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Alumni@RAS – Han Qing Chew

“Tell us briefly about your current job and company.”

I am serving my mandatory National Service to the Singapore Armed Forces.  This is for 1 year and 10 months, so I am nearly finished.  The days are long and going out on ship isn’t easy but you definitely feel accomplished afterward.  My status as a commissioned Naval Officer is what I desired and I worked hard to be selected for this vocation.

“If you are studying at university, tell us about your course/major and why you chose it?”

I have been accepted into Columbia University, New York, and will begin my studies in August of this year.  I will study Economics and Law.

“What is your favorite memory of Raffles American School?”

Relaxing with my peers in the Student Lounge and just getting to know them so much better.

“What were your favorite and least favorite subjects in school, and why?”

I didn’t have a least favorite but my favorite was definitely Economics.  I really love Economics.

“What extracurricular activities did you do?”

Tennis was my absolute favorite and I played that year-round.  I also joined Model United Nations and was Vice President of the Student Council.

“What was the best thing about your school?”

There are so many facets about RAS that are really well done but if I had to name one it would be that they always make positive changes for the benefit of the students.

“If you could travel back in time, what is the one thing that you would change when you were a student?”

I would have been more efficient in getting my school work completed so I could sleep more.  If you can learn to be organized, this is a huge benefit in High School.

“What advice would you give to current students of your alma mater?”

It would be to work hard and never stop believing in yourself.  If you have faith and belief in yourself, I think that is what is important in the end.

“What lessons did you learn in 2020?”

I learned that nothing worth achieving is easy.  2020 was a difficult year for everyone but being challenged in the military made me appreciate that working hard enables you to achieve great things.

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