Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What are you afraid of?


Ever since the beginning of time, fear is known for doing many things. Lurking deep in our hearts, fear constricts, hinders, and may even break the spirits and minds of people.  It eats at us from the inside, assaulting us with past failures and doubt, paralyzing us against our true potential.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Record Breaking Dance-Off at NYP!


On Saturday afternoon 20 June 2015, Nanyang Polytechnic hosted Singapore’s largest Zumba dance as part of the “SG50 Harmony Swing” at the NYP Stadium.  Despite the hot weather, a record breaking number 3,578 participants showed up! We definitely beat Singapore’s previous record of 1,162 participants!

What’s in a future designer’s bag?

 Ever wondered what's in the bag of a future graphics designer, a visual effects artist or an animator? Look no further! Quench your curiosity as I inspect Valery Seng’s bag. She is a Year 1 Motion Graphics & Broadcast Design student.



Of course, you would expect a laptop! What is poly life without a laptop right? Valery here owns the Macbook Pro 15-inch. The extra 2 inches is definitely useful as she needs to create and edit pieces on software like Photoshop and After Effects. This particular model weighs a hefty 2kg! Valery will definitely train her muscles carrying this.


Here’s an unconventional pencil case! In it is a notebook that is vital for a course without worksheets. But look closely, the black and white stick is actually a KNIFE! Being in a design course means there is a lot of crafting and cutting. So this X-ACTO knife is definitely handy in class. She also has a pen to take notes with, and a kneadable eraser for her Fundamentals of Drawing class!


On days when Valery has Colour Theory classes, she brings along these essentials. A lot of fun painting is involved. Here are paints in various colours, brushes of different shapes and sizes and a palette to mix her paints. That yellow bucket is for water. Why so many compartments? Valery was recently taught that a three-step cleanse is essential for a squeaky clean brush, and also, a section of clean water is important for keeping your painting wet.

 A long day in school means you’re hungry all day! So Valery carries along some sweets to keep her energised as she faces her lectures. Mint flavoured candy is definitely refreshing. Yummy!



Is your curiousity quenched yet? It’s pretty fun to look at students’ bag from different schools. Do keep a lookout for future editions of What’s in Your Bag! 

Written by Siti Hawa Noorashikeen, Diploma in Motion Graphics & Broadcast Design

Monday, June 22, 2015

From Sec 4 to Year 0


My name is Germaine, Germaine Leow. Currently two months into my first year at Nanyang Polytechnic, I would be classified as a “freshie”. Here’s the catch though, while the other freshmen can remove the “freshie” label after a year, I will be spending two years in NYP as a freshman. Why? I am a Year 0 student and no, you did not read that wrong. Indeed, Year 0 students are not common and rarely heard of in campus. In fact, majority of the student body is probably not aware of us. Let me briefly introduce you to what Year 0 students really are – PFP students.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Is Being Single all that Bad?

 Are you someone who dreads spending the 14th of February alone?

Nobody likes to be alone, especially on a day when couples spend their time getting lovey dovey with each other. However, in this epoch, Valentine’s Day is not the only day when single people feel pressured into getting into a relationship.

Every day, many teenagers and young adults in campus feel compelled to seek out what they do not have, for the wrong reasons. At the sight of happy fellow student couples, they feel left out and believe that they too, need a relationship.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Life at NYP Starts from the Family - Ethel Chan

Meet Ethel. She’s a current 2nd-year Diploma in Digital Game Art & Design student. Her elder brother has a Diploma in Game Development & Technology. Her mother has an Advanced Diploma in Nursing. Her father, Daniel Chan, just graduated in May with an Advanced Diploma in Paramedicine.

And they all graduated from Nanyang Polytechnic!
The Chan Family (Ethel is in blue) 

The Day I Met Jackie Chan

DMMM students Kan Jia Xin (right) as well as myself (left) with Jackie Chan 

7 May 2015 – In our three years at NYP, this was the very first time we saw such a large crowd gathered at the atrium. It was insane, and people filled up every level, every staircase, and all the bridges facing the atrium.  They chattered excitedly, craning their heads, poised and eager for the emergence of a certain individual. Who could it be?

Well, it was none other than the renowned celebrity known to everyone regardless of their age or nationality, the juggernaut of Hollywood action blockbusters, and action hero, Jackie Chan!

