National swimmer Christie Chue to live out American dream

National swimmer thought chance had gone when 'shock' Florida uni offer arrives via IG

Christie Chue after winning the 200m breaststroke at last year's SEA Games in the Philippines. Pursuing her degree at Florida International University in the US appeals to the 20-year-old, as her friends have told her there is a better balance betwee
Christie Chue after winning the 200m breaststroke at last year's SEA Games in the Philippines. Pursuing her degree at Florida International University in the US appeals to the 20-year-old, as her friends have told her there is a better balance between training and studying.PHOTO: SNOC

Two months ago, national swimmer Christie Chue received a direct message on Instagram from Florida International University inviting her to further her studies and train there. Her immediate thought was: "Is this a scam?"

The first thing she did was to show her mum the message and ask if it was real, before verifying that it was when she checked the Instagram account and the college's website.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2020, with the headline 'Chue to live out American dream'. Print Edition | Subscribe