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YUE YUN'S STORY: She wants to do well to support her family

Case worker Melissa Lee (left) and Pang Yue Yun.

Like her best friend and schoolmate Rosny Pooja, Pang Yue Yun, 16, has been living at Chen Su Lan Methodist Children's Home since primary school.

Yue Yun and her younger brothers, aged 13 and 15, have been living in the home for six years, due to family issues. She did not want to elaborate.

When asked if she is used to living at the home, she shrugged her shoulders.

She said: "I'm used to it because I've been here since I was young."

Two weeks ago, Yue Yun, a Normal (Technical) student at Serangoon Gardens Secondary School, emerged as one of the top N-level students in the school.

She scored 7 points for L1B3 (English and three best subjects).

The soft-spoken girl said: "I was a little sad with my maths grade because it's my favourite subject, but I'm very happy with my overall score."

She scored B for maths.

Yue Yun said she loves numbers and calculations, and is applying to do finance as her first choice at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE).

She also credits her friend Pooja for helping her.

She said: "I used to be very quiet and shy.

"To be honest, I used to be scared of Pooja, but after we became friends, I've become more talkative and daring."

And she has started making plans for her future.

She has been speaking to staff members in the finance department at the home and asking them about the industry.

"They told me that the first two years in banking and accountancy will be tough," she said.

Yue Yun also hopes to qualify for a polytechnic after graduating from ITE.

She said: "I want to make a better living so that I can support my family."

During weekend home leave, Yue Yun spends time with her mother, a coffee shop assistant, who lives in a two-room rental flat.

Miss Melissa Lee, 24, her case worker of two years, said: "She is well-liked by the staff and residents in the home. She is always there to lend a listening ear and helping hand to others in need.

"Since Secondary 2, she has been very consistent with her schoolwork and always surrounds herself with friends who motivate her to study."

Yue Yun admits that there were those who made fun of her for being studious, but she brushed them off.

"It's their future anyway," she said.