When Divesh Singaraju was 17, he stepped inside the cockpit of a SilkAir aircraft, a strictly no-entry zone for most people. But he was no ordinary child then. That visit was his wish granted under the Make A Wish Foundation, which aims to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their human experience with hope, strength and joy. Divesh was then a cancer victim.
The visit strengthened his desire to take up an aeronautical related course after his GCE ‘O’ Level examinations. He qualified for his first choice course, Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering in SP, but his cancer cells resurfaced and he was forced to delay his studies.
Divesh started his diploma course one year later. But from the word go, there was no turning back for him to get the best out of his SP journey. He worked hard on his modules and participated in more co-curricular activities than your average healthy student. On top of being a class leader, he was an organising member of the SP Engineering Show 2013 and the Youth Model ASEAN Conference.
He did six-weeks of industrial training with an aeronautical company in China and participated in a leadership camp in Indonesia under the SP Outstanding Talent Programme. He was in Cambodia for a community service programme where he taught English to village orphans and helped to build a home for a needy family. Today, Divesh is standing tall and proud with all that he has accomplished, and is furthering his studies in Imperial College London.