Friday, May 25, 2012

CCA Spotlight!

By Pavani Jeyathasan Krishnan, Year 1, Diploma in Accountancy and Finance

Remember the time in secondary school when choosing a Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) was compulsory and had to comprise of either two things?

a)    It was loaded with points, so you had a higher chance of scoring A1
b)    Your friend was joining the same CCA

Well guess what? CCA isn’t compulsory anymore in a polytechnic! Despite this, many turned up for the Club Crawl on March 25th and 26th. NYP has loads of CCAs to offer, from athletic teams to cultural clubs. So just because you don’t have to join a CCA doesn’t mean you shouldn’t! Here are some of the clubs that caught my eye.

1.    Rotaract Club
Are you someone who loves community service and is eager to meet other people like yourself? Then, you might want to consider joining this team. The purpose of Rotaract Club is to provide an opportunity for youth to enhance knowledge and skills that will help them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to foster better relations between all people worldwide through friendship and service. The club aims to incorporate their motto, “Fellowship Through Service”, into all their activities which they organize.
2.    Investment Club
Stocks, shares and bonds, are these terms familiar to you? Well, than you might want to consider joining the Investment Club. This club is relatively new and consists of members who gain financial literacy as well as learn about financial investment. Members can enjoy a two year complimentary subscription of SIAS (Securities Investors Association Singapore) Youth Chapter which will provide plenty of opportunities to meet and learn directly from investment experts. Who knows, maybe you could be the next Warren Buffet!
The “A-Team”, updates their motto every year, and their latest motto is Passion and Honour. Members of this club get to assist in functions hosted by NYP, as well as non-scholastic events where they will represent NYP. The team has volunteered at events such as Singapore International Water Week. Members have to be well-groomed at all times when attending such events as they not only represent themselves, but NYP as well. Not to worry though, as members get to attend courses which will better equip them for their duties.
Interested in planning events and attending functions for youth? Then the Student Union might be the right fit for you! SU offers a wide range of activities for members to sign up. Some include Chingay and President’s Challenge. Since many of the events are organized by students themselves, members get to express their opinions and creativity. The club has a diverse group of members so you will be able to make many friends and find people with the same interests.

5.    Emcee Club
Established recently, the club hosts school events like Club Crawl. Members can attend courses to improve their public speaking skills and increase their stage presence. Auditions are required if you are interested in joining, but don’t let that scare you off! Who knows you could be the NYP’s very own Ryan Seacrest or Cat Deeley.

CCA can be enjoyable and a time to take a break from group projects and ICAs. So do join a club that interests you.
When Pavani is not attending lectures or tutorials, you would probably find her browsing through books at the Library.  Other than reading and writing, she also enjoys foreign films and television shows.

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