Alvin Tan Sheng Hui 陈圣辉
He later revealed that he was not qualified to study at any of the local universities.
1. He is humble.
In response to his alma mater’s request to be Guest of Honour for National Day Service in 2019, he replied, “Surely not, sir! I did so poorly here. There are surely many others more qualified than me.”
2. His philosophy is that it is fine to wander and explore to discover your strengths and weaknesses.
3. In his opinion, failing is okay. Don't give up, just keep trying!
4. Even when you think no one is watching, he believes in being faithful in the little things.
In his own words, “The short answer was that I picked the balls. I picked the balls up after every training session, I cleaned the courts and locked the balls up in the cage long after most of the team had left.” Unbeknownst to me, my tennis teacher Mrs Roberta Tan and my seniors noticed from afar, and they thought that I could be counted on.
5. Our forefathers' toils inspire Alvin Tan.
In his own words, “Our forefathers toiled. Many worked hard under the hot sun, and in unsafe working conditions often with little pay or prospect. Many had difficulty making ends meet in the early days. Yet they never shirked from working hard to make a living. In Chinatown, we still have a small number of majie and Samsui women now in their 90s who worked as construction workers and maidservants in the 1920 – 1940s. They would tell me stories and show me their hands.”