On my journey to the Institute of Technical Education(ITE) College East, I cannot help but to look at the beautiful scenery along the journey and wonder how will the drawing lesson turn out later on, will the students ignore me and carry on with their own stuffs or will they listen attentively like the last class I have before. Yes, this is not the first time that I am carrying out a drawing lesson in ITE College East, but I cannot help but to feel excited for the reason that will be released later in this blog entry.
Before I proceed further, I would like to ask you a question.What first comes to your mind when you think of ITE? Is it a bunch of students who do not like to study? Or perhaps they are the trouble-makers of our society? Nonetheless, I hope you can have fresh and new perspectives of the ITE at the end of this blog entry.
It sure gives off a familiar vibe as I once again stepped foot into the ITE.
The first impression sure does seem good, doesn’t it? That’s right; these students here look just like our Polytechnic and University students. I sincerely hope that the members of the public out there will not despise them just because they are from ITE. Yes, it might be true that they are not so academically gifted, however, they are not giving up and willing to equip themselves with an essential skill to provide themselves with a living in the future.
If I were to describe these students, I would say that they behave like a ‘Porcupine’. Just like a porcupine which will flare it sharp needle-like quills when it is in an unfamiliar environment, when I first enter the class, some of them instantly start to tease me and such. However, as I progressed on with the class and show them that I accept them for who they are and I do not differentiate them from the others, they start to pull back their ‘quills’ and listened attentively to my lesson.
Just take a look at some of the success stories from ITE, we have our famous local footballer, Fandi Ahmad that studied at the Singapore Vocational Institute (Previous name of ITE) as well as the former Mediacorp actor, Vincent Ng that now has his own WuShu school that has won numerous gold medals from local and international competition.
However, those were not the success stories that I told those students. The story that I told them goes like this. “There is a boy who was once from the ITE, but he is willing to work hard and not give up. Today, he is a beautician that owns 4 skincare salons, a tour guide that have his own travelling company as well as an art studio for his caricature company. ITE is not its The End; it is only truly the end when you give up on yourself. I am the best example to justify that so long you are willing to work hard, you will make it because I am the boy from the story.”
Using a famous movie line by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie ‘Terminator’, “I will be back”. I will continue to return to the ITE and inspire even more students whom will be the next ITE success story and the pride of Singapore.