Jackie Chan waving to throngs of NYP students passionately receiving him

GET A HEAD START IN YOUR POLY EDUCATION AT NYP


DIRECT POLYTECHNIC ADMISSION (DPA) GIVES STUDENTS THE ADVANTAGE TO START THEIR POLYTECHNIC EDUCATION EARLIER. WE SPOKE TO GLENICE TAN YU XIN, DIPLOMA IN INFORMATION SECURITY STUDENT, ON HER DPA EXPERIENCE AT NYP.

While most students are deciding on which course to enrol for during the Joint Admission Exercise (JAE), Glenice has already started her polytechnic education. “I chose DPA because I was sure of the course I wanted,” says Glenice. “I decided to make good use of the three-month break and start poly life earlier.” Through the DPA exercise, Glenice was able to secure a spot in NYP before she even took her ‘O’ levels – but instead of skiving off, she felt more motivated to study for her ‘O’ levels.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Dr Subadhra Devi Rai – An Exemplary Lecturer and Advocate


On 16 February 2015, Dr Subadhra Devi Rai received news that she won the 2015 International Achievement Award by the International Council of Nurses’ (ICN) Florence Nightingale International Foundation (FNIF). She is the first Singaporean to receive this prestigious award.

Since 1999, this award has been given every two years to a nurse practitioner who has at least 10 years of experience in Direct Care, Education, Management or Research. For Dr Subadhra, her career has focused on reintegrating refugees at the Thai Myanmar border, gender-based violence  and sexual health.

Come 21st June 2015, she will be receiving her award at a special FNIF Luncheon held at the ICN Conference in Seoul, Korea, and join in the ranks of other past winners  including Sweden’s Anneli Erikkson, who worked with endangered communities which suffered from catastrophes and  USA’s Carol Etherington, who worked on community based programmes for people living in the aftermath of war and natural disasters.

I had the opportunity to catch up with her in the midst of her extremely busy schedule, and these are her thoughts on her nursing journey for the past 30 years.

What made you choose Nursing? Tell us more about your Nursing journey prior to teaching in NYP
I think it suited my nature. I like caring for individuals and nursing somehow intrigued me. But applying to nursing school was another story. I didn’t know about the application deadline for the School of Nursing at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) back in 1982 and I only had a few hours before the application closed. I was very fortunate that my father helped me out.

My family didn’t influence me to study nursing. I think what my parents have always taught me is to always do my best in whatever I choose. I was inculcated with the values of respect and honesty, and taught to value education. And Nursing allows me to pursue all these.
In the beginning, like many people, I had no idea what nursing was all about. But once I started training, I realised it is a combination of three factors - science, the art of interacting with people, and being able to talk to people from all walks of life.

After my graduation from SGH’s School of Nursing on May 3rd 1985, I worked at National University Hospital (NUH) for 3 years before I left for further studies in Canada. I pursued two bachelor’s degrees in Nursing and Anthropology at the University of Victoria. Unlike today where young people who have decided to join the profession have greater opportunities to further their studies, in my time, the opportunities were very limited. So I went to Canada for 2 reasons - to do further training and to see the world. I wanted to see what was outside Singapore and I think I made a good decision. It made me a better person. I’m not so narrow minded in my thinking and I know there are other ways of solving a problem. So it was a good adventure for me.

What is one life changing experience you have experienced as a Nurse?
One notable experience was during my younger nursing days where I was shown the indomitable spirit of humankind. That was what I saw in a young woman who was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease. She was completely paralysed to the extent that she had to be on a ventilator.

But I saw her eventually walk out from the Intensive Care Unit, not being ventilated and able to breathe normally. I saw that gumption in her, that spirit which is remarkable and amazing. I was amazed at how our body is so resilient.  To me, it is one of the best lessons that I’ve learned and have experienced.

What are some of the most valuable lessons you have learned at as nurse?
To be open to various experiences, and not to make assumptions of anyone. Nursing has allowed me to go places and meet with various people. The profession itself has also taught me to be compassionate and kind to others because what we see at the present moment in a patient may not be the true reflection of the patient in reality.

If you could talk to your younger self and perhaps change something then, what would it be and why?
I remember when I was 18 years old, I wanted to own a pineapple farm because I loved pineapples. The idea of having a pineapple farm was actually to have a non-profit social enterprise and to have the people who are working for me being owners and shareholders. I wanted to enable people to run a business that’s culturally and traditionally based.

