My academic journey was a challenging one as I had dropped out of two different schools at two different times due to health concerns. I had to spend five years trying and failing to get back into school, before finally managing to enrol into RP. My path took many different turns and took longer than most, and I often had to deal with those who questioned my decisions or doubted my capabilities. Looking back, I am proud of everything I achieved during my time at RP, academically and beyond. I am happy to be graduating with a Diploma in Game Design* (DGD), and am looking forward to my future.
*now known as Diploma in Design for Games and Gamification (DDGG)
I hope anyone reading this can take some comfort in knowing this: Self-care and being true to yourself is more important than rushing to a finish line that was never meant for you. Your journey may not look like your friend’s, or like the one your parents want for you. It may not look like mine. You take the best path for you, and define what would be your own success, in your own time. It is tough, but believe me, it gets better.
“You cannot, you cannot use someone else's fire. You can only use your own. And in order to do that, you must first be willing to believe that you have it.”
– Audre Lorde
I would also like to extend my deepest gratitude to the following people:
Mr Jerry Chua, Mr Loh Chi Yong, Mr Shaun Tay, Mr Jeff Hung, Mr Chin Yong Kian, Mr Dickson Teo, Mr Yandhie D. Pratopo, Ms Sheetha Lakshmanan, Ms Nuraisha Mohamad, Mr Desmond Hinkson, Mr Anthony Chong, Mr Xihui Ng, Ms Wendy Lee, Ms Michelle Seth-Langbein, and Ms Crystal Loh.
Thank you for all the opportunities and guidance you have given me. All of you have helped me make the best of my time, and have made the experience here truly worthwhile.