Winning against the odds

Autism doesn't slow her down

Over two weeks until Thursday, more than 25,000 students are graduating from the five polytechnics. The Straits Times speaks to a graduate from each poly to find out how they pressed on despite obstacles.

While initially disappointed at not being accepted for medicine, Ngee Ann Polytechnic graduate Andrea Chua now says there are "different ways to contribute to the field of medicine, such as through research".
While initially disappointed at not being accepted for medicine, Ngee Ann Polytechnic graduate Andrea Chua now says there are "different ways to contribute to the field of medicine, such as through research".ST PHOTO: LEE JIA WEN

Autism has not stopped Miss Andrea Chua from pursuing her dream of working in the medical field.

The 20-year-old will graduate from Ngee Ann Polytechnic's School of Life Sciences and Chemical Technology on Wednesday with a diploma in biomedical science. She will graduate with a silver medal, meaning she is in the top 5 per cent of her cohort.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 07, 2018, with the headline 'Autism doesn't slow her down'. Subscribe