If you go to other countries, they have the arts, culture, artefacts that will tell you that this piece is from China or India and so on.  In Singapore, sadly we are not on par with them due to the lack of nurturing our own culture.

I’ve been thinking of that idea again and again, so it’s something for me to follow up on.

What is the secret to being a great nurse?
Honestly, there’s no secret. I always tell my students that if you want to be a mediocre nurse, you can just do the basics. But you if want to be an exceptional nurse, you have to go out of your way and do more than the basics. You have to be championing and advocating for your patients. It’s about going the extra mile. You have to show that you’re caring and compassionate. Caring for someone with a heart is what I think lies in the art of being an exceptional nurse.

You have been a lecturer in NYP for four years. Could you share with us your personal highs and lows?
I personally find it gratifying when I find students who are willing to look at things multi dimensionally. That makes me feel excited because it tells me that this person is willing to learn to look at a different perspective.

The painful part of being a lecturer is when I find students who are disinterested. I don’t mean uninterested, but disinterested, for example, students groaning over the work that they have to do. They are not in school because they want to be there. Rather, they feel that this is the only option they have. Even if you don’t want to be to be there, you need to give your best in what you do. That to me is one of the most difficult things to cope with.

I don’t mean to generalise all young people, but I also observed a change, a shift in attitudes and behaviour. I do have students who feel like it’s their entitlement, to have me update their attendance when they are late. But when they ask me, they don’t say “thank you” or “please”. Of course there are students who are the exception and practise basic courtesy. When I see these students, it comes to me as a surprise rather than the norm.

I know a lot of people have been congratulating you over your win. What was your initial reaction when you first heard the news?
I actually found out about it when I was reading my email. I received an email from ICN and then I forwarded the email to my nursing director. I knew she had nominated  me for the award. She wrote a letter about me (from the CV I gave her) and sent it to the Singapore Nurses Association and it was forwarded to the ICN.

My initial reaction was “Is this for real?” I didn’t disclose it to anyone. I remember that I sat down, kept quiet for a while and waited for the news to sink in. I re-read the email to ensure that it wasn’t a mistake. I was really surprised because there were many other deserving candidates and I am truly grateful for this incredible honour.

What made you want to focus on gender-based violence, sexual health and reintegration of refugees in your line of work?
My PhD was actually on women’s health and I went to India to do my field work. So I looked at women’s health from the perspective of the indigenous midwifes. I was very interested in any form of women’s work. For example, a housewife who is taking care of her own family is not paid. Whereas a woman who does the same work in someone else’s home by taking care of their family is being paid. So I was discovering and comparing why, in one context, when one woman has no monetary value whereas another woman who does the same job has monetary value.

Likewise, in India, there were bio-medically trained midwives who are paid and their work is recognised. However, indigenous midwives who have learned the art of birthing from their family are not recognised or valued. My interest also led me to becoming the health coordinator at Women's Education for Advancement and Empowerment (WEAVE), which is a non-government organisation based in Changmai, Thailand.

I was also interested in the health of people who are displaced. For example, the Rohingyas are displaced people as they are not recognised as Myanmar citizens. When I say health, it’s not just physical health. It’s also holistic health. So working for WEAVE was very exciting for me because I was able to look at women’s health from different aspects.

I’m also interested in other areas such as capacity building, advocacy issues, and education.

Were you personally inspired by any of the past award winners like Anneli Erikkson and  Carol Etherington?
You know this award is a completely new thing for me.  I didn’t know that there was such an award nor did I know about the past winners and their work. But of course each of these winners will be an inspiration for all of us because it tells us that our roles as nurses are beyond boundaries. We can contribute in many ways. It doesn’t have to be always in the hospital or prescribed by someone else. Of course, I do hope I can meet them in person during the conference.

If you could dedicate this award to anyone, who will you dedicate it to and why?

My parents, because they have instilled good values in me. They have taught me what it means to be a good person.. I am who I am because of them.

What do you see yourself doing in the future?
I would like to own a pineapple farm for sure. I would like to be an entrepreneur. That’s my dream. You don’t have to be young to be an entrepreneur. To learn is a constant thing. It doesn’t end in school and it can happen anytime. Our daily lives are part of our learning.

I like to be an advocate for people who are unable to advocate for themselves.

