Happy Saint Valentine’s! Love is in the air as you spot sheepish teenage boys carrying bouquets of flowers on public transport, and girls all dolled up out on dates along Orchard Road. But we all know that fairytales don’t always exist, and things can get pretty awry for unlucky couples. Here’s hoping today won’t get any worse for you than these unfortunate folks on Reddit.

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“Mine is from three years ago when my then-boyfriend had to run into his house to get something after we were done with dinner, and I thought he was getting me something nice like chocolate or a stuffed animal… and he ended up coming out with some acne medication that he thought would help me. I said, “I don’t think this is the right day to give me this…”
– thehappyhaps
 
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“In high school I went out for Valentine’s day with my then-boyfriend. We had been dating for almost a year, but this was the first time we ever really went anywhere (typical high school relationship I guess). So we got dinner, and right before we left we exchanged presents. I was going to a fine arts school at this point so I had made him something in class that I was really proud of and hid a gift card to a store he loved inside. He gave me one of those $5 stuffed animals and just kind of threw it at me, with no card or anything. After that we’re walking to the car, he’s taking up the entire sidewalk almost, so I’m trying to walk through the mushy grass (it had been raining) in heels. I fall in the mud, practically ruin my dress, and he laughs at me. The worst part is that he didn’t even take the present I worked so hard to make for him – he “accidentally” left it at my house when he dropped me off. I still have it, too. :(“
– monadologee
 
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“I was alone last valentines day, and the one before that, and the one before that, and …. so ya all of them sucked but in 6th grade I asked a girl in my class out on valentine’s day, before she could answer, my female teacher said quite loudly “HA, your not going to go out with that loser are you?” (She might have been joking but it didn’t sound like it). The girl I asked out went from having a smile on her face, to a disappointed look. She then turned to my teacher and said “No”, while I made the walk of shame back to my desk…”

– ZPrime

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“My girlfriend and I thought on celebrating this Valentine’s day with dinner in downtown. After our plates were served, my girlfriend began to stir her meal. To our surprise, a cockroach crawled out of her food and across her plate. I immediately pick it up with my napkin and called over a manager. She took my napkin and our plates away and sent a waitress to our table to handle the situation. She said sorry, we didn’t have to pay for the meal (which we could not eat) and sent us on our way. The has been the worst Valentine’s day courtesy of the professionalism of the staff of that restaurant. But at least it was a night my girlfriend will never forget.”
– RandomJoel


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“I was really into this guy in high school, we had been on a few “dates” of sorts and made out a few times, nothing more than that. Our school sold roses as a fundraiser and they were delivered during first period on Valentine’s Day (or the Friday before if it was a weekend). This fateful Valentine’s Day I happened to have the flu, but I came to school anyway because I wanted my damn roses. My name gets called out by the person with the rosecart and I go up and get a few, all of them from my friends in friend-appropriate rose colors, except for one. One tiny red rose. I was so excited, I figured that he must have gotten me a red rose and written the message asking me to be his girlfriend, right?

Wrong. He wrote on the message that he was happy that I was such a great friend. He had the nerve to come over to my table at lunch that day and talk to me as if nothing happened, and I still thought that maybe he’d like me…

TL;DR: friend-zoned by a red rose.”
– purpleyarn

Do you have your own Valentine’s Day horror story to share? Tell us in the comments below! For more on Valentines’s Day check out our February 2017 issue. Out on newsstands now!

Teenage Gorgeous You! 2017

The ever-popular NYP Groove! 2017 saw 11 super talented dance crews slaying the stage with their epic moves. Held at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) during their annual NYP Open House on 7 January, it was a nail-biting battle to the finish. With congratulations in order for the winners and contestants of the Secondary School and ITE categories alike, we couldn’t help but notice a few key traits that boosted these teams to success. Here are some pointers we picked up for the NYP Groove! 2018 hopefuls! 

#1 Dress To Impress (Even More)

QassaFam Depicted: #QassaFam, Secondary School Category 2nd Runner Up

Urbanary Depicted: Urbanary, ITE Category 2nd Runner Up

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Depicted: Academy of Nutz, Winner of Secondary School Category

Most of the teams were decked out in their street-wear finest but a couple of groups really stood out with their elaborate gear. From #QassaFam’s stylishly bold prints to Academy of Nutz’s Suicide Squad-inspired getup to Urbanary’s military-meets-normcore look, these groups truly dressed to impress. 

#2 Werk That Attitude

UrbanCentury Depicted: Urban Century, 1st Runner Up of ITE Category Realness-AllyDepicted: Realness Ally, NYP Groove! 2017 ITE Category Finalist

Fierce dance routines aside, the one thing that truly sells the performance is a kickass attitude. Channel those Beyoncé vibes and slay away – if you can convince the audience, you’ll definitely impress the judges. 

