You could say that Mr Joey Chang, 24, is an accomplished student.
He just completed a diploma in electrical engineering wth eco-design at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) with a near-perfect GPA of 3.96 and he is also captain of the school's dragon boat team.
For his efforts, Mr Chang will be receiving the Ngee Ann Kongsi All-Rounder Award tomorrow.
Committing to the sport while keeping his grades healthy was challenging, he admitted.
"We trained six days a week. And by the time I arrived home, it was usually already midnight and I was exhausted," Mr Chang said.
Despite his fatigue, he forced himself to stay up to study. He was so motivated to do well that he bought books outside of the compulsory reading list, which had been recommended by his lecturers.
When asked what kept him going, Mr Chang said it was his passion for electrical engineering. He aspires to develop electrical devices that promote sustainable energy use.
He added: "Part of this interest is sparked by my NYP lecturers who make the lessons so interesting and exciting. Their passion inspires me to be a world-class engineer."
This article was first published on May 14, 2015.
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