Winning against the odds

He's over a decade older than coursemates

Mr Dominic Li is one of the top eight graduates from Singapore Polytechnic.
Mr Dominic Li is one of the top eight graduates from Singapore Polytechnic.ST PHOTO: SYAMIL SAPARI

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.

Mr Dominic Li's warm and good-natured personality betrays little about the struggles he experienced in his earlier years.

When he was four, his mother left the family. He and his older sister were sent to live with different relatives, after their father turned to drinking and gambling. These took a toll on him as a child.

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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 'He's over a decade older than coursemates'. Print Edition | Subscribe