Winning against the odds

Watching over dying mum amid final-year project

Ms Mahsuri Minhat, who graduated from Temasek Polytechnic with a diploma in apparel design and merchandising, became interested in fashion because of her mother, a housewife who loved to sew. Her mother suffered from breast cancer and died when Ms Ma
Ms Mahsuri Minhat, who graduated from Temasek Polytechnic with a diploma in apparel design and merchandising, became interested in fashion because of her mother, a housewife who loved to sew. Her mother suffered from breast cancer and died when Ms Mahsuri was in her final year.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.

Three months ago, Ms Mahsuri Minhat was working towards finishing her final-year fashion project at Temasek Polytechnic.

She was doing one of the hardest things in her life at the same time - watching her mother die.

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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 'Watching over dying mum amid final-year project'. Print Edition | Subscribe