For a student who was never strong in academics during his primary and secondary school years, studying at the National University of Singapore (NUS) was a dream. It all changed when Lim Cheng Lei found his calling studying Information Technology at the Singapore Polytechnic. This new passion motivated him to strive harder and to do well – so well that he received the highly coveted NUS Undergraduate (Merit) Scholarship to study Computing at the University.
“For me, the Scholarship was a form of recognition for the effort I put into my studies. It was a great booster of confidence as it meant that NUS recognised my potential and wanted to invest in my education,” says the Year 2 student, who is also a part of the University Scholars Programme (USP), a multidisciplinary, partially residential programme for NUS undergraduates.
“Life in NUS has been challenging and exciting for me in the past two years. Being in USP has challenged me academically but at the same time exposed me to different experiences. Despite the differences in our majors and background, I have also made many friends. Every conversation and gathering has been an eye opener for me as I learn from differing perspectives,” shares Cheng Lei, who is currently the President of the University Scholars Club, the student governance body of USP.
The busy student has also been volunteering with the People’s Association for the past five years and is currently servingin the grassroots movement under Punggol Community Club as the Chairman of the Youth Executive Committee.
“It has been humbling to lead a team of extremely motivated fellow youths who believe in creating opportunities for others to achieve their dreams. In 2014, we ran the inaugural Youth Community Leadership development training – Project Ignite – for secondary school students. In Project Ignite, we train and mentor them to organise events and activities for the community over a period of three months. It has been extremely heartening to contribute back to the society that I had benefited from in my small little ways,” Cheng Lei reveals.
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