#3 Timing Is Everything 

 

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We all know that song choice is a vital factor, but another important aspect is how you weave in extra details into your choreography. Whether it’s a cheeky gesture to the audience, or a double-step combo within a beat or even a cleverly-timed flip, it’s all about the minute details and sharp timing that’ll help your performance stand out. 

#4 Have Fun With It 

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Depicted: Fraction, Winner of ITE Category 

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Depicted: Curry Sauce, NYP Groove! 2017 ITE Category Finalist

It’s normal to feel anxious when competing but don’t let your nerves get the best of you. It’s always a joy seeing performers who freely embody their love for dance onstage; not only will the judges be able to feel your passion, you’ll also take away more out of the experience, no matter the outcome. 

Bonus: Check out NYP Groove! 2016 champions Slay Empire totally owning the stage in their guest performance! Watch and learn kiddos, watch and learn.  

 

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Congratulations to all NYP Groove! 2017 Finalists and Winners!  

Secondary School Category
2nd Runner-up:  #QassaFam
1st Runner-up: Unfinished Business 
Winner: Academy of Nutz

ITE Category
2nd Runner-up: Urbanary
1st Runner-up: Urban Century
Winner: Fraction 

NYP Groove! 2017 was an absolute blast. Stay tuned for next year’s edition!

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9 Ways to Make A Good First Impression

1 Feb 2017 by Teenage

Stepping out of your comfort zone to meet new people and forming friendships can be daunting. Here are some tips to ease you in!

Be A Social Butterfly

It’s inevitable for most people to be shy on their first day, so why not step up and make the first move? Initiate a conversation by introducing yourself – throw in snippets of personal info, and break the ice by asking them about themselves. Non-invasive questions like their musical interests, favourite shows, former CCA or even who they follow on Instagram/Snapchat should do the trick! Trust us, you’ll stand out (in a good way) and your future friends will definitely appreciate your gesture. 

Fashion Got ‘cha Back


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Sure, true confidence comes from within, but looking your best undeniably helps you feel the same way too. Strut across campus in an ensemble that reflects your personality: ditch the denim shorts for a stylish maxi skirt, or swap your go-to T-shirt for a neat button-up. There’s no harm in donning a dressier outfit especially on your first day – but ensure that you’re appropriately dressed and comfortable with what you’re wearing.

Pay Genuine Attention


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Between familiarising yourself with the campus, memorising class schedules, learning your new classmates’ names and updating your socials, first days are usually filled with overwhelming details. But don’t let it deter you from making meaningful connections. Put your phone away, engage in distraction-free conversations and start listening. Chances are, people will also start paying more attention to what you have to say if you set the example. A little sincerity never hurt anybody!

Spare No Compliments

This may sound kinda superficial, but giving a compliment could go a long way. That’s not to say you should shower people with false praises to butter ’em up. Find something you sincerely like about that person, i.e. a quirky accessory, their immaculately styled outfit, cool hair… Plus not only would that off-handed compliment be an instant mood lifter, it also serves as a good conversation starter. So go ahead and make someone’s day!

Be Inclusive


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Social situations may be more daunting for some, so be alert. Every time you see someone standing at the side trying to join in your group conversation, subtly widen the circle to include them. Find someone alone in the corner? Engage them in a conversation. Not only will you help lessen their awkwardness, these gestures speak volumes about your good character. You’ll gain more friends by being a friend!

Think Before You Speak

As wiser people have reiterated, “If you’ve got nothing good to say, don’t say anything”. While speaking your mind is usually encouraged, bear in mind that you’re in a new environment with people who are unfamiliar with your thoughts and mannerisms just yet. Instead of indulging in inane chatter, contribute to the conversation constructively, by way of witty remarks or relevant opinions. Be careful of your tonality: try to avoid using tones that may come across as being overly opinionated and aggressive. Also, don’t be overly judgmental against people who rub you the wrong way – give ’em a chance!

Put On That Million Dollar Smile


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One way to calm down, appear more approachable (and attractive), instantly feel good, and build better relationships: smile! It sounds way too easy, but smiling has been scientifically proven to give all those benefits and more. If you’re too nerve-wrecked to conjure up a smile, visualising your favourite happy moments with friends and family should do the trick!

Be Yourself


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Simple but true. Quirky and random? Flaunt it. Curvy or stout? Embrace it. Too loud or overly hyper? Don’t sweat it. Only when you’re truly comfortable in your own skin will you be able to radiate good vibes, which in turn lets others be comfortable in your presence. Forget about trying to be someone you’re not – not only will people smell it a mile away, the only ones who should matter are the people who accept you for who you truly are. #Realtalk

Make Plans To Keep In Contact

If you’re getting good friendship vibes from a potential pal, ask for his/her number and make plans to meet up again later – invite them out for lunch, go exploring around the new campus grounds, or suggest a cool after-school hangout activity. Don’t worry about coming off as creepy; everybody appreciates having plans especially when you’re new in the area. Who knows, this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship! 

