Winning against the odds: 5 polytechnic graduates who pressed on despite adversity
Over two weeks until Thursday, more than 25,000 students are graduating from the five polytechnics. The Straits Times speaks to a graduate from each poly to find out how they pressed on despite obstacles.
Mr Dominic Li's warm and good-natured personality betrays little about the struggles he experienced in his earlier years.
When he was four, his mother left the family. He and his older sister were sent to live with different relatives, after their father turned to drinking and gambling. These took a toll on him as a child.
"I was emotionally unstable back then. I always questioned myself, 'Why don't I have a mum? How come other people have their families?'" said the 33-year-old.