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Nursing student's struggle to get into course pays off

A student's struggle to get into the course of her dreams has finally paid off -- Geraldine Soo won the gold medal for her outstanding performance after attending the Health Sciences (Nursing) course at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

SINGAPORE: A student's struggle to get into the course of her dreams has finally paid off -- Geraldine Soo won the gold medal for her outstanding performance after attending the Health Sciences (Nursing) course at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

She also won two other awards -- the SingHealth Gold Medal & Prize and the National University Hospital Prize.

Her journey was not easy -- she was rejected not once, but four times before finally entering the polytechnic.

Geraldine left her job as an enrolled nurse four years ago to pursue a Higher Nitec education at Institute of Technical Education.

In the meantime, she continued to apply to the polytechnic.

She admits feeling devastated after each rejection, but her strong passion for nursing spurred her on.

From May 26 to 30, she and over 5,000 students will be receiving their diplomas from Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

With three awards and a job in the bag, Geraldine said her success would not have been possible without the support of her lecturers.

She added: "Initially it was quite tough for me because I lost touch with my school stuff. I'm thankful that all the lecturers from Ngee Ann Poly and my ITE lecturers actually helped me throughout the way by guiding me and ensuring that I understood everything they taught.

"And whenever I have any problems or doubts in my school work, they were there for me and I could always consult them any time."

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