National University of Singapore (NUS) Engineering student Ang Wei Jun has a passion for engineering that goes beyond just analysing and explaining how things work. More importantly to the Third Year Chemical Engineering major, who is a recipient of the Shaw Foundation Scholarship, such knowledge can be harnessed to improve the quality of lives.
On why he chose to join NUS, Wei Jun says, “NUS is one of the top universities in the field of engineering. I was also attracted by the School’s wide range of global learning opportunities, enhancement programmes, and vibrant campus community that can make the most out of my college education.”
And thanks to the Shaw Foundation Scholarship, Wei Jun is now able to focus on doing well in school and on pursuing other interests. “The Scholarship helped to relieve the financial burden on my ageing parents. I have less to worry about financially, and this has opened up many enrichment opportunities for me,” he says.
Wei Jun served on the welfare committee of the Chemical Engineering Student’s Society, where he helped to plan and implement various welfare initiatives for the student population. He says, “For being able to encourage my coursemates through the hectic school term with these initiatives, I feel a sense of achievement and satisfaction. I also find it really meaningful when I am able to bring a smile to the faces of my friends when they are stressed with school.
“The Shaw Foundation Scholarship constantly serves as reminder for me to spread the giving spirit. When school is hectic and volunteering can be tiring, the Scholarship never fails in encouraging me to continue helping the less fortunate.”
Apart from being able to participate in meaningful co-curricular activities that he feels has made his university life more memorable, Wei Jun also credits the Shaw Foundation Scholarship for giving him the opportunity to experience studying abroad.
Currently on exchange in Finland, Wei Jun says, “The student exchange programme has made me a stronger person. I have definitely learnt much, not just academically, but more importantly, valuable life skills and ideas that will remain with me for life. It has been challenging overcoming language barriers and living independently, and I am happy and proud of being a student ambassador for NUS,” he says.
When he graduates, Wei Jun hopes to join the pharmaceutical industry as a process engineer, where he can contribute to the health and well-being of people.
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