Our heartiest congratulations to Justin Liu, our third-year business and economics student. Together with teammate Denise Lim, they clinched gold at the Nacra 17 event at the Qingdao leg of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) World Cup. They are the first Singaporeans to win at a World Cup event in the sport.
In so doing, they have qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Despite having to train intensively and travel for competitions, Justin made it on to the Dean’s List at the Business School twice. The Dean’s List is a roll of honour to acknowledge the top five percent of each year’s cohort for academic excellence.
Asked how he manages to be both a sailor and a scholar, Justin said: “I have been really lucky and fortunate to be in NUS Business School because they really look after the holistic development of students. For example, I’ve had no trouble applying for leave from the School, and the professors have been extremely supportive and helpful with coursework when I have had problems. The support system is very important in order to do well.”
On a personal note, Justin reflected, “I find that because I have less time to study, I am more productive. I have no time to procrastinate or get distracted. I try to study a bit when I am overseas but to be honest, that’s really hard, especially during competitions. I’ve gradually become better at learning how to study smarter and managing my time.”
Singapore National Olympic Council President Tan Chuan-Jin has congratulated the duo on his Facebook.
We wish you all the best for the Olympics, Justin and Denise.
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