Winning against the odds

From indifference to ambition

When she was 16, Ms Tiffany Abrial Pereire's father and paternal grandmother died. "It really affected me, two funerals in the span of two weeks," said the Republic Polytechnic graduate.
When she was 16, Ms Tiffany Abrial Pereira's father and paternal grandmother died. "It really affected me, two funerals in the span of two weeks," said the Republic Polytechnic graduate.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

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.

When Tiffany Abrial Pereira was 16, her father died of a leg infection and her paternal grandmother died soon after too.

"It really affected me, two funerals in the span of two weeks," said Ms Pereira, now 19, who added that her father's death was the most difficult time of her life.

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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 'From indifference to ambition'. Print Edition | Subscribe