What are you doing now and what sparked your interest in IT?
I am currently pursing a PhD in Computer Science at NUS. My passion for computing surfaced after attending my first programming module in RP. I also participated in various competitions and projects during my time at RP, including developing a mobile game app. The advancements in technology that I was exposed to at RP drove my passion to explore computing more.
Describe your experience in RP
RP gave me many opportunities to explore my interests further. From competitions and interest groups, to value-added classes, my entire in-and out-of-class experience had been very enriching. For instance, in-class exposure included modules such as web development and programming, which allowed me to secure an internship outside of school curriculum during school break. This gave me real-world experience in web development and programming. For my Final-Year-Project, I worked with a team to develop a mobile game app (in collaboration with HDB) that won us the Singapore IT Federation Award (SITF) Silver. These experiences fueled my passion in computing even further.
How had your time in RP prepared you for further studies?
Attending lessons in RP was more than just learning from lecturers. We also learned from each other during discussions and presentations. The skills that I acquired at RP have constantly helped me achieve better results in school and work. Through Problem-based Learning, I was able to think beyond the content of lectures. Applying research skills to find solutions to problems is what I do now for my PhD.
What is your advice for students considering their post-secondary options?
RP is a great post-secondary option for anyone who wishes to explore their interests and discover their passion to determine a career path. Don’t just go through the classes and get a diploma at the end of 3 years. RP has so much more to offer in terms of self-development through value-added classes and CCAs, exposure through overseas study trips and internships as well as many other opportunities such as competitions, entrepreneurship, etc.