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Top NP Student Achieves Balance in Work and Play

By Abigail Ang

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All smiles on graduation day as the top student poses with his loved ones and key staff of NP. From left to right: Mr Clarence Ti, Mrs Anna Yap, Mr Steven Cheong, Bryan Lim, Ms Jeanette Tan, Ms Chor Swee Fun, Mrs Dawn Lim, Mr Andrew Pang. | Photo courtesy of Bryan Lim

A desire for diverse experiences challenged Bryan Lim to push the limits of self-discipline

Despite the rigour of academia, Business Studies graduate Bryan Lim, 20, found opportunities for leadership and self-growth in various co-curricular activities (CCAs).

Through his roles in nine on-campus clubs, including captain of the Swim Team and a Ngee Ann Ambassador, Bryan nurtured crucial values. Being a competitive swimmer not only enabled him to bring glory to Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) through championships like the Polytechnic-ITE Games (POL-ITE), but also equipped him with “the mental and physical capacity to endure and stay resilient” amidst a hectic school life.

His scrupulous time-management paid off when he graduated top of his NP cohort and received multiple awards for scholastic excellence, including the Ngee Ann Kongsi Gold Medal and the Lien Ying Chow Gold Medal.

Genuinely surprised at having done so well, Bryan credits his success to supportive parents “who continue to serve as (his) pillars of strength”, his lecturers and God, whom he sought “wisdom and grace (from) to tide through difficult times”.

A natural visionary, Bryan recognised that the critical thinking skills he developed over the course of his diploma could be applied to enhance the Swim Team. Together with his committee, the ‘Learn to Swim’ programme was developed to allow members to “swim at a comfortable pace and nurture sports and wellness amongst (themselves)”.

“I think it’s important to always remain humble, willing to learn, approachable and mindful of those around us. Put your heart in all that you do…when it’s tough, you’re probably doing it right,”

– Bryan Lim, top NP graduate 2016

“He’s naturally self-motivated,” said Mrs Anna Yap, Director of the School of Business & Accountancy (BA), “I’ve never seen such a focused individual.”

Beneath Bryan’s steely willpower also lies humanitarian aspirations. As the vice president of the Red Cross Youth Chapter, he helped to organise various events including the Blood Donation Drives in NP under the Health Sciences Authority’s (HSA) National Blood Programme.

“He has a very big heart (and is) able to manage his time well despite having so many commitments,” said Mrs Ng-Tham Lai Leng, a lecturer who taught Bryan Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.

“I think it’s important to always remain humble, willing to learn, approachable and mindful of those around us. Put your heart in all that you do…when it’s tough, you’re probably doing it right,” said Bryan.

Muhammad Haris Lim, 20, another recent Business Studies graduate, agrees, citing Bryan’s tenacity as a trait that has won him the respect of his peers.

Moving forward, Bryan has accepted an offer from the National University of Singapore to pursue Law and hopes to eventually serve in Singapore’s defence sector. Although his plans might seem disparate, Bryan seeks assurance in God and the words of another role model: “I share the sentiments of Steve Jobs when he said, ‘You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.’

“Experiences in Ngee Ann have nurtured me and prepared me for my next phase in life. I’ll be enlisting soon and I look forward to serving with the Singapore Armed Forces. Till then, I trust that the dots will somehow connect in my future.”

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