Generation Grit: Orphan overcomes hurdles to pursue dreams

By the time he turned 19, Mr Lim Bo Zhi had lost both his parents, which left him homeless and nearly penniless. But he did not give up hope and is now on the path to becoming a computer engineer. This is his story, in a series by The Straits Times about inspiring millennials.

By the time he turned 19, Mr Lim Bo Zhi had witnessed the death of both his parents – one to suicide and the other to illness. With help, he stayed focused and is now a scholarship recipient at Nanyang Technological University.

SINGAPORE - He was 10 years old when his mother showed him her cut wrists, gave him a pen knife and asked him to do the same to his.

"I didn't know what to do. I was very scared, so I started crying," said Mr Lim Bo Zhi, now 24.

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