Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Fusion of Beauty and Excellence

By Shahril Khairi, Diploma in Business Management, Year 1

A freelance model, Claire Teo walks and talks like a model, but don’t let her fool you. Claire’s an all-rounder student who has many talents – both in her studies and CCAs.

You surely can’t miss her at her staggering height of 1.8 metres. The Year 2 Diploma in Marketing student was proudly crowned Miss NYP on 21 July 2012 during GeneratioNYP (GeNYP). Ever since her grand win, Claire has undoubtedly become more confident and less self-conscious, especially at presentations and competitions. It’s unsurprising that she is also popular amidst her peers.

You and I both would probably expect a model like Claire to be feminine and lady-like (she definitely is).  But what surprised me was that Claire is also an amazing athlete (a high jumper) in Track and Field. Her team has successfully clinched the championship in several high jump competitions, including POL-ITE Games. In addition, she also plays the cello, and more impressively, she also has another CCA - the SBM (School of Business Management) club, which she feels helps her to better interact with the SBM community.

Juggling two CCAs did not hinder her from excelling in her studies, ideally making her the perfect all-rounder. Claire firmly believes that balancing studies and CCAs helps her to live polytechnic life to its fullest potential. 

“As long as you love the course, you don’t feel like it’s an effort to study. It comes naturally,” explained Claire. “And when you love your CCAs as well, you will love everything else about school.”

Quite literally, Claire loves everything about NYP. She has a ring of good friends from her CCAs as well as her classes. That was something she did not expect as she had the impression that it was difficult to find good friends in polytechnic.

Besides good friends, Claire also enjoyed having great lecturers around.  If her lecturers were to be rated, Claire would give them an astounding 9/10 - not only for their impeccable teaching but also for the concern for their students.  She strongly believes that NYP offers many opportunities for every single student to develop themselves, hone their skills, and to excel in their interests.

Claire added that she enjoys the cosiness in NYP. She can find plenty of spots for her to relax and hang out, especially in the campus’ many gardens and sports areas. To her, NYP feels more like a home than a school. It’s a place where she is comfortable in her own skin.
As a freshman, I totally agree with what she had said because I’ve experienced it myself. I would say my first year so far had been the greatest school experience I’ve ever had. NYP is like my favourite kopi (coffee) – It has the right combination of coffee, milk and sugar. It’s the perfect pick-me-up for students like myself.

And I totally agree with Claire when she said this:

“NYP has more potential than what others may perceive. It is really a nice school.  A school is more than what it offers in terms of facilities or architecture.  What matters is its people.  I’m grateful to be surrounded by the warmth of so many – good lecturers, good friends, friendly canteen vendors, and everyone else. It is a school that anyone would be fortunate to study at.”

Shahril Khairi is a Year 1 student from Business Management who loves music, history, other cultures,writing and travelling. Some say “Active” is his middle name because he enjoys adventures and keeping fit. He loves eating and judging food and has a strong interest in The Art of War and strategy games even though he enjoys peace. He is a guy who enjoys the bright side of life.

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