For me, getting an education, an opportunity to go to school, the opportunity to meet different people and go to different parts of the world, does open up my perspective of the world. I think it’s a privilege to be able to do that.

I also enjoy being a researcher. But my main goal, apart from being a lecturer is to be an exemplary person.

What is your advice for new and current nursing students?
I think some of my students would know my core values.  Some of the advice I would give them is to care from the heart. It sounds really airy fairy. But that’s something that nurses or physicians these days don’t show very much. When a sick person is admitted to hospital, you don’t have to be clinical minded. You need to show that there are other things that you can do for the person or his family. But importantly, show the patient that we see him/her as person and not a disease. Treat each one of them, as part of your family, or your friend.

Be honest, have integrity and to be ethical. All these qualities are connected to the word “caring”.

What is your perspective of technology  in clinical care?
It’s supposed to help us in our work, but we end up being enslaved to it. Technology has been used to replace many things and yet it does not have a human touch. At the end of the day, when the patient is lying on the bed, they don’t really care about the medication you give them. What they want you to tell them is “I care and worry about you”. That is what people are looking for. If the smartest nurse isn’t showing care and concern to the patient, the patient will not feel well. Because the patient will think that he or she is just a disease.

You can observe how often nurses call their patients by name when they do their handover reports. Most of the time, they will say “Patient in bed 25, patient in bed 24” and so on. We don’t even bother knowing each patient’s name. None of us want to be called by numbers. It also tells the person that you don’t bother. I think many of us who have unknowingly been enslaved and enamoured by technology have forgotten what it is like to be a human being. Technology is just an instrument to help us to do our work, but it shouldn’t tell us how to do our work.

What is your perspective of nursing?
When you ask people what is nursing, their reply will probably be “It’s a dirty job”. Is it really a dirty job? I don’t think so. Just think of this. If we are bedridden, how many of us will allow someone else, a complete stranger to touch and clean the intimate parts of our body?  Of course you will have to allow someone to help you. To me that’s dignified work. It comes with no words. But we don’t see it as a dignity and a privilege and are more accustomed to seeing it as “dirty work”. Why can’t we see as meaningful work, a dignified work for someone else?

What is the one food you can live without?
I love yoghurt. Not those purchased yoghurts from the supermarket. I make my own yoghurt and top it up with lots of fruits.

If you can have a favourite hangout around NYP, where will it be and why?
The fountains at the level 2 gardens, because I love the sound of water. That’s why I have a mini fountain on my office table because it helps me to relax. The greenery around NYP also gives me a secure feeling.

What is the one interesting thing that people don’t know about you?
I’m actually a funny, friendly person beneath my stern, strict look. It’s just that I don’t show it often.

By David Lau, Year 1, Diploma in Nursing


Currently pursuing his Diploma in Nursing, David is one of the newest members in The Write Stuff (a CCA for writers and social media enthusiasts).  Being experimental and explorative, he believes that it is ok for experiments to fail because it toughens him up. When faced with failure, David believes in taking it with a pinch of salt and getting up again.

He is an artsy person, and loves musicals as well as photography. It’s best to meet him and talk to him in person to find out what he is really like.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What do Seniors do for their FYP?

For the third year students from the School of Engineering (SEG), the time to shine has come. SEG’s annual Open Project Exhibition was held on the 27th May 2015, at Block S Level 1, and our seniors were given the chance to proudly show off 12 weeks of their hard work on their final year projects, not only to their juniors, but to the public as well.

Mr Albert Sng, the lecturer-in-charge of the event, was more than happy to share some details with us.

This event occurs twice every semester for third years. All projects displayed during the exhibition are selected by course supervisors of each SEG course, and selected students are to present their projects to at least 6 of the 18 judges at the exhibition. Each presentation had to include a brief description of the project, inclusive of a 2-minute Q&A. The judges would then decide which projects deserve to be in the top three. There is also a way for visitors and the students themselves to take part -they can vote for the projects they liked the best. And in this round, there was quite a selection to choose from.

Here come the visitors!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

A Survivor who does not Give Up

Cindy pictured above
If you talked with Cindy Goh, a first year student from the Diploma in Social Sciences (Social Work), you would never have guessed that she is a cancer survivor. The effervescent and petite 17 year old has a toughness that belies her small frame, and not a hint of self-pity.

Cindy was diagnosed with bone cancer at the tender age of 10, when, during a study trip to Australia, her teacher noticed her limping and expressed her concern. Initially, both Cindy and her mother attributed her limp to flat feet, and hence were not overly worried.

