Monday, December 31, 2012

Why You Need to Attend NYP’s Choices After ‘O’s Parents’ Seminar

Post-secondary options have never been more varied than they are today. From Polytechnics and JCs, ITEs to private institutions, the different pathways that await school-leavers planning to embark on the next phase of their education are abundant.

For many 16 and 17 year-olds, completing secondary education is a significant goal and milestone in itself, marking the end of ten years of formal schooling.

While some would go on to join the workforce, the majority of teenagers today would continue on to some form of post-secondary education.

With so many options and choices, making the right decision is a challenge for some.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Why I chose Mass Media Management

When I was choosing which school to pursue my diploma at, I had no idea where to go to and what to put as my first choice – until I chanced upon Nanyang Polytechnic’s (NYP) Diploma in Mass Media Management . So in this article, I’ll tell you more about NYP's Diploma in Mass Media Management and why I chose it.
Students shooting their own short film for a project.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Five Things You Need To Know Before Enrolling in a Polytechnic

Choosing polytechnic courses is not rocket science but thinking through your choices wisely may just be the best decision of your life.

I took the liberty of listing down five most important factors to take note of prior to embarking on your tertiary education.

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Secret Kitchen

Chef Andy Martin Gibb was tossing around a most delicious smelling risotto, simmering in a buttery chicken stock. Every time he pushed the pan across the stoves, asking the students to observe and smell, I wanted to get closer. After all, it was quite exciting to be the first to find out what’s going to be served in NYP’s new Training Restaurant, targeted to be ready by mid-2013.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Design Graduate Wows Judges at Red Dot & SUTD

He turned a semestral project into an award-winning design that took him on an all-expense paid trip to Tokyo. Meet Chan Wen Jie, NYP School of Design (SDN) Industrial Design (ID) graduate.

You might be wondering, what design is capable of winning an award that flies you to Tokyo? Behold the CONVERTIBLE stairs. What Wen Jie created allows more mobility for the elderly, disabled persons and just about anyone who has difficulty walking up or down stairs.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Golden Opportunity for Two Caring Girls

Imagine this. Competing against the best talents from about 16 countries when you are barely an adult. Daunting isn’t it? However, two brave girls are just about to go through that next year!
Nursing students Audrey Foo (left) and Gladys Aw 
The girls are Audrey Foo and Gladys Aw. These two Diploma in Nursing students came out tops in the Caring category of WorldSkills Singapore 2012, and therefore have the privilege of representing Singapore in the international-level competition called WorldSkills Competition which will take place in Germany in 2013.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Canon Photomarathon X: Shoot And Run

This is not a review of some a horror-action film. There’re no guns, no explosives, and no blood in this article- only adrenalin-charged people and their cameras.

This was my submission for 'Wonder'.
The Canon Photomarathon is the country’s biggest photography competition. This year marked the tenth installment of this competition where more than 2000 photographers and enthusiasts gathered at Marina Bay Sands on the 3rd of November, where they competed not only against each other, but also against time.

Finding your passion from the start

When you are close to graduating from secondary school, I am sure your teachers and parents have asked you, ‘Do you want to go to a polytechnic or junior college?’

You’re in a dilemma.
Priscillia Tay (left) really enjoys her school life
If you have made up your mind and know what you want to be in the future, well congratulations!

But if not, the Diploma in Biologics and Process Technology might just be the course for you. Why? Well it is a science course with an engineering edge, so it incorporates two cutting edge disciplines. And who knows, it may even help you find the cure for cancer or create genetically modified organisms that will help save lives.

We managed to bag an interview with Year 3 Biologics and Process Technology student, Priscilla Tay, and find more about what she really does at Nanyang Polytechnic’s School of Chemical and Life Sciences.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

NYP Rocks “Like Performing, Love Sony”

By Kelly Liew, Alumna, Advanced Diploma in Nursing (Midwifery) 
Oprah Winfrey once said, “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”

Last October, Lazel Louise Heiramia, Xiao Hui and the duo of Sherlynn Lee & Elizabeth became finalists in the "Like Performance Love Sony" music competition-cum-road show held in NYP. These four adventurous NYP students were given the chance to live their dreams of being a superstar last Wednesday night. They took to the stage to share their music with the audience as they competed with 9 other finalists to represent Singapore at the regional finals.

