35 Tamara Lim

Pre­par­ing For the Fu­ture

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An Ox­ford grad­u­ate with a back­ground in en­gi­neer­ing and ma­te­ri­als sci­ence, Tamara Lim for four years lived the en­gi­neer’s dream, go­ing through he­li­copter crash sim­u­la­tions for off­shore train­ing in the cold North Sea and even scal­ing 50m col­umns. It’s not too out­landish to won­der how she came to found Prep­works, an ed­u­ca­tion com­pany run by Ivy League and Ox­ford grad­u­ates that spe­cialises in pre­par­ing Malaysian stu­dents in their ap­pli­ca­tions to top board­ing schools and uni­ver­si­ties over­seas.

“Tu­tor­ing a few stu­dents as a hobby, I re­alised there was a grow­ing need for this kind of ser­vice in Malaysia,” she shares. “The more per­sonal state­ments I read, the more I was con­vinced that I could make a dif­fer­ence to stu­dents out there.”

Get­ting into pres­ti­gious schools only gets more com­pet­i­tive as the years pass, but Prep­works aims to change the game by giv­ing its stu­dents an edge, pro­vid­ing them with an in­for­ma­tional and prepa­ra­tional ad­van­tage thanks to its ex­pe­ri­enced tu­tors.

Tamara looks for­ward to the day that Malaysian uni­ver­si­ties achieve global rank­ing again so stu­dents don’t have to leave the coun­try in or­der to have bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties. She also ex­presses the de­sire to pre­pare the younger gen­er­a­tion with the es­sen­tial skills they need to face an un­cer­tain yet ex­cit­ing fu­ture. “Malaysia’s fu­ture is in their hands, and I hope they make of it some­thing bet­ter than we did. Stay hum­ble, keep learn­ing, and un­der­stand that only through chal­lenges do we re­ally grow as a per­son.”

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