It was not until Cindy’s father discovered a hard lump in her knee that made her parents decide to rush Cindy to the hospital. She underwent surgery to remove the tumour in her knee, along with 90% of the muscle surrounding her kneecap. A metal kneecap was also implanted in her left knee.

After the surgery, Cindy went through a year of chemotherapy to combat her cancer. Sometimes she was admitted back to hospital after her chemotherapy sessions due to the side-effects she suffered, such as severe vomiting and high fever. During those days, besides having a lowered immune system, she also suffered hair loss and had to wear a cap.

Cindy missed more than a year of school due to her illness and only returned to school at year’s end to take her Primary 5 examinations. She was given only 2 months to catch up on the entire year’s syllabus. If she did not pass the exams, she could not be promoted to Primary 6.

At that point of time, Cindy did not even possess the textbooks needed for Primary 5. Even with the odds stacked against her, Cindy persevered and in the end passed all her subjects except for Science. She was allowed to progress to Primary 6 and continued to work even harder that year, scoring well enough in her Primary School Leaving Examinations to join the Express stream at Mayflower Secondary School.

Cindy’s naturally sunny and can do attitude helped her to lead a well-balanced secondary school life, where she was awarded bursaries and care awards due to her diligence in her schoolwork and helpfulness towards her peers. Cindy credits her family and social worker for helping her stay strong during the trying times of her illness.

“My parents were very supportive and they never gave up on me, giving me hope and motivation to beat the cancer. My social worker also went the extra mile to engage a tutor for me during my PSLE,” she said reverently.

When asked about her hobbies and interests, Cindy encountered a bit of a mental block.

“Hmmm, I don’t really have many hobbies,” she finally murmurs, embarrassed. “Does watching K-dramas and variety shows count?” she asked with a laugh.

Besides enjoying music by Big Bang, her favourite Korean boy band, Cindy is also in NYP’s Community Service club due to her unquenchable desire to give back to the society.

“I want to help those with cancer to see the light beyond their current dark void, to give them hope and remind them they should never give up on themselves or their dreams. Life has its ups and downs, but every dark cloud has a silver lining,” she emphasised.

Cindy intends to stay healthy in life and is set on inspiring and touching as many lives as she can.

Cindy (right) and myself

By Brina Lim, Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology


Brina is a first year student studying Molecular Biotechnology. Her hobbies include reading and writing. She is an avid fan of Jodi Picoult’s novels and has loved the Harry Potter series since she was a child. She enjoys reading news about England’s royal family and finds a role model in Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. Her favourite artiste is Taylor Swift and her dream vacation would be to tour London, visit the museum, Buckingham palace, and take a stroll alongside the river Thames. 

Jerome Yap – Passion Trumps All



 British politician Sir Winston Churchill once said: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” 

You may think Jerome Yap’s route to success was smooth; he graduated from NYP this year with 3 awards - the inaugural Lee Hsien Loong Award, Infinite Frameworks Gold Medallist Award and Infinite Frameworks Outstanding Project Work Award. Contrary to expectations, he comes from a humble beginning, with little motivation to excel in studies in his childhood. He was only interested in drawing during classes, and thus only scored 98 for his Primary School Leaving Examinations. 

On top of that, he mixed with the wrong crowd in Secondary School, which led to him performing poorly during his GCE N Levels. Jerome’s only option was to enrol in the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) for his Nitec and Higher Nitec studies respectively.

But it was in ITE that Jerome found like-minded friends that shared his passion for design. Through their encouragement, he changed for the better, persevered, and secured a place to pursue his Diploma in Motion Graphics and Broadcast Design at NYP. 

I had the honour of interviewing Jerome after his graduation, and this is what he has to say.

Jerome receiving his awards from Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education
You are the first NYP recipient to win the Lee Hsien Loong Award, what was going through your mind when you received this award?
When I first got the news, I was thinking “Is this for real?” Throughout all my academic life, I have never won any awards. So this means a lot to me. It just shows that no matter who you are or where you come from, if you put your heart and soul in what you do, you will be able to achieve what you want. 

In NYP, I didn’t aim for the best grades. I came here because I’m passionate about design, it just happened that my passion led to good grades.

Tell me more about your interest in doodling when you were younger
I used to draw a lot when I was younger, and wasn’t sociable at all. Drawing helps to express who I am.

