Monday, April 4, 2016
A big welcome to all freshmen entering their first year at Nanyang Polytechnic! Choosing a polytechnic pathway will see some very different and new changes in your life. The “freedom” that you will have in Poly may also lead you to a false sense of security, which will change when you are suddenly besieged with due dates. So to avoid these unpleasant surprises, here are 7 common mistakes made by freshmen and how to avoid them.
Monday, March 21, 2016
“I always knew I wanted to work with people as I think human connection is important. I think being able to interact with, develop empathy towards, and put myself in the shoes of diverse individuals is both humbling and meaningful,” she said.
What Cassandra did not realise then, was that what she was going to learn from the course would actually impact her in her personal journey of discovering herself.
The course provided Cassandra with the knowledge and skills in areas such as basic counselling, group work facilitation, programmes and events management, introduction to sociology and psychology, and taught her how to work with elderly, children, youths, families and people with disabilities/special needs.
Thus she learnt to better understand and apply relevant social work skills to handling people from diverse or marginalized backgrounds.
As Cassandra was often labelled quirky and “offbeat” by her peers, she quickly discovered she could use that to her advantage. The knowledge she acquired from the course has also helped her to make better sense of her thoughts, and thus led her to setting up a blog called Offbeat Perspectives when she was in her second year in NYP.
The site was initially geared towards promoting the local independent art scene since Cassandra enjoyed analyzing themes and structures of interesting or relatable films, and music. But soon it shifted focus toward broader topics like the general election, alternative issues, media landscape, social issues, and sexuality.
Cassandra is not embarrassed to openly ask questions, or discuss on socially-taboo topics, and her website has given her an avenue to organize and communicate her observations and ideological beliefs. She hopes to get people to think more unconventionally when they read her blog.
Their site also features interviews with Singaporeans who pursue their unique passions, as well as in-depth interviews with individuals who are socially unaccepted.
“When we build up a diverse and balanced insight towards various matters, it will allow the society at large to become more open, understanding and inclusive,” said Cassandra.
Screenshot of Cassandra’s blog…………………………………………………………
Like many other students in their final year, Cassandra is going to graduate this year. As we have witnessed in her personal journey, she has acquired the skills to better understand and express herself, which also brought about the creation of her insightful blog.
If you are undecided in life, her story reminds us to press on and be open to what our life choices have to offer.
We wish Cassandra all the very best in her future!
By Matthew Tan Ser Yung, Diploma in Social Sciences (Social Work)
Matthew is 20 and pursuing his Diploma in Social Sciences (Social Work) at NYP. He may have suffered a traumatic brain injury in a judo competition and may have lost his hopes of becoming a judo champion, but he has found new passion and interest in writing. He is happy to share how he feels and thinks, and hopes to encourage his readers with his writing.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
As an avid gamer, Muhammad Azri Zulhilmi Bin Giman aspired to be a game designer. “NYP was the obvious choice for me, it is well-known for its Diploma in Digital Game Art & Design,” comments Azri.
Thanks to the NYPFP, Azri was able to have a taste of polytechnic education ahead of his ‘N’ Level peers who decided to continue with their ‘O’ Level examinations. This gave him a head start when it came to acquiring skills and knowledge required for the course. “I was able to learn basic drawing techniques such as rendering and composition,” says Azri. “These foundation skills gave me an added advantage when I started Year 1 as I was able to perform better than most of my course mates.”
Besides the technical skills acquired during his time in NYPFP, Azri has also learnt essential soft skills like teamwork and time management. “There are hardly any deadlines in secondary school, but it’s different in polytechnic,” says Azri. “You have to learn how to manage deadlines by being responsible about how you spend your time.”
Upon graduation, Azri hopes to pursue a degree in Game Design and urges those who are considering the PFP to chase their dreams. “Choosing where to go next [after your ‘N’ Levels] is a huge decision, but they should always go for the best,” says Azri. “I highly recommend NYP for its conducive learning environment and helpful lecturers.”
Published in the Jan 2016 Issue of Teenage Magazine. Reproduced with Permission.