Academic excellence – check. Student leadership – check. Character development – check. Armed with all the distinguished marks of a model student, all-rounder Bryan Lim remains unassuming and eager to learn.
The Business Studies (BS) graduate credits his internship with a medical organisation for making him realise he had a lot more to learn.
“The stint humbled me a lot. I was reporting to a few superiors, each with different management styles. The experience taught me what true leadership is about. There is still some way to go for me to apply the knowledge that I’ve gained from school,” he said.
Besides the internship experience, Bryan recalls other ‘Aha!’ moments over the past three years, some of which have changed his calling.
He was all set to become a future entrepreneur when he chose to pursue Business Studies in Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP). While he has no regrets about his choice, his aspirations have taken a totally new direction because of a navy exhibition he attended in 2014.
“I became fascinated by defence diplomacy and how international disputes were resolved. My interest in law and its application in the military field was ignited,” said Bryan. He added that his Overseas Merit Fellowship programme in New Zealand fuelled his interest further: “It broadened my worldview and made me want to give back to Singapore.”
Bryan now plans to do law and ultimately serve in Singapore’s defence force. He has received offers to study law, including from the prestigious King’s College London. Meanwhile, he has embarked on an internship with a law firm to gain some experience and prepare himself for his law degree.
The change in career inclination was not the only U-turn he made. He was not sure about poly education initially. But he changed his mind soon after experiencing life at NP. “I believe everything happens for a reason. I feel blessed to have been given so many opportunities in NP that I might not have gotten elsewhere,” he said.
Bryan has had a very fulfilling student life indeed. He was Captain of the Swim Team, Vice President of the Red Cross Youth Chapter, a Ngee Ann Ambassador, and a volunteer with the Rotaract and Leo Club. Outside of NP, he is also a certified Rescue Diver and a regular helper at community events.
To survive the hectic schedule and still do well academically, Bryan has his competitive swimming to thank for teaching him discipline and resilience. He sums it up with this mantra: “Tough times won’t last, but tough people do.”
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Gold Medal is awarded each year to the most outstanding graduate in Ngee Ann Polytechnic. The
recipient is selected from the top graduates of the various Academic Schools. The medal, first presented in 1980, is funded by Ngee Ann Kongsi, a foundation that is actively involved in educational, cultural and welfare activities in Singapore.
The Lien Ying Chow Gold Medal is awarded to the most outstanding graduate from a non-technology course in Ngee Ann Polytechnic. First awarded in 1998, it is funded through the generous contribution of the late Dr Lien Ying Chow, Chairman of the Lien Foundation. Dr Lien was the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the then Ngee Ann College from 1962 to 1965.