“I had to drop out of law school in my second term. I really enjoyed studying law – my goal was always to do forensics – but the fees were exorbitant and I was forced to quit after failing to get a loan that I’d applied for.
I didn’t know what to do after that, so I took a two-year break and worked at a friend’s boutique selling customised leather boots. Working at the shop made me discover my passion for fashion. I like sketching, sewing and constructing my own dresses, so I decided to pursue a Diploma in Fashion Design.
I wouldn’t say there was a goal in mind when I decided to study fashion. I’m too free-spirited, I guess. I studied fashion purely out of interest, and my goal was to learn – that’s it. I did start a collection called Gypsol after graduating, but I didn’t really put my heart and soul into making it a financial success.
What am I doing now? Well, I’m working at The Black Hole Group, which manages a number of cafés and a hostel. I love to travel and was looking for a part-time job at a hostel, and that’s when I discovered a job opening here. I was supposed to start as a receptionist, but when they offered an accounts and admin role, I took it up.
There were papers everywhere when I first started! It really triggered my obsessive compulsive disorder. In sewing, I have to make sure that each paper template is in the right folder, so now I have to apply the same level of organisation when I’m doing accounts too.
Yes, I do love what I’m doing here, so much so that I’m pursuing my Diploma in Accounting right now. I wouldn’t say it’s necessary; my bosses didn’t make me do it or anything. I did it willingly hoping that I would gain something and contribute to the company somehow.
Thinking about it, I guess I can see why you think my choices in life so far sound like every parent’s nightmare (laughs). I do think most Singaporeans are pretty one dimensional when it comes to defining a successful life.
You’re supposed to get good grades and then get a good job. It’s rarely about finding yourself and figuring out what works and what doesn’t. We’re forced into life, somehow.
Advice? I’m not sure I have any, but if you do find yourself going down the same path I did, just keep on going because it keeps getting better.” – Lulu, 24
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