I remember my first drawings and those were stickman drawings that anyone can do. But no matter what the drawings are, it can be developed into a storyline. In a way, it did help me to get where I am today. Now, I have the chance to make my drawings come to life, through 3D animation. 

My family was fine with me drawing when I was home. I did not do the typical revision work once I reached home from school. I sketched a lot instead. They could tell that I loved art. I also studied Design & Technology in Secondary School, which was a good experience for me as well.
Jerome's drawings
What was one valuable lesson you have learnt in ITE and NYP?
You may pick up negative vibes from others, and it can be demoralising. But nevertheless, you got to be positive, and challenge yourself to do the impossible. You can’t be always pessimistic and think ‘I can’t do it’, because in the end it’s all in the mind. 

What was the greatest challenge you faced in NYP? 
Coping with the numerous projects and building a strong team. I’m usually the one taking the lead in projects and it’s daunting trying to build a strong relationship with group members. We have worked long hours on each project and have tight deadlines. But I think the most daunting challenge was time management, because I did not know how to manage my time. 

And your greatest accomplishment in NYP?
Definitely the national scale projects, such as National Day Parade 2014, because I didn’t expect myself to be part of it. And without my incredibly crazy team, I won’t be able to complete the projects on time. So you see, teamwork was very crucial and vital to me. 

Were there any misconceptions of you as a former ITE student?
Definitely there were misconceptions. But I took them in my stride. When I came to NYP, people I’ve met knew I was from ITE. Usually my classmates recognise that I have already picked up some skills from ITE and will ask me to teach them what I learnt. So I don’t really see it negatively. 

Thankfully the people and the friends I have are very positive minded. ITE is a great institution for us to learn our fundamentals despite the fact that we aren’t academically talented. 

You mentioned once that you appreciate your mentor, Ms Sherlyn Tang, for being there for you in both academic and personal matters. Could you tell us more about her?
The great thing about Ms Sherlyn is that she’s a great person to work with. Be it academic or personal, she’s there for you. If she senses something is amiss, she expresses her concerns naturally. As a lecturer, she goes the extra mile.

For me personally, she was ready to talk to me, clear my thoughts and ensure I was coping well with the production of each project. When I was handling the larger scale projects, I did have my doubts and did not think I could meet the deadlines. She was there no matter what troubles I had. I can’t say in words how truly thankful I am for her support. 
Jerome with his Personal Mentor Ms Sherlyn Tang
What were your initial feelings when you first stepped into NYP?
It was unexpected for me to secure a place in my desired course because my ITE grades were not that good. But thankfully I got a place in NYP and I was really happy. I made a personal promise to myself that if I went to poly, I will stop riding the BMX stunt bike which I’ve been riding since Secondary 3. So I sacrificed my hobby to focus on my course.

I remember I was unprepared for my initial projects, and on top of that, I did not know what the lecturers’ expectations were. It was a shock initially but thankfully I’ve pulled through.

What are some things that you will miss about NYP?
Definitely my friends, lecturers and my classmates. We have been working in the same environment for the past 3 years and I have had wonderful memories of our time together. 

I will also miss Koufu’s chicken chop. I’ve been eating that for 3 years, almost every day, to the extent that I got to know the entire family who manages the stall - the auntie, uncle and their son and daughter.

I will miss my FYP classroom too. Because there’s air-con, and you can chill, sleep, and do anything because you have your own personal desk that you can use to work on your project.

What is one thing people do not know about you?
I don’t really show a lot of feelings. Rather, I think a lot. 
Jerome with his family and his lecturers
Any tips to survive poly life, and excel in your studies?
Have work life balance and always be positive in whatever you do. Do not ever succumb to negative comments because that will bring you down. Just keep going on. If you need to clear your thoughts or need a listening ear, just talk to your lecturers. I think they will definitely help you to survive your poly life. 

By David Lau, Year 1, Diploma in Nursing


Currently pursuing his Diploma in Nursing, David is one of the newest members in The Write Stuff (a CCA for writers and social media enthusiasts).  Being experimental and explorative, he believes that it is ok for experiments to fail because it toughens him up. When faced with failure, David believes in taking it with a pinch of salt and getting up again.

He is an artsy person, and loves musicals as well as photography. It’s best to meet him and talk to him in person to find out what he is really like.