Arumi Ho, a National University of Singapore (NUS) undergraduate at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and recipient of the Tang Wan Lin Bursary comes from a single-parent family. Without financial aid, Arumi could not have completed her studies at NUS.
Arumi’s mother worked hard to manage the family’s dire financial situation and support Arumi and her sister, who is also in tertiary education. But, her mother had to quit her part-time jobs to become a full-time caretaker when Arumi’s grandmother had a stroke.
“It would not have been possible for me to attain an education at NUS without placing a huge financial burden on my family. Being awarded the Tang Wan Lin Bursary, I am able to cover a part of my University fees and put my mother’s mind at ease,” admits Arumi.
The Tang Wan Lin Bursary was established by the family of the late Ms Tang Wan Lin, to honour her memory.
With the Bursary, not only can Arumi cover her transport expenses, purchase essential school materials and pay miscellaneous fees, but it also allowed her to put her financial woes aside and fully concentrate on her academics and extra-curricular activities.
“Like other students at NUS, I am now privileged to be able to have a holistic education. My professors are willing to put in great effort to groom us and I have friends’ help to ignite my passion in whatever I choose to do,” she expresses.
Besides aspiring to graduate from NUS with satisfactory results, Arumi also aims to have an exciting University experience. She participates actively in NUS Dance Blast!, a dance club under the NUS Centre For the Arts (CFA). She has also volunteered her time to be a councilor during the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) annual camp in 2014, to welcome incoming freshmen to NUS and to facilitate bonding amongst them.
Arumi is truly thankful for the Bursary as she was able to enjoy many fruitful experiences at NUS with the financial aid she has received. “One day, I hope to be able to give back to others as I know how hard it is for those who are financially needy to cope with the stresses and demands of a rigorous schedule as an undergraduate. I will not hesitate to lend a helping hand within my means,” she concludes.
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