The grand finale was held at Shuffle Bistro Bar at Clark Quay. As I entered the little bistro at 6pm, it was already packed with energetic fans and supporters of the performers. Every finalist had his or her personal cheerleading squad, but I chose to remain a SECRET cheerleader of our four talented performers. Shhh…

The event started with a performance by 53A, a band from the Timbre Group. Their stunning presence wowed the audience. Even when the lead singer’s microphone got cut off half way through the performance, they played on. And guess what? The audience sang on and completed the song. I was truly amazed.  Or maybe, just maybe, they did that on purpose to get the audience to participate in their performance..

53A Rocking the House!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Movie Review: Breaking Dawn Part 2

By Amira Komari, Year 2, Diploma in Mass Media Management

The last installment of the Twilight Saga reaped in a total of $340.5 million worldwide 8 days after its premiere. For those of you who haven’t been in the loop, the story (Twilight) revolves around a typical boy-girl relationship in high school. The plain Jane, Isabella, had a crush on Edward, the school heartthrob. The best part? He feels the same way too. The saga revolves around them and their families; when Isabella decides to commit to him, he confesses that he’s a vampire.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Music to soothe your soul - An interview with CLO

YouTube singer, Clarence Liew, will be performing and judging at the coming NYP Jam! finals!  Our student writer, Ho Khin Wai, catches up with this talented singer-songwriter, also known as CLO, to find out what makes him tick.

“Music has charms to soothe a savage beast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak” - William Congreve

This is what I feel when I’m listening to Clarence Liew’s music.

Also commonly known by his stage name, CLO, the talented 20-year old YouTube singer has captured the hearts of many followers with his smooth, jazzy tunes akin to those sung by Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson. Now you can’t say there aren’t any talented musicians in Singapore!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Teaching from the Heart

She wears a picture of her rabbit on her lanyard; she pastes drawings of bunnies all around her desk; she is known as 'Rabbit mama' to her students. She is an advocate for not only her patients but also for innocent animals. She is Mrs Wan-Koo May Yeok, the Manager of Education Technology in the School of Health Sciences.
Mrs Wan with a drawing given to her by her class.

"This is my rabbit!" she smiled as she showed me the picture of her huge rabbit resting on her lap. To be honest, I was really glad there was someone who really cared for rabbits especially after I just saw Jamie Oliver cooking one on television a few days ago. My Chinese zodiac sign is the rabbit by the way. :P
Mrs Wan's beloved bunny!
This rabbit-lover got her first rabbit when she was in primary two. Though she has kept dogs and cats as well, she has always held a special affinity towards rabbits.

Besides being known as an animal lover, Mrs Wan is also an experienced and beloved lecturer in the School of Health Sciences, specialising in Critical Care.

Visiting her office reveals a cabinet adorned with heartfelt ‘Thank You’ cards written by appreciative classes from years past. When asked about it, Mrs Wan shyly and humbly reveals that her cabinet was not big enough to accommodate all the cards she has received over the years – something she admitted with a tinge of regret.

Scaling Heights and Chasing Dreams

By Nur Mirrah Amit, Year 2, Diploma in Mass Media Management

Shahril Khairi, a first year student majoring in Business Management, was genuinely taken aback when he was told that I would be doing a feature on him. But when you’re an all-rounder student with a scholarship no one should be surprised at all.

 The 18-year-old student never failed to amaze me at every turn during this interview. Shahril, who was a successful DPA applicant, decided to pursue a Diploma in Business Management in NYP after hearing so much about it. Considering that the distance from his home was reasonable and that his parents strongly supported the choice he intended to make, he took a leap of faith and went on-board with the idea of becoming a full-time student at NYP.