Overcoming adversity


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Zi Heng giving his speech as Valedictorian during NUS Commencement 2017


Science alumnus WONG Zi Heng has achieved much more in his four years as an undergraduate than most, and he did it all while being paralysed in most parts of his body. On 9 July 2017, Zi Heng received his Bachelor of Science (Physics) degree with a Minor in Nanoscience as Valedictorian, proof that he stared down the face of adversity, and won. He is now pursuing a postgraduate diploma in education.


He hopes his story will encourage others to work hard to achieve their goals and face life with the same positivity. “I hope that my experiences can continue to inspire more people and through remaining an active citizen, I can continue to contribute to the future of our nation. I also hope that through my interaction with the community, people get to be more aware about the disabled and our society becomes a more inclusive one,” he said.


Zi Heng is featured in The Straits Times' Generation Grit: Paralysed at 21, his will to live was unwavering.


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