SINDA Excellence Awards 2017

25-year old Vanessa Zavir is a true example of not giving up till you make your dream a reality.

Vanessa has always aspired to read law but her A-Level results in 2010 did not qualify her to do so at a local university. In 2014, at her mother’s suggestion, Vanessa enrolled in the Diploma in Law and Management course at Temasek Polytechnic. At polytechnic, Vanessa was much older than her course mates, and she was very conscious of this. But she did not let her apprehension get in her way. Instead, she studied hard, made it to the Director’s List at Temasek Poly, and graduated top of her class last year. Today, she is a law undergraduate at the National University of Singapore and recently received the SINDA Excellence Award in the polytechnic category! Not being able to go down the traditional path did not stop her. Instead, she charted a different path towards her goal.

“Getting this award and being recognised for all my hard work is surely an encouragement to carry on scaling greater heights and not just stop with my accomplishments thus far. I consider this a stepping stone to even greater success.”