Chapter Head - London
Career J.P. Morgan
Education London School of Economics
Location London, Singapore
Since young, I have always been the student who works extremely hard for every examinations and fights tooth and nail for that glistening A. Whether it was for my Asian parents, or my own stubborn pride or a genuine passion for knowledge, results gradually became a focal point for my achievements and my pride. Till one day, when I received my disappointing A-level results, my world came down crashing.
To many, it seemed ludicrous that this will seem as a massive obstacle but to someone who has constantly enjoyed and demanded distinguishing results in academics, it was. I remember this fondly as a key moment in my life because I realized through it all that I wanted to be someone beyond what a paper represented. I wanted to prove my capabilities beyond the parlance of academics and I wanted to spend time and effort doing things that I find meaningful and purposeful. I wanted to be whole.
When I was conscripted into the military, I was denounced as a mere academic who, like many, only had the brains but not the brawns and fervor to succeed in the military. I kept faith within and pushed myself harder than anyone else during training, read up more than everyone else during recess and helped my comrades to the best that I could along the way. After 14 grueling months of training, I was one of 3 selected Commando Lieutenants to graduate with a Sword of Merit.
This transformation brought a better side of me as I became impassioned in my endeavors and sought to be a better version of myself every day. I started picking up hip hop classes and captained a Hip Hop crew in London, pioneered several national events for Singaporean handicapped youths, completed 2 Ultra-marathons with friends to raise funds for a charitable cause and founded a local cause that focused on empowering youths to make better decisions. Through it all, I knew clearly that I pursued all these opportunities because it was what I wanted to do and not had to.
Today, as I march onto a possible future with Investment Banking, I constantly remind myself that my success in Investment Banking can and should never be a verification of my own capabilities; rather, the verification of my capabilities should always come from within, internally.
I AM HAPPIEST WHEN...
I get to dance and perform on stage with a crew that has sweated tirelessly through the weeks with me and with a purposeful message that I believe in. Dancing to me, is fascinating truly because of how we use choreography as a platform to sing the song the way it means to us individually. It means so much to be able to grow a family within dance and it is so amazing to have the opportunity to perform something genuine and magical with this family. The 5 minutes on stage might be short-lived but it will always be one of the happiest moments in my life.