“To heal sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always.” These words by ancient Greek physician Hippocrates were what motivated National University of Singapore (NUS) student Tan Kah Wei to study medicine. Kah Wei, a recipient of the Ngee Ann Kongsi Scholarship, is currently a First Year student at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and hopes to one day become a doctor who provides relief and comfort to patients during their neediest moments.
On why she chose to join NUS, Kah Wei says, “NUS has a very vibrant environment that really encourages both academic and extra-curricular pursuits. There are many facilities and resources available for students to explore different interests. I was also wowed by the advanced technology available in the School.”
Kah Wei credits the Ngee Ann Kongsi Scholarship for not only enabling her to pursue her medical dreams at NUS without having to burden her parents, but also for the opportunity to experience residential college life at Tembusu College, one of the residential colleges at NUS University Town (UTown).
“The Scholarship has alleviated the financial burden on my parents, in terms of medical school fees and residential college fees. I think that receiving the Scholarship has encouraged me to be more financially independent. As much as possible, I try to manage my own finances instead of relying on my parents too much. Also, the Scholarship has enabled me to sign up for overseas community involvement programmes as well as pursue my own interests such as studying the Japanese language.”
So how is Kah Wei finding residential college life?
The aspiring doctor says, “At Tembusu College, we can explore very diverse topics that may be completely unrelated to our field of study. I think that it is fascinating to be able to take modules that are not medicine-related.”
Kah Wei also shares that it is fun mingling with people from different Faculties and taking part in interest groups. She cites rolling down the grassy slopes of UTown and going for late-night suppers with her Orientation Group as some of the things that are unique to UTown residential college life.
When she graduates, Kah Wei hopes to become a good doctor who will serve her patients well.
“At this stage, I am not very sure what I would like to specialise in. That said, I hope to become a doctor who has both the skills and the compassion to provide comprehensive care for her patients, in short, a doctor patients will trust,” she says.
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.