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Movers, shakers and go-getters

Everyone’s a winner in NTU’s Class of 2017. HEY! salutes the many talents in our midst here

Never say never award”

Hafizah Beevi

English

  • Hafizah Beevi holding a graduation cap prop
  • Hafizah Beevi
  • Hafizah Beevi
PHOTOS: MARK TEO

Third time’s a charm for English graduate Hafizah, who took her A-level examinations three times so that she could enter NTU.

“Despite being a science student since secondary school, I switched to humanities after I failed the A levels for the second time. I took H2 English literature and Tamil literature for the first time in my schooling life and discovered my passion in the process. After that, it was a natural decision to study English in NTU.”

Hafizah made the most of her university days. She held leadership positions in both the Tamil Literary Society and the Muslim Society. To expand her horizons, she joined NTU’s branch of Model United Nations to learn about diplomacy and international relations, and Perspectives Film Festival, where students organise a film festival from start to finish. She also co-founded the volunteering wing under the NTU United Nations Student Association and was a student ambassador for the humanities school.

“My favourite memory of NTU is the time I went on stage as an alien for a Tamil Literary Society drama production!” she jokes.

While waiting to enter NTU’s National Institute of Education for her postgraduate studies, Hafizah teaches English and literature in a secondary school.

“I am the first university graduate in my extended family and I have finally achieved my dream of becoming a teacher. I hope to inspire my students to keep working on their dreams, so they can achieve them too.”