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As a graduate from the Singapore Management University (SMU), Naresh Vijayakumaran has definitely come a long way from his early days at ITE Bukit Batok.
After earning a NITEC in Electronics, Naresh went on to attain a Diploma in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) before graduating from SMU with a Bachelor of Science degree.
The road to success was a long and winding one. The negative perceptions of ITE students were stumbling blocks to Naresh initially; even his parents held the strong stigma that there is a virtual hopelessness for ITE students.
However, Naresh was not discouraged; he became more motivated by a hungry desire to become a university graduate. This belief ensured that he finished his ITE education in 2 years instead of 4, and he went on to pursue his Diploma at NP.
"I have failed many times in life", said Naresh matter-of-factly when he spoke to CW recently. "But it is through those failures that moulded me to be a positive person with determination, courage, perseverance and resilience to keep trying and giving my best. I was also surrounded by a group of people who pushed and encouraged me."
Naresh was actively involved in the arts festivals as an SMU undergraduate. But his foundation in the arts was already sealed in the earlier days. He started off as a performer in Hong Kah Secondary School and NP, but found his groove working behind the scenes specifically in stage and sound production.
That passion led him to his current position as an Arts Manager at SMU, where he manages the arts clubs, and also imparts important life skills such as character and leadership development.
Naresh believes in making a difference to the people around him. He gives talks, facilitates discussions, mentors and shares life lessons with secondary school and tertiary students.
He also currently sits on the School Advisory Committee of his alma mater, Hong Kah Secondary School.
"I was once in their shoes, so I believe the students there can relate to me better," added Naresh. "I want to impart values, and change their perspectives on career, studies and relationships."
Naresh's next personal aim is to do his Masters programme within the next five years.
Last Updated: 05-May-2015 12:21:46
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