Student Success Stories


Piragathesh S/O Subramanian

Diploma In Biomedical Sciences

School of Applied Science
2013 Graduate

Currently pursuing Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (Double major in Neuroscience and Behaviour & Pre-Medicine with minor in Human Rights) at Columbia University

Why did you choose to pursue a Diploma In Biomedical Science?

From an early age, I have been fascinated by the functions of the human body. Its complex combination of systems spurred my passion for science but it was RP that first gave me the opportunity to face real-world problems in the medical field.

How would you describe your experience at RP?

I enjoyed learning how to handle challenges and difficult situations, as well as the importance of perseverance and how to go the extra mile to attain my goals.

In particular, I appreciated how Problem-based Learning encouraged me to identify new solutions for current medical conditions. I was also fortunate to be given the opportunity to undertake internships at both the National University Hospital Surgical Centre and Genome Institute of Singapore.

There are many opportunities for individuals to excel and be recognised for their hard work at RP. For my efforts, I was awarded the A*Star Polytechnic Science Award/Scholarship, and the Board of Governors Gold Medal for Most Outstanding Graduate of the Year.

How has your time at RP prepared you for further studies?

I am enrolled in a nine-year MD/PhD program at Columbia University, and have since carried out medical protocols quicker than my peers there because I had already been exposed to them at RP. My experience in real research environments is also very useful to what I am doing now.

What is your advice for students considering their post-secondary options?

Do not be afraid to reach for your goals. Failures along the way only bring you closer to what you want to achieve. If you are passionate about something, go for it – I did, and I am breaking boundaries now!


Nicole Wong Zhen Qiong

Diploma In Customer Experience Management with Business

School of Hospitality
2015 Graduate

Currently working as a Guest Relations Officer at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

What are you doing now and what are your future plans?

I am currently a Guest Relations Officer at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore and will participate in this year’s Amicale International des Sous-Directeurs at Chef de Reception des Grands Hotels (AICR) Receptionist of the Year competition. One day, I hope to become a Hotel Manager or General Manager in the hospitality industry.

Why did you choose the course you pursued?

I debated for a long time whether to pursue a nursing or hospitality course. After speaking to my mom, she helped me weigh out the pros and cons of each industry. Eventually, I decided to pursue hospitality as I love interacting with people, and I have not looked back!

What did you enjoy most about Problem-based learning?

I liked working with teammates to think through and solve real problems. Regular teamwork taught me how to accommodate others’ opinions. This is very important for any industry.

How have the opportunities provided by RP enhanced your learning?

It was great to take part in learning trips outside the classroom. Sometimes we were asked to conduct surveys with tourists and local residents. This really helped us to break out of our comfort zone and encouraged us to be more open, confident individuals.

Describe your internship experience and how this has prepared you for work.

I interned at The American Club and was assigned to concierge duties. It was a challenging but rewarding role! I learnt so many things along the way, including how to be stronger, firmer and how to say ‘no’ when needed. Once I had immersed myself in this role, I realised I was on the right path.

What is one advice you would give students considering post-secondary options?

If you have harboured a passion for something from a very young age (like I did), JUST DO IT! You may regret not doing the things you want to. If you make a wrong turn, you can still learn from your mistakes and move on to achieve your dreams.