Message from SOH Graduate, Andre Tan Teng Yan from Diploma in Integrated Events Management 

We may be feeling disappointed at this point of time. The day that we have been dreaming of for three years turned out to be very different from what we expected. The thought of not being able to see all of you, my friends, gathered at our graduation, makes me a little sad but it encourages me to appreciate you even more. I would like to urge everyone to cherish the friendships forged during these three years of our polytechnic journey by continuing to stay in contact.

Andre and friends 

The RP Journey

My educational journey was not all smooth sailing. I failed my O-Level exams and I could still remember the feeling of being lost and unwanted. Back then, I was receiving rejection letters from different schools. Eventually, I decided on ITE, where I began working hard. And I am glad my hard work paid off as I performed well enough to enrol in RP. 

Just as my confidence was building up, it hit another stumbling block. RP’s pedagogy was so different to me! I was caught off guard and had difficulty adjusting. I still remember in Week 1, I called my mom to tell her that I would like to drop out of school and go for my National Service. At that time, I felt like I had enough of studying and wanted to give up. However, thanks to the guidance, care and patience of my mentors and lecturers, I persevered.

A Word of Thanks

I would like to take this opportunity to honour different groups of people. On behalf of the graduating cohort, I would like to thank the lecturers for being there for us – for staying up late to reply to our SOS messages during the exam period and for treating us pizzas and KFC on the last day of the semester. 

I would also like to thank the cleaners and the Office of Estates for creating such a wonderful environment for us to study in. We appreciate you and we are sorry if we made a mess in the classrooms.

On a personal note, I would like to thank God for everything that has happened and I would like to thank my family for their never-ending support. Thank you for the love, care, advice and patience! 

I would also like to thank my mentor Ms Faith Ng for her guidance. Not forgetting my ITE friends and church friends for helping me cope with my studies. Lastly, I would like to thank my friends from W47H, you know who you are – I love you guys.

Andre Tan

Andre Tan Teng Yang,
Diploma in Integrated Events Management,
School of Hospitality

Andre and friends

Andre with his colleagues during his internship with Experia Events at the TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference 2019

To everyone, may we never forget the feeling of having to submit our RJs before 12 midnight every day!

Congratulations, everyone!