Hard Work Pays Off
by |September 9, 2020 -- Updated 19:28

By Rainie Tan Rui Ying

Chaw Ji How has struggled in his academics since Primary school but is now a testament of how hard work and realistic goals paid off.

Despite not having the easiest educational path, Chaw Ji How, 22, recently graduated from Republic Polytechnic (RP) School of Engineering Design with Business with outstanding results and an admission to Nanyang Technological University for Maritime Studies. His success may be dismissed as a typical depiction of an average Singaporean, but the truth is far from it.

Ji How had to overcome plenty of obstacles before arriving at where he is today. He did poorly for his Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), and was then streamed to Normal Technical for his secondary education. Despite working extremely hard, he was not able to be promoted to Normal Academic.

However, he was not discouraged but continued to work hard at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE). “It was even tougher in ITE because I didn’t enjoy the practical lessons, and that added to the pressure and doubts that I already had about myself” he added.

Ji How’s poor grades made him doubt himself even further. Despite those challenges, Ji How eventually pulled through and he graduated with an outstanding performance. This led him to RP.

For Ji How, having an end goal was crucial in getting him through his studies as it helps to keep his spirits up and a determination to get through no matter what. While in RP, he consistently performed well in his studies, so much so that he was awarded the Softing Scholarship, Diploma Prize Award, and the Director’s Roll of Honour.

Through his module projects on entrepreneurship and and experience as project leader in his final year project, Ji How showed great leadership qualities in organisation and planning skills. This was especially evident in a project with Bicentennial Roadshow @ South West where he and his team created an interactive South West natural heritage map, which was later featured in Lianhe Zaobao.

Ji How became one of three students to be awarded internship for the Global Entrepreneurial Immersion Programme where he interned for a start-up company in Finland. Ji How’s advice for everyone: “Set realistic goals, quit comparing yourself to others and enjoy the process of working hard.”

LEADING THE WAY: Chaw Ji How at the Bicentennial Roadshow @ South West. (PHOTO BY: Chaw Ji How)
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