Alvin Wang, a different kind of appeal.

In the last 2 days, there have been a hype towards Alvin Wang, a poly graduate who was rejected into his selected course in NUS, and he created a website which caused a lot of buzz amongst the netizen:

Awesome stuff. Makes one wonder, what were you doing when you were 20 years old? Because of the buzz on the website, he was offered 10 job offers according to TODAYOnline. If you dig deeper, he has also built quite a few websites. Amazing guy.

Shall go back and work on my exams!

Excerpt from TODAYOnline

SINGAPORE – It was never his intention to become an overnight Internet sensation.But that is exactly what happened when polytechnic graduate Alvin Wang (picture) showed his friends the website he created as an online appeal for entry into the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Computer Science programme.

Mr Wang, 22, had posted the link to his website, which showcased his final-year polytechnic project, on his Facebook page and Twitter account at 8pm on Thursday night. In less than 24 hours, his website garnered 8,000 “likes” and has been trending on the Internet.

The Ngee Ann Polytechnic graduate, who holds a Diploma with merit in Information Technology, has also received at least 10 job interview requests from companies, ranging from start-ups to international firms.

In his website, Mr Wang said his application to pursue a degree in Computer Science was rejected. Urging netizens to help him with his appeal by “giving me a thumbs up and sharing this page”, Mr Wang outlined his interest in programming and said: “I am starving for this opportunity.”

Mr Wang, who was instead offered a course in Information Systems at NUS, is hoping to use this website as part of his official appeal to the university. The official appeal calls for students to send in a write-up, of up to 1,000-words, stating the reasons for their appeal.

Speaking to Today, Mr Wang said: “What started off as something fun has opened up more options and provided me with more insights about my future.”

Members of the public, including Computer Science graduates, have given advice and well-wishes. Many told him that he can still gain a footing in the computer industry as skills can be learnt on the job while others professed their admiration for his spirit to act on a problem.

Mr Wang, who does not intend to enrol in university should he fail in this appeal, said: “To me, it is not so much about just grades or getting that paper qualification. If I simply enrol into any other course, I am not sure how that will benefit me.”

“I know what I want to do; which is to be involved in work related to programming and design. I believe that getting a degree is not all it takes to succeed. There are options out there,” he stressed.

Mr Wang is not wrong, it seems.

Two employers, who have expressed interest in hiring Mr Wang, said with or without a degree, he stood out from the rest.

Instead of using social media to simply gather “Likes”, “Alvin managed to speak from his heart and this is why he caught everybody’s attention”, said Mr Stefano Virgilli, director of visual media communications company VoxLab.

With the number of graduates increasing worldwide, Mr Virgilli added that the “only way to stand out will be to demonstrate brilliant creativity (and) Alvin did so”.

Mr Daylon Soh, founder of CuriousCore, a local start-up in the creative industry, said: “Even without a degree, he already has a commercial portfolio of clients. His appeal clearly shows that he is passionate about his craft.”

Still, there are detractors who feel Mr Wang’s actions were uncalled for. Some netizens critisised his “childish” ways to seek attention while others questioned his tactics to “ride on the influence of social media”.

In response to Today’s queries, NUS said admission is based “on academic merit and open competition among the applicant cohort”. Applicants’ academic and non-academic strengths are evaluated “to ascertain whether they are suitable for the courses they have applied to”.

Last year, 370 were students admitted into the school of computing, which includes computer science and information systems courses.

The spokesperson said the number of polytechnic graduates admitted depends on the applicant pool and suggested Mr Wang submit an official appeal between May 23 and June 3.


3 thoughts on “Alvin Wang, a different kind of appeal.

  1. NUS IS student says:

    U are helping the wrong person. He got a course in the same faculty and yet he hiam the course. He deserve to be rejected from the comp sci course.

    • Jacky says:

      Hi there! Thanks for the comment. Well, a lot of people seemed to be helping him like Todayonline and Sgentrepreneurs. If you look at my post again, you’ll find that my point of the post completely lies in “Makes one wonder, what were you doing when you were 20 years old?”, and that is just a small reflection on my side. 🙂

  2. Maria says:

    The first commenter is wrong. Why settle for second best when you can/ and should have the best? If everyone had this mentality in life, the world would never improve, new breakthroughs would have never been forged. Many people who get offered a ‘second best’ choice would just simply suck it up and accept it. It takes TRUE courage to stand up for what you want. And that itself is one in a hundred.

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