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And the winners are...

Chrystal Chan taps four winners of this year’s Nanyang Alumni Awards for their nuggets of wisdom and wit

Tan Chade-Meng, 43
Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award
Jolly Good Fellow at Google and
New York Times best‑selling author

Congrats on your win! Tell us what you think of this award in 10.5 words.
Humbled they awarded me this even though I'm full of sh... (show)

You are funny, smart and successful. Tell us something about yourself that nobody knows.
I'm actually very good-looking, but you can't tell just by looking at me.

What’s a happy problem to you?
Too much good sushi. Yes, it happened to me once. The sushi was great, but the sushi chef kept serving us sushi, it was like climbing sushi Everest.

Dr Marcel Thom, 38
Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Partner and Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group


You’re well-versed in business strategy. How can this be applied to everyday life?
In business strategy, you have to combine long-term planning with short-term decision-making. This applies directly to everyday life. For example, preparing a merger and preparing a wedding are not that different!

What advice would you give to students who aspire to be like you?
It ain't over till it's over! Don't give up easily when things don't turn out the way you want them to. Always push ahead, because new opportunities will arise along the way.

Teo Shun Xie. 25
Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award
2014 Commonwealth Games Air Pistol Gold medallist


Since you have perfect aim, what are you shooting for next in life?
Time is always something I don’t have enough of. I hope to get more of it to spend with my loved ones.

What would you say is the best thing about shooting as a sport?
It helps you learn how to control your thoughts and emotions during stressful times.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learnt?
Hard work pays off eventually. You may be experiencing a thunderstorm now, but hang on, because you’ll see a rainbow soon.

Karen Wee, 28
Nanyang Alumni Service Award
TCM physician and founding Chairman of the NTU Chinese Medicine Alumni Association


Tell us the TCM cure for the Monday blues.
There is no direct cure for the Monday blues. It is all about your mindset and finding interest in your job.

What’s one problem you wish TCM could solve in a jiffy?
Age-related chronic illnesses, since we’re facing an ageing population that needs more care and attention. Growing old is inevitable, so wouldn't it be great if we could make this process more enjoyable, without any pain and suffering?