I can’t believe I’m almost in my penultimate year– the last three years have flown by. Everyone always warns you of that in the beginning, but it’s important to keep in mind as you move through your time in university – this is such a definite, short amount of time in which to make mistakes, have tons of fun, explore, learn, enjoy, challenge yourself and most importantly, grow as a person.
Not only has learning about the law helped me to broaden my horizons, it has also changed the way I perceive things. One of the most memorable experiences in Law School for me was the work that I did at the Legal Aid Bureau (“LAB”). Hiring a lawyer can be quite expensive in Singapore and there are many Singaporeans who are unable to do so. This is where the LAB comes in, by dispensing free legal aid to applicants who met the necessary requirements. For the 2 months I was there, it made me realize the tremendous impact that lawyers can have in order to try and better our society.
Raymond receiving his certificate of participation in SNCF’s internship programme from CEO, Mrs Dolly Goh
Taking up the co-operative scholarship has also exposed me to the ever-growing co-operative movement in Singapore. As a SNCF scholar, I am proud to have spearheaded, as well as, participated in numerous projects in order to raise awareness about cooperatives in Singapore. In 2014, I was part of the team that spearheaded the inaugural SCOOP trail – which is similar to the amazing race concept where teams raced around Singapore and had to complete different stations, whilst learning about co-operatives, in the shortest possible amount of time. The SCOOP trail was organized for the youths of Singapore and after the race, the participants were invited to join other members of the different co-operatives in Singapore at Sentosa for a carnival event which was branded as “come-together-as-one”.
Whatever endeavors you may choose to undertake in the coming future, I sincerely hope that you can continue to believe in your abilities to make a difference to the world. Every small effort counts and no matter how bleak things may seem, always remember that there will always be light at the end of the tunnel.
About the Author
My name is Lee Keng Boon or sometimes my friends call me Raymond. I am currently studying in NUS Law and will graduate in 2017. I like going to the gym and eating.