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My journey to becoming a global citizen

Rivik Paul, a second year BSc Economics and Finance student, shares his fulfilling journey at SIM

Written by Rivik Paul |

Current BSc Economics and Finance student, Rivik Paul (pictured left)
"I have had the privilege of partaking in a myriad of activities beyond anything I could have ever imagined."

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” 

These words by Robert Louis Stevenson are what I have aimed to live by since my freshman year in university, and it has indeed made my time memorable, eventful and full of unforgettable experiences.

I have had the privilege of partaking in a myriad of activities, exposing myself to cultural, social and political experiences beyond anything I could have ever imagined. 

I have travelled the world, represented the nation in international competitions, and given back to the community in my time at university. Here are some experiences that I would like to share.

National competitions

The privilege I have had to participate in various stock pitches, research competitions and case competitions have given me a leading edge in practical exposure to the corporate world. I will always remember the effort and hard work that have gone into these endeavours. 

With each nail-biting moment, I have learnt to work under pressure and truly shine as an individual and with my team. I have learnt to be both independent and successfully interdependent. I have learnt the true meaning of humility and ability through these experiences. 

Winning the championship title along with the best research report, and thereafter representing Singapore and our college at a large scale international competition (CFA Research Challenge) was no mean feat where we competed against teams from undergraduate and postgraduate levels (Masters/MBA) on a global stage. This journey to the final was made possible due to our perseverance, dedication and trust. 

Balancing internships, leadership commitments and academic work has also taught me the invaluable lesson of time management. What so many people take for granted has indeed proven to be the most precious. Through these experiences, I learnt that it is possible to juggle all of this with mental tenacity and strict discipline.

Rivik Paul pictured at LSE
"I was exposed to new and dynamic experiences, and encountered an amalgamation of cultures all at one university."

Leadership experiences

The opportunities I have had to lead a club and mentor juniors have been a humbling and fruitful experience for me. I have not only taught others, but also learnt a lot about myself in the process. 

As a leader, I stand firm in my belief that we can never stop growing. Indeed, I have grown a lot through my experiences in the SIM Economics Society. 

Additionally, I was also given the opportunity to mentor my juniors during my time in the Investment and Networking Club and was able to impact the lives of my peers as a Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) leader by sharing my knowledge on challenging Statistics 2 topics. 

Global exposure

One of my most memorable events was this summer, when I was fortunate to receive a scholarship to attend the summer programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

I was exposed to new and dynamic experiences, and encountered an amalgamation of cultures all at one university. I truly loved every aspect of my time there and have learnt from the global exposure that LSE provided me with. 

I made lifelong friends with different yet like-minded students across the world, and broadened my opinions on several issues through our sharing of unique perspectives. This has indeed been a rewarding and unforgettable experience. To top it off, it was heartening to know that I received a Distinction for my module. 

All in all, my experiences at SIM have given me an edge in being a global citizen and I continue to strive to better myself. The best is indeed yet to be.