Have any suggestions of your own to add onto our list? Comment below and share your tips! 

Teenage Gorgeous You! 2017

You’ve just received your O-Level results, now… what’s next? With so many study options available for the next lap of your educational journey, we’ve mapped out an overview to help get you started.

Junior College (JC) and Centralised Institute (CI)

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With the ability to study a mix of different subjects (e.g. Biology, Mathematics, Econs etc.) along with specialised electives (e.g. Music, Arts, Language etc.), your two (JC) or three (CI) year course of study will see you ending with a GCE ‘A’ Level qualification, which will then determine your entry into a local university of your choice.

Choose this if:

  • You prefer a structured and guided curriculum focused on theory-based learning
  • You want a longer time frame to think about your future specialisation
  • You want a faster and higher chance of getting into a local university
  • You prefer independent study instead of group work

Polytechnic

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Offering a wide selection of skill-oriented courses that fit a range of interests, a polytechnic education prepares students for the real world through networking opportunities with industry professionals as well as industrial attachments. Many polys also offer internships opportunities abroad – if you’re lucky enough, you might just find yourself doing your internships overseas!

Choose this if:

  • You prefer hands-on practical learning that will equip you with applicable real world skills
  • You have a desired field of study and want to gain a better insight into the industry
  • You want to be able to enter the workforce upon graduation
  • You thrive when working with others and love project-based assignments

Institute of Technical Education (ITE)

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The practical skills ITE students gain through their course of study act are highly sought after by employers. Offering students on-the-job exposure, you can choose between full-time courses or part-time traineeship programmes. 

Choose this if:

  • You prefer an engaging learning environment that places emphasis on technical and vocational skills
  • You want to make full use of apprenticeship opportunities with industry partners
  • You want to be able to enter the workforce and apply skills you’ve learnt upon graduation

Specialised Education

Focusing on niche programmes that allow you to explore your topic of interest in depth, specialised educations provide students with the relevant skills and expertise in that field of study, giving you an added advantage to excel in the industry.

Choose this if:

  • You have decided are are committed on a particular career path
  • You want better internship and job placement assistance that may lead to direct employment
  • You fancy having more well developed facilities at your disposal for all your learning needs

Private Education Institution (PEI)

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If you want to obtain an international certificate at the end of your studies without leaving the comforts of  Singapore, then private institutions are for you. With some courses taking as short as 18 months (full time) to complete, choosing this study path will allow you to graduate faster and enter the workforce sooner than all your peers. Part-time courses are also available.

Choose this if:

  • You want an international qualification without having to study abroad
  • You want to enter the workforce as quickly as possible
  • You want to have flexibility in enrollment due to there being multiple intakes per year

Overseas Education

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will see you becoming fully independent and self-sufficient, the networking sessions you will be exposed to studying abroad may also open doors to employment opportunities, should you decide to stay on after graduation. Do take note of the high cost of living if you’re going for this option though!

Choose this if:

  • You want an international qualification while at the same time experiencing student life abroad
  • You believe independent living encourages aptitude and personal growth
  • You want to immerse in new cultures and experiences, and meet people from all over the world

Choosing which educational pathway to embark on is one of the most crucial decisions you will have to make during your teenage years. We hope this overview helped you get closer to making an informed choice! 

Teenage Gorgeous You! 2017

If you’re headed down to Nanyang Polytechnic’s (NYP) Open House on 5 to 7 January, boy are you in for a treat. Not only has NYP planned a plethora of fun activities, showcases and workshops, they even have a Night Open House on 6 January for you to experience NYP at night! Here are 11 must-catch highlights over the entire NYP OH. 

School Your Parents 

Setting your educational pathway is a decision that should also involve your parents’ input. Help them get updated with the Choices After ‘O’s Parents’ Seminar, where they’ll gain more insights on post-secondary and post-ITE options, as well as learn tips to help you through the process and beyond so you won’t have to handle it alone. This talk isn’t just for parents, so pull up a chair and learn useful tips on how to join your preferred course, entry requirements for Joint Admissions Exercise, Polytechnic Foundation Programme, and more.

The Choices After ‘O’s Parents’ Seminar will be held on 6 January (Friday), 7pm at the NYP Auditorium. Sign up here for the seminar! 

Course and Career Exhibition 

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Undecided on which course to pursue or the career options available for your diploma of choice? Head to NYP Auditorium Lobby (Blk A, Central, Level 1) to find out all about NYP’s 47 diploma courses, including their new Diploma in Sustainable Architectural Design. There, you’ll be able to speak to experienced NYP lecturers and students across all seven schools, and learn more about NYP – its vibrant campus life, exciting CCAs, yummy food, learning experiences, and more. 

