Message from Jacob Lee Hong Kang,
Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management

Being given the opportunity to be back as a student in Republic Polytechnic (RP) by Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) was really an honour. I am glad to have achieved good grades in RP which I never did when I was younger.

Being in Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management (DSLM) has helped me to be better equipped with the knowledge and skills to teach and train when I return to the SAF. I have a love-hate relationship with Problem-based Learning as for my course, I had to start the day with a challenging problem that my team and I had to solve by the end of the day. I realised it is essential as it prepares us for internship and the future workplace.

Being selected to go through the Entrepreneurial Immersion Programme (EIP) for my internship was a once in a lifetime opportunity and an interesting experience for me, where my team and I could try out our ideas while being financially supported by the school.  

Jacob Lee Hong Kang

Jacob Lee Hong Kang
Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management,
School of Sports, Health and Leisure

Jacob and teammates after presentation

Jacob and his teammates posing after a presentation while attending the Entrepreneurial Immersion Programme (EIP)

Photo taken before COVID-19

I would like to thank all lecturers who have taught me and are willing to go that extra mile to help me understand the modules better. I am grateful to the lecturers for constantly encouraging us to strive to be the better version of ourselves.

I also want to thank my friends for their company and support as they have made my life in RP a meaningful one. I really treasure friendships that we have forged, and the fond and funny memories that we have created.

To my loved ones – Thank you for encouraging me to embark on this wonderful learning journey and for being my pillar of strength and support.

Class of 2021, I hope all of you will continue to strive to be better version of yourselves and find your path to success! I wish you the best in your next phase of life and future endeavours!

Message from Lim Kok Guan,
Specialist Diploma in Healthy Ageing and Community Care for Seniors

I am truly humbled and honoured to pen my words here on behalf of SHL’s Continuing Education and Training (CET) Class of 2021. And I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following lecturers who have believed in me – Mr Lyon Lai, Mr Aaron Angus Chen, Ms Low Pei Pei, Ms Choy Mian Yee, Ms Jenny Ng, Ms Trina Tan, Ms Genevieve Phua and my fellow classmates – without whom, I would not have made it!

My journey is one filled with numerous failures and mental health struggles whilst caring for my father with dementia and my mother with cancer. As the only child and primary caregiver to both parents, I knew I had to stay strong and not be afraid of failures. Looking back, it was the failures I had overcome that allowed me to grow. Today, I am the co-founder of EnableAsia, a local social enterprise focusing on enabling caregivers and their loved ones with dementia to live a life with dignity.

It is a new world out there and the worst of times calls for the best in all of us. Graduation marks the beginning of a new chapter in your life, you only live once, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Do what you feel passionate about and have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. When you have achieved your goals, reach back and pull someone else up. Don’t just aspire to make a living, instead be inspired to make a difference. Believe in yourself and persevere and stay committed to achieve your goals.

Recognise that there will be failures and acknowledge that there will be obstacles. But most importantly, learn from your mistakes as well as the mistakes of others. We do not need magic to change the world, we already carry all the power we need inside ourselves, so be true to yourself. Live well for the present and beyond.

No matter where you are from or where you live, no matter what limitations or obstacles you might be facing, when people tell you, you can’t, when things seem like they are not working out, when you begin to doubt yourself and when you need some inspiration and a guiding light, remember you will always have the support of your peers, fellow alumni and dedicated academics in Republic Polytechnic.

Congratulations to the graduating cohort of 2021!

 

Lim Kok Guan

Lim Kok Guan
Specialist Diploma in Healthy Ageing and
Community Care for Seniors
School of Sports, Health and Leisure