Thursday, November 15, 2012

Overseas Opportunities at NYP

Imagine this: munching French pastries in France, waking up to stunning views of the Swiss alps daily, working in Disney World in USA where every single experience is a magical one.  NYP students from School of Business Management (SBM) are given such amazing overseas experiences.  Student writer Nur Mirrah Amit just can’t wait for her turn.

The Overseas Student Exchange Programme or OSEP, as I’d like to call it, gives students in NYP like you and me a chance to experience first-hand what it is like to study or work in a completely different environment. Depending on which course you’re enrolled in, there’s a wide variety of institutions from differing countries to choose from such as United States of America, The Netherlands and South Korea.

I personally believe it’s an amazing opportunity not to be missed. Take time off from studying within campus and try something new, such as a semester abroad. You’ll be coming back home with the knowledge of having learnt a new culture, language and a once in-a-lifetime experience. Here are just three of my lucky schoolmates who signed up for OSEP, and gained a whole lot more than just memories.

Nicole Mairon Lim (above) was one of the lucky students who went to Skema Business School located in the south of France for her OSEP.

The Mass Media Management student lived like the French for a whole five months. Cheap pastries, scenic views and the beautiful language felt so surreal that Nicole practically felt like she was in one of those typical French movies.

Having seen as well heard numerous pictures and stories by her seniors, Nicole jumped when the opportunity came for her to study abroad. She quickly learned how to be independent the hard way after she ended up lost on her first day of school. Nonetheless, she enjoyed the sense of freedom it gave her and the chance of making new friends from all around the world, literally.

Nicole’s stay in Nice, France, proved to be beneficial. She travelled down to Cannes with her classmates and professors and got a chance to understand the process of producing movies which are of the quality of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Not only that, lucky Nicole even got to watch movies handpicked for the festival. Such opportunities don’t come often enough. For a media student, that’s as good as striking gold! If Nicole was given the chance to further her journey, she said she’d do it in a heartbeat.

 Don Ong (above), on the other hand, experienced first hand living in beautiful Chur, Switzerland for his OSEP. The Banking and Finance student had studied in HTW (Hochschule fūr Technik und Wirtschaft) for months.

The experience was an unforgettable one. Don proclaims that he woke up to the stunning view of snow capped Swiss mountains everyday and never once did he get bored of it. While everyone else was constantly complaining about the harsh winter weather, Don was grinning from ear to ear – he loved it there.

While he was living the amazing Swiss experience, Don also took the opportunity to travel around to neighbouring countries such as the UK, Spain and Germany. He even managed to get the hang of skiing, as taught by his flatmate, after having a few tumbles initially.

Don also loved the fact that his Swiss professors were very open and that they allowed him to venture around, attending classes more suited to his interests. They did not make him stick to modules pertaining to his course but instead encouraged him to explore and develop a love for other subjects. He was fortunate to have been able to attend talks and lessons by professors beyond the region, which he had deemed to be majorly interesting and refreshing.

As much as he misses home, family and friends back here in Singapore, time passed so quickly that in no time, he eventually found himself boarding the flight back home. If he could, Don would certainly continue to live and study in Switzerland. If you can’t believe how much he enjoyed his stay, Don would be more than happy to show you his extensive photo album.

Ashwinnie Pillai (above), a student from the Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management course, got a chance to put all that she has learnt in school to good use when she went abroad to the magical land of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida (USA) for her OSEP. Ash wanted to broaden her international social network as well as experience working in a country with different work ethics and social behaviour… She achieved just that!

Ash blended right in with everyone else at Disney. She also explained that the hierarchy system is based on seniority and not position. She also made more European friends than Americans.  Despite the irony, she loved the working environment at Disney and felt it was incredibly exciting. While in the US, Ash managed to tour around the country to several states such as New York, Texas and Washington D.C. Once, she even managed to squeeze in a week’s stay in gorgeous Canada.

Believe it or not, Ash picked up a fair bit of Spanish during her attachment at Disney which she found useful for communication.  Another ‘challenge’ she faced was to adapt to the huge American-sized food portions.
Ash is now back in sunny Singapore for her final semester. She wished she had the chance to extend her attachment for a few more months to try out the different roles available, especially that of Guest Relations.
At Walt Disney World, every experience for her was a magical one.

Mirrah is a Year 2 Mass Media Management student who, as her mother had reiterated, “reads all the time!” She consumes as many as three books a day in her spare time, and enjoys classics and romance novels by authors such as Mari Mancusi, CS Lewis, and Sophie Kinsella. She aspires to write for political science magazines like Time and Newsweek in the future, and also has an interest in fashion writing.

1 comment:

  1. how much does OSEP cost and when do i have to pay? just before i leave or during the registration?