Thursday, December 29, 2016

From Poor Grades to Institutional Medalist

Despite taking a longer route than usual, Prabhmeet Kaur persevered and her efforts
have rewarded her with the 2016 Tay Eng Soon Award for ITE Upgrader.
Source: The Straits Times @ Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction
Confident and articulate, one will not be able to tell that Prabhmeet Kaur, the 2016 School of Business Management Valedictorian once struggled with poor grades in her in secondary school.

The 24-year-old alumna failed maths twice during her ‘O’ levels and could not apply to a polytechnic. She eventually enrolled in the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) in a biotech course, a "practical" choice because of her interest in science.

Monday, December 26, 2016

The Foundation to Success

Skipping out on his GCE O-Levels through the Nanyang Polytechnic Foundation Programme (NYPFP), former Normal (Academic) student Ryan Christian Mission took an unconventional route to his dream course at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP)!

Armed with outstanding GCE N-Level results, former Commonwealth Secondary School student Ryan Christian Mission gained a spot in NYP without even having to sit for his O-Level examinations. This was all thanks to the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP), which enables high-scoring students in the Normal (Academic) stream to attend a year in PFP instead of secondary 5, where they would study relevant modules to their respective choice of course in poly year 1, as well as common modules as in secondary school – Language & Communication (English), Mathematics, Physical Education and more.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

5 Awesome reasons to choose Nanyang Polytechnic

The GCE ‘N’ and ‘O’ level results will be released soon, and whichever polytechnic you choose, the choice is in YOUR hands – yes, you!

To our incoming freshmen of 2017, this is my take on why you should choose Nanyang Polytechnic.

From Student to Best Journalist

A typical day for Billy Ker starts at 4.00pm when he reports to The New Paper (TNP) newsroom and works on his assignments until the newspaper is sent for printing at around 1.00am. As an infographics journalist, he conceptualises eye-catching graphics to go with the news articles so that readers can understand the story better through the visualisation.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

From Lost to Found

When the going gets tough, the tough gets tougher but no matter what, it won’t bring Edsel Li Zhenhao down!

Months after graduating from Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) with a respectable Grade Point Average (GPA) score, Edsel Li can look back at his topsy-turvy days of his life with a smile, and give himself a congratulatory pat.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Direct entry to poly via the PFP – a student’s perspective

After I dropped to NA (Normal Academic) in Secondary 2, the PFP (Polytechnic Foundation Programme) was at the top of my wishlist.

The PFP is a direct route into the poly after the N Levels. It meant that I could skip Secondary 5 and the O levels. Everyone in NA wanted to qualify for PFP and I was no different.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

From U-Grader to Achiever

Theng Yeong (second from right) and his classmates with their very first studio project
 By his own admission, Kong Theng Yeong was a bad student in secondary school. Homework were never completed, exams were a non-priority and he barely attended CCA. Needless to say, his grades were far from average and eventually his parents gave up on him.

Friday, December 16, 2016

"I do not have special skills; I have the determination to win"

From left: Silat Champion Sheik Farhan with his father, Singapore Silat Federation
CEO Sheik Alau'ddin Credit: Singapore Silat Federation (PERSISI)

He may be a world silat champion but Sheik Farhan says he doesn’t have “special moves” or extraordinary skills”. Instead, he thinks it is his metal strength, will-power and confidence that has propell seed to him to the top.

Farhan, who is a year 3 student in digital and precision engineering, recently won a gold medal at World Pencak Silat Championships in Bali. He beat his opponent 5-0, despite having a bad ankle.

Building your future with CUF 2016

I didn’t know what I wanted to do after I graduated from polytechnic. But the Career & University Fair (CUF) which took place at NYP last week has made me look forward to my future!

From Final Year Project to National Stage

Weaving visual magic into National Day Parades since 2011
If you have seen the brightly coloured animated graphics accompanying each act during the National Day Parade (NDP), you may be surprised that they were not created by professionals, but by third-year students from Nanyang Polytechnic’s Motion Graphics & Broadcast Design (MGBD) diploma course.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Five things I wish I’d known when I joined NYP

When I found out I was joining NYP after my ‘O’ Levels, I was worried about coping with a new environment. Even before the Freshmen Orientation Camp, I had asked relatives and siblings who had studied in polytechnics about all the ins and outs of polytechnic life. My emotions were like a roller coaster and I wanted to know exactly what to expect before entering NYP.

Time does fly and now I am in my second year in NYP. I have learnt a lot, but if I could start all over again, there are five things I wish I’d known: