, to honour Mr Lee Kuan Yew. In addition, NUS has set up the Lee Kuan Yew Endowed Fund which will go towards bursaries for financially needy undergraduate students.
Are you graduating and interested in making a gift to your Faculty? To find out more about Commencement Class Giving 2014, visit http://giving.nus.edu.sg/how-to-give/annual-giving/commencement-class-giving.
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