Tuesday, December 29, 2015

10 Awesome Places to Visit in NYP

School is not all about studies and grades – especially if you spend most of your time in campus. One of the key benefits of studying in a Polytechnic would be all the awesome facilities. With 2015 being the year NYP’s new facilities are scheduled to be completed, here’s the guide for you to check out the new and useful places to visit, and enjoy in 2016!

My Top 5 Reasons For Choosing NYP

You’ve just received your O-level results and you already know that polytechnic life is for you. But with 5 different polytechnics to choose from, it can get quite overwhelming. Read on to find out my top five reasons for Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP).

His Final Year Project Became His Enterprise

Even when he was still a student, entrepreneur Raniel Lee always had a plan. Raniel pursued his Diploma in Business Informatics (DBI) at NYP because he wanted to learn more about creating a profitable business. When he was still a student in NYP, Raniel set up his first business, InspireARTS LLP. Recently, he established his second business, Jobook, which was first conceptualised as a Final Year Project in NYP (in 2012).

My Experience as an Intern Journalist at SPH

Everyone thinks he or she understands what it means to be a journalist.

It's like those “What they think I do” memes (see below).

Being in Business School's Mass Media Management (JAE course code C93) opened my eyes to the importance of every aspect of media.  We had to do a lot of writing, and even had to pretend to be reporters in a mock press conference. We also came up with our own magazines and had to complete articles under a time limit, detailing facts from a fictional case.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Bringing Cheer to Ren Ci Patients

Photo by David Lau, The Write Stuff
In December, most people are busy doing Christmas shopping, trying to find the perfect gift for their loved ones, or occupied with decorating their homes for the festive season. However, NYP’s ambassadorial team and student volunteers from across NYP decided to organise an event to bring cheer to old folks at the Ren Ci Community Hospital.

Discover yourself at ECG @ Central

 The big question that every student will have to answer is not found in exam papers, and has no right or wrong answer. The answer is often attained through  trial and error. In NYP, however, ECG (Education and Career Guidance) @ Central looks to help ease the process of determining career choices for students. It is, however, not a place where the answers are given on a silver platter. ECG @ Central helps students discover themselves, before they go on to tackle the world.

Friday, December 11, 2015


Who says you can’t have the best of both worlds? For Teo Yi Xuan (above, extreme left), a student pursuing the Diploma in Social Sciences (Social Work) at Nanyang Polytechnic, she sees the world and experiences another culture, all while making a difference in other people’s lives. Earlier this year, she went on a three-week overseas exchange programme to Hong Kong’s Caritas Institute of Higher Education, where she attended social work lectures, visited social service agencies, and participated in various outreach and volunteering projects.

However, the most rewarding part of the journey is the friendships forged between Yi Xuan and the social work students in Hong Kong. “They’re extremely welcoming,” she shares. “We’ve grown really close over the three weeks, sharing everything from our passion for social work to our troubles in life.”

She took home more than just memories – through the various field trips, she gained a better idea of the different approaches used in managing social service agencies: “The knowledge I gained on the trip helped to widen my perspective on social services. It made me ponder about our current systems and how we can improve them.”

Besides Hong Kong, she also went to Shanghai for a social work exchange programme and Malaysia for a Polytechnic forum. Yi Xuan looks forward to adding the “more developed” Western countries into her bucket, and plans to further her studies in social work at National University of Singapore.

Make the world your classroom. Be innovative and enterprising, choose your own adventure at NYP Open House from 7 to 9 Jan 2016!

Published in the Dec 2015 Issue of Teenage Magazine. Reproduced with Permission.

Monday, December 7, 2015


One stellar entrepreneur in his own right, Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) alumnus from the Diploma in Sport & Wellness Management, Tan Tse Yong is fast making a name for himself in the industry. But what’s the secret to his start-up success?

From a star student to the boss of three lucrative ventures, Tan Tse Yong built a multi-million health and wellness empire after graduating from NYP in 2004. But what’s unexpected was that this former Junior College student once struggled with his grades. “I failed the General Paper at the GCE ‘A’ Level,” Tse Yong confesses, but it proved to be a good wake-up call. “This setback taught me that my worth in life was not to be determined by a piece of paper.”

After completing National Service, Tse Yong went to pursue Diploma in Sport and Wellness Management in NYP. It was there that he met his business partner, Steve Chan. With the encouragement from their lecturers, the duo went into gym management business and in 2010, they launched FitLion, a sports nutrition superstore to promote healthy living. Their decision to enter e-commerce paid off, with the brand emerging as the top sports nutrition online retailer in Singapore and is expecting a projected sales of $10 million this year. They also own seven gym outlets and recently started their food business arm, The Protein Cafe.

Crediting his achievements to his alma mater, he recalls how NYP had “prepared me to handle the different aspects of business like human resource, finance and logistics”. He also picked up networking and analytical skills, which provided a strong foundation for his businesses. Tse Yong is enjoying a tidal wave of success and it’s poised to grow even bigger. “We hope to go beyond the borders to establish ourselves in the region, such as Malaysia, Taiwan and China.”

Inspired by his entrepreneurial adventure? Be innovative and enterprising, choose your own adventure at NYP Open House from 7 to 9 Jan 2016!

Published in the Dec 2015 Issue of Teenage Magazine. Reproduced with Permission.

Thursday, December 3, 2015


Getting an internship opportunity in an airline is no easy feat, but Kush Yogesh Kumar Madia, NYP’s Diploma in Aerospace Systems & Management alumnus, was privileged to land into a 24-week internship at Jetstar Asia Airways Pte Ltd.

Armed with “an all-rounded education” from NYP, Kush was ready to become an integral part of the crew. Being a member of the Materials team and the Fleet Planning team from the Engineering and Maintenance Department helped him immerse in the workings of the industry and allowed him to gain an in-depth understanding of the airline operations.

The communication skills, multitasking and time management capabilities, and technical knowledge that he picked up in NYP came in handy at work. “Internship was an eye-opener for me. It brought my lessons to life.” says Kush. “I had opportunities to observe the aircraft as well as its systems and components up close. I also get to go on workshop visits, Maintenance Repair & Overhaul conferences and exhibitions, hangar visits and occasional rounds to the ramp area with the engineers to inspect the aircraft.”

It’s a whole new ballgame for Kush now that he signed on as an Air Force Engineer, but we’ve got to say that his journey thus far has been incredible.

Ready for a fun and rewarding internship? Be innovative and enterprising, choose your own adventure at NYP Open House from 7 to 9 Jan 2016!

Published in the Dec 2015 Issue of Teenage Magazine. Reproduced with Permission.