Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Meet the students behind NYP Open House 2012


(From left to right: Aaron, Winsome and Richmond)

You can’t see an experience. That’s why at NYP Open House, we’ve got plenty of our students on hand to share their experiences with you.  These students will be on hand during the next three days of Open House (5-7 January) to make our visitors feel right at home and show them what the NYP Experience is about.

One of the toughest things about going to a new school is trying to make new friends. But if student volunteers, Richmond, Aaron and Winsome are anything to go by, NYP freshmen will have an easy time making friends.


Aaron Donovan and Winsome Foo are first year students pursuing their Diploma in Social Sciences (Social Work) from the School of Health Sciences. The cool and stylishly dressed Aaron says that he found it easy to make friends when he came to NYP.

This former Assumption English School student said that his classmates are close to one another and tightly knit.

Winsome agreed. “The class is very well-bonded,” she said, “the whole class even goes jogging together on Tuesdays.” They credited NYP’s easily accessible facilities for the class’s gung-ho spirit.

“NYP is conveniently located near to the Yio Chu Kang MRT station and there’s a bus terminal nearby. It’s got all kinds of facilities like gyms and a swimming pools. You name it, they have it!” Aaron said.

Winsome added that, because the facilities are nearby and well-placed, it encourages socialising with her classmates. In fact, their class of 25 makes it a habit to have lunch together at least once a month.

Richmond Ong, a third year student pursuing a Diploma in Chemical & Pharmaceutical Technology from the School of Chemical and Life Sciences agrees that it is easy to make friends at NYP. But this St Andrew’s Secondary School alum warns that some students will need some time to adjust to a co-ed environment.

“They’ll get used to after some time,” he assures adding that his lecturers also helped him adjust to polytechnic life. “The lecturers here are friendly and willing to advise you on any academic or social questions you may have,” he said.

This is the second time that Richmond is volunteering for NYP Open House. He will be coordinating tours for students and guests for all 3 days.

Aaron and Winsome will be part of the hospitality team that will be greeting and assisting visitors during NYP Open House 2012. Their class is tending the sheltered walkway to NYP (from Yio Chu Kang MRT Station) this Saturday from 2-6pm.

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