A Journey of Self Discovery, Grit and lots of Stubbornness

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A Journey of Self Discovery, Grit and lots of Stubbornness

As I was doing my part as a ‘bus guide’, I was both reflecting on my journey to SIM as a staff and also years back as a student. There were some prospective students who began comparing the degree programmes and asked me the common question, “Which degree is better?” This struck me as that relevance isn’t as important as the reputation of the university that confers the degree. As such, this post is dedicated to providing an idea of what university degree should be.


Is knowledge really all power? Or is there something we’re really missing?

Students have to cope with the demands of others. They have to manage assessments while thinking about their co-curricular activities and other social gatherings. They are in the stage of understanding their personal and social identity. Students might struggle with how others think about them. or even what they think about themselves. Understand the struggles they go through and respecting their decisions are one of the best support that you can provide for them as they grow up. Provide the space for them to decide what is best for them, that will help in their decision making.

…And while curriculum and pedagogy are critical to a quality education, equally important are the non-cognitive skills our students are learning in school.

Annie Brock and Heather Hundley – Authors of the Growth Mindset Playbook: A Teacher’s Guide to Promoting Student Success


You can choose to overcome your challenges or complain about it every time

I feel that the disadvantages in life help us advance in many ways. Being disadvantaged determines my character, it’s a decision of whether I try to overcome things, or I simply lay back and complain about the negativity. It helps us to navigate around the hurdles and overcome them. When we are disadvantaged in some ways, we try to make up for the gaps. Thinking about it, when I first started, I knew what I wanted to be. So I started applying for part time roles that provided me opportunities for work experience. I took up several roles to learn and never looked back at whatever ‘salary’ that was provided for me.

I took a quote from Carole Dweck that held a lot of meaning to me as I have kids too.

If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. That way, their children don’t have to be slaves of praise. They will have a lifelong way to build and repair their own confidence.

Carole Dweck – Author of Growth Mindset


Life is a marathon of grit moments

I thought about how education will really look like for my kids in future. Generation grit reminds us of how we should take learning seriously and long term, thinking about certificates that nurture both our future generations and ourselves. Tinkering about certificates that not only assess our skills and knowledge, but also evaluating our mindset about the domain area that we’re studying.

There are lots of lifelong learning opportunities for all of us in Singapore, as far as the government is involved. However, many of us deter away from these opportunities as we think about the commitment that are stacked against us. Regardless of whether we are educators or parents,we want to set the notion of what lifelong learning is like to our children. Let’s bring certificates to a new level, where HR personnel can view our skills, knowledge and attitude about the training experience that we go through. Grind through the failures and setback that happen. At the end of the tunnel, you will see the light.

Here, I present a quote from Neil Gaiman, author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre, and films.

They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t teach you how to be famous. They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying. They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.

Neil Gaiman – English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre, and films


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