Thursday, April 18, 2019

Looking back at my 3 Years in NYP

I have to admit: These three years at NYP have been quite challenging indeed!

Now that I am a Year 3 student, I can look back and share with you that, yeah, I have had my fair share of sleepless nights and rushing against time to complete projects with pressing deadlines.

However, all the ups and downs at NYP have shaped me into the person I am today.  And in fact, this look back is making me quite nostalgic indeed. 😊

I remember how, in Year 1, I thought I could pretty much go at it alone and did not feel the need to rely on any of my teachers.  So at first, I did not open up to many of my lecturers at all. When I finally got to know my lecturers and tutors from Year 2 onwards, I found out that they were more than just teachers in classrooms – they are actually friends, who are there for you whenever you need them.

My lecturers were there during my toughest times, answering my last-minute queries a few days before my ICAs. They always trying to connect with me at a personal level (shout-out to Mr Keith Lum!) so that they could mentor me through some of my most challenging moments.  I also found out that my CCA staff advisors are the kindest and most down-to-earth people ever. They made school so much more joyous (shout-out to Ms Jac and Ms Sab of The Communicators!)

As for my academic journey: I was one of the lucky two to be picked to intern in Chengdu, China. That experience definitely took me out of my comfort zone. But you know what? It developed me culturally and technically, and I think it has even propelled me to become a better entrepreneur – my ultimate goal. Through the challenging curriculum, NYP has helped me reach this stage, and I’m thankful for it. To amp up my resume, I also took part in many entrepreneurship competitions during my final year. I strongly urge all NYP students to consider such competitions as they truly stretch and challenge you. In fact, I regret not joining these competitions earlier.

Lastly, I need to talk about friends: I have made so many friends, and I know these connections will stay with us for a long time. My friends make me look forward to going to school every day. I’m sure everybody agrees that friends are our pillars of strength with whom we can share both our happiness and sadness. I’ll surely miss lunch breaks with them at our favorite North Canteen and Food Connect. So to my juniors, I cannot emphasise how important it is to attend as many camps, events or activities as you can and expand your social circle – this will definitely spice your campus life up!

To wrap up, I’m glad that I pressed on and completed my studies. I am set to graduate from NYP soon. Though reluctant to leave, I’m excited to pursue a business degree at a local university with the strong foundation that NYP has given me. Thank you, NYP!

By Jeff Lee, Diploma in Business Management

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