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  • Editor's Note

    Torchbearer – Passing the Baton

    What a ride! It has already been ten years as an Alumni volunteer and as Editor of the Newsletter Group for the past five...

    Editor's Note

    Torchbearer – Passing the Baton

    What a ride! It has already been 10 years as an alumni volunteer and as Editor of the Newsletter Group for the past five. The experience has been enriching and fulfilling. I decided finally to hand the baton of editorship over to my fellow member, Dennis Tan. I am sure he will lead the group to greater moments of alumni outreach through the newsletter.

    The torch of penmanship is central to alumni fellowship. The stories, events and news from the university through its alumni and students are the flames, so to speak. The voice of “Head”, “Heart” and “Habit” roaring through the torch is fundamental to keeping the values of our university brightly lit.

    Thank you for the road trip I journeyed with the members of the editorial group and the buck is now passed to the new torchbearer!

    “Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow.” Macbeth, William Shakespeare

    Gregory Athastaraj Francis Editor

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSs

    Advisor
    Choong Fong Ling
    Director, Communications & Marketing
    Editor
    Gregory Athastaraj Francis
    Members
    • Ambrose Tay
    • CharlesLee
    • Chua Lu Yen
    • Christian Jasmine
    • Daniel Koh
    • Dennis Tan
    • Jane Lee
    • Janet Yong
    • Jocelyn Huang
    • Lee Siew Kuan
    • Li Shiwei
    • Lim Qiu Ping
    • Ng Pui Ling
    • Tan Seow Heang
    • Wu Yan Ping
    • Ambrose Tay
    • CharlesLee
    • Chua Lu Yen
    • Christian Jasmine
    • Daniel Koh
    • Dennis Tan
    • Jane Lee
    • Janet Yong
    • Jocelyn Huang
    • Lee Siew Kuan
    • Li Shiwei
    • Lim Qiu Ping
    • Ng Pui Ling
    • Tan Seow Heang
    • Wu Yan Ping
  • Upcoming Events

    • 24 Nov Bring a Smile to Their Faces: A Volunteering Event
    • 17 Nov Fun with Calligraphy
    • 3 Nov Data Analytics Workshop
  • Alumni Happenings

  • The Heart of Learning

    Chapter 1:

    Why We Do What We Do

    Leong Thin Yin and Cheah Horn Mun
  • University Developments

    • 27 Jul Celebrating the new School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences
    • 5 Jul Signing of MOU with National University of Laos
    • 14 Jun Renaming of SASS to School of Humanities and Behavioural Sciences
    • 4 Jun Establishment of the Justice Choor Singh Study Award
  • Special Deals

  • Director's Desk

    The Habit of Lifelong Learning

    We are already well into Q1 of 2018 and it’s timely to start taking stock of how well we had stuck to our new year resolutions, many of which…

    Director's Desk

    The Habit of Lifelong Learning

    We are already well into Q1 of 2018 and it’s timely to start taking stock of how well we had stuck to our new year resolutions, many of which we eagerly made and enthusiastically committed to adhere to at the beginning of the year.

    Herein lies the important question: How do we make our commitments stick? Well, the answer may just lie in our ability to make something that we want to achieve “habit-forming”. And of course, the next question would be “How do we form habits?” What you repeatedly do, will overtime become habit-forming. “Easier said than done!” I already hear this statement coming from many of us. And I guess it’s true. But in today’s world of rapid disruptions in so many areas of our life, can we afford not to form new habits and continue learning to keep up with the times?

    Starting the habit of lifelong learning need not be a formidable and daunting task. Perhaps, all it needs is for us to start small. I would like to suggest the PAR approach, to start us on the journey and hopefully make our habits stick.
    First, we need to find our passion (P). What is it that we enjoy learning? Doing something that you enjoy will be a strong motivator and keeps you interested in picking up the new skill or knowledge. It can be a hobby or a work or health topic that you want to explore further.

    Next, we need to take action (A). Finding your passion but not following up on it will not get you into the learning groove. See if you can integrate learning into your daily life somehow. Or perhaps, even set aside a specific time in the day/week to pick up the skill/knowledge that you are passionate to acquire. Can

    you do it while you are commuting to work, setting aside an hour after dinner or…? What is important is to establish a routine for it to be habit-forming.
    And finally, set yourself a reward (R). This will keep you going during those times when you may be thinking of giving up due to demands at work, personal and family commitments, etc. Focusing on the ultimate reward will hopefully keep us moving forward to reach our goal.

    Once we get into the habit of learning something new continuously, we are already on our lifelong learning journey. And to borrow some golfing lingo to help remind us on how to get there, “It’s just PAR for the course.” ☺

    Best Regards, Evelyn Chong Director, Office of Student and Alumni Relations