Be A Potential Scholarship Recipient

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Scoring a scholarship boosts your résumé, provides great networking opportunities, and also eases financial load – learn about some of the rewarding scholarships that NYP has to offer through the National Precision Engineering Scholarship (NPES) Seminar (7 January, 1pm onwards, two sessions available) and Scholarships @ School of IT Seminar (7 Jan, 11am). The former is offered to eligible students who enrol into NYP’s Diploma in Digital & Precision Engineering, while the latter offers various bond-free scholarships and opportunities available at School of IT. 

NPES Seminar
Date: 7 January (Saturday) 
Time: Session 1 – 1pm to 2:30pm, Session 2 – 3:30pm to 5pm
Venue: Blk S, Level 2, Lecture Theatre S-2, School of Engineering 
Click here for more info

Scholarships @ School of IT Seminar
Date: 7 January (Saturday)
Time: 11am to 1pm
Venue: Blk L, Level 3, Conference Room L.319, School of Information Technology
For registration or enquiries, please contact Mr Lawrence Tham at Lawrence_Tham@nyp.edu.sg or 6550 1711. 

NYP Scholarships & NYP-Industry Scholarships
Visit the Admissions Information Booth at the Course & Career Exhibition at Auditorium Lobby, Blk A, Level 1, for more information on these prestigious, bond-free scholarships awarded by NYP and their distinguished industry partners.

Get Toured Around Like A VIP 

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Check out NYP’s state-of-the-art facilities with ease by signing up for a guided school tour! Led by NYP student guides, view innovative projects created by students and soak up NYP’s learning environment – this will be the best way to ensure you get the full NYP experience without getting lost amidst the hustle and bustle. 

Sign up for a guided school tour at the Tour Registration Counter, Atrium, Blk A, Central, Level 1. 

Get Legit Career Advice

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If you have totally no inkling of what you’d like to pursue, approach NYP’s Education & Career Guidance (ECG) Centre where their ECG Counsellor will shed some light on the possible career paths that are suitable for your personality, interests and strengths via career profiling. Even if you do have an idea of what you’d like to do in the future, it wouldn’t hurt to get some professional advice to help you advance further. 

Career Interest Profiling (CIP) sessions run at 10.30am, 12.00pm, 2.30pm, 4.00pm daily. 

Make Your Own Gear

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Self-designed T-shirts, costumes, plush toys, robots, bespoke furniture, gadgets, skateboards and more – check out how NYP students create new innovations and get the chance to make your own swag at NYP’s MakerSpace (Blk P, Level 2). We foresee this spot to be pretty popular, so get there earlier to snag yourself some personalised gear. 

Listen To Young Talent  

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Watch the finalists of NYP Jam! sing their hearts out onstage in the final showdown – be it dynamic soloists or charismatic bands, the competition will be one to remember. Plus, you’ll get to see Mediacorp 987 DJ, Sonia Chew up close as she hosts this exciting event. 

The NYP Jam! finals will be happening at the NYP Night Open House on 6 January (Friday), from 7pm to 9pm at Atrium Stage, Blk A, Central, Level 1. 

Watch An Exciting Dance Battle

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There’s always something extra exciting about street dance competitions, and the NYP Groove! Finals will not disappoint. Gathering the best dance crews across the secondary schools and ITEs, this NYP signature event promises an epic finale as each team battles it out for the top spot. 

The NYP Groove! Finals will be happening on 7 January (Saturday), from 1pm to 2:30pm at Atrium Stage, Blk A, Central, Level 1.

Catch The Sam Willows ‘Live’

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Fans of local bands The Sam Willows and The Summer State rejoice! These popular acts will be performing at the NYP Night Open House from 6pm to 7pm as part of NYPTV on Air ‘Live’, so head over to the Atrium Stage (Blk A, Central, Level 1) to catch ’em live. 

Eat Your Heart Out

There will be plenty of food to feast on at NYP campus at super affordable prices, but there will be free nosh too! Swensen’s ice cream, popcorn, and candy floss will be available during the Night Open House, while there’ll be a a Grab-All You-Can candy booth stationed at the Atrium all throughout the Open House! Simply flash your secondary school ID and you’ll be able to grab as many of your favourite snacks as you can manage, completely for free. Where do we sign up? 

Chill and Play

Take advantage of NYP’s recreational facilities: their student recreation centre is open to public during the Open House and it has a cafe, pool table, air hockey tables, jamming and karaoke rooms, and even a gym. Just snag a spot and game away! 

NYP Open House details:
Date: 5 to 7 January 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm daily
Venue: 180 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8

NYP Night Open House
Date: 6 January
Time: 6pm – 11pm 

We hope you’ll have an awesome time at the NYP OH 2017! Click here for a digital map of the NYP campus and here for more info on NYP OH.   

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Teenage Gorgeous You! 2017

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