We first met Neoh Yi Xing last October when she was being coached by A-Levels physics lecturer Seow Yoke Hock in the Curie Lab for the Cambridge admissions interview.
When we met her again this week, it was to receive news that she had scored 4 straight As in the Edexcel A-Levels exam (3 A* in Biology, Chemistry, Maths; A in Physics) and that she had been accepted into the University of Cambridge to study Natural Sciences at Wolfson College.
Wolfson College is largely a postgraduate college (only about 15% are undergraduates) and Yi Xing is aiming for a career in research or academia upon graduation. Wolfson alumni include Malaysian architect Ken Yeang, Singapore DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Chinese billionairess Zhang Xin, and the daughter of Singapore philanthropist Lee Seng Tee (this connection has resulted in the benefaction of the Lee Seng Tee Library and the Lee Seng Tee Hall to Wolfson College).
Yi Xing is highly motivated in her quest for knowledge. In pursuit of her interest in stem cells, she obtained permission to visit the Stem Cell Research Lab at Universiti Putra Malaysia where she spent a week of full working days learning about the kinds of research being conducted there and being involved in some hands-on research herself. Her host there was a PhD student studying pomegranates as a cure for Alzheimer’s.
Yi Xing has a supportive brother Neoh Xiao Binn (her A-Levels senior at HELP) who believed she had the potential to enter a top university like Cambridge. His faith in Yi Xing has been realized.
Xiao Binn himself scored 4 straight As in A-Levels at HELP (3 A* in Physics, Maths, Further Maths; A in Chemistry). He is studying Civil Engineering at Imperial College London on a JPA scholarship.