Mr Kelly Choo Hon Min (’08) first met his wife, Ms Jessie Tong (’09), at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Entrepreneurship Society’s recruitment drive for newcomers. The budding entrepreneur from the School of Computing was initially attracted to her pink-tinted glasses and spoke to her about the organisation and activities. She was very attentive to what he had to say and they brought their further interactions over to online messaging as well as CCA activities where they got to know each other better.
In Singapore’s 50th year, the now happily-married couple will be expecting a jubilee baby, and has given back to NUS through the NUS Campus Couples Bursary Fund to commemorate the many memories they shared during their University days. An alumni-led initiative, the NUS Campus Couples Bursary Fund encourages couples who met on campus to make a gift to bursaries in support of financially-disadvantaged students.
“We were both in NUS Overseas College in Philadelphia where we got to travel and know each other better,” says Mr Choo, reminiscing about the quality time spent with Ms Tong, then a student from the Faculty of Science.
The couple was thrilled to be given the opportunity to repay the acts of kindness they had received during their University days. “My wife benefitted from various NUS bursaries during her undergraduate studies and we are delighted to give back to our alma mater. As we have benefitted from someone else’s kindness, be it through advice, money or time, we should pay it forward to the next generation,” Mr Choo says.
Through this Bursary, the couple hopes to allow students, regardless of financial standing, to pursue their dreams and passions. The couple adds, “The University allows us to acquire the foundations of learning how to learn, which is important for lifelong learning and self-improvement.”
Mr Choo has since started his own online business intelligence company Brandtology, which hosts many students and aspiring entrepreneurs in its offices to share their entrepreneurial journey and lessons. They also participate regularly in corporate social responsibility events and hope to contribute more to society in future.
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