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! 

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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)

Junior College
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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


Image: Nanyang Polytechnic

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)

Private Education
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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! 

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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 



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


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 [email protected] 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 



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


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



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  


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



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.   

Photos: NYP

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It’s official, The Tee Guys has made school merch actually cool. Here’s how they did it.

(From left to right, Simon Ng and Bryan Lian)

When the word got out that Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) has launched an exclusive streetwear available exclusively in D’Studio, it was gone before many could even check them out! Yup, this latest collection of NYP tees was designed by NYP’s very own students Simon Ng Wei Hao (Diploma in Business Management) and Bryan Lian Jenn Yi (Diploma in Engineering with Business).


Simon, a final-year student, was attached to D’Studio during his Teaching Enterprise Project (TEP) was first intrigued by how well the NYP tees were selling. He toyed with the idea of creating NYP’s first ever streetwear collection with his buddy Bryan Lian Jenn Yi, also a final-year student but from the Diploma in Engineering with Business. Both of them shared a common interest in fashion trends and thought they could design something new.

With encouragement from D’Studio’s TEP lecturers, they researched on the creative elements of streetwear. Eventually, they came up with a Japanese-inspired design that cleverly used Japanese words and an assortment of shapes. The tees were in two basic colours – black and white –commonly used in streetwear.


Simon was also guided by his TEP’s lecturers on how to source and negotiate with suppliers to print the tees. Imagine their astonishment and ecstasy when they found out that the first batch of 300 pieces were snapped up within a few days! Not to mention, they had just replenished their inventory with a new batch of T-shirts and already some sizes were out of stock.

Inspired with their success, Simon and Bryan decided to set up their own company and started work on new and exciting designs. Named The Tee Guys, their new collection was showcased during the NYP Entrepreneurial Fair in December, and it was a great success.

Images: NYP

Simon and Bryan have turned their idea into reality. With NYP nurturing them, their first step has taken off beautifully. Because We Can!

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In this segment, we highlight Open House activities at each poly to include into your itinerary. From music performances to CCA showcases to dance competitions, there’ll definitely be something you’d want to catch! Check out part one of our Ultimate Guide To Poly Open House 2017 here


Photo: NYP

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

  • Catch the epic finals of NYP Groove! 2017 (7 Jan, 1pm to 2:30pm) as the super talented dance crews battle it out onstage. It’s a street dance competition to remember! 
  • Create your own personalised tote bags, customised T-shirts, robots, skateboards and more at NYP MakerSpace (Block P, Level 2). 
  • Campus tours are pretty much happening throughout the Open House – they have different routes so be sure to make sure you’ll be visiting the facilities/schools of your choice. Register at the Tour Registration Counter (Atrium, Blk A, Central, Level 1).

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

  • Show your support for the finalists of the NYP Jam! singing competition (7pm to 9pm), hosted by 987 DJ, Sonia Chew. 
  • From 6pm to 7pm, NYPTV On Air ‘Live’ features pulsating performances by NYP’s very own dance crew, Foreign Bodies, along with local bands The Sam Willows and The Summer State!

Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP)

NP Open House
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NP Open House details:
Date: 5 to 7 January 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm daily
Venue: 535 Clementi Road, Singapore 599489

  • Have an immersive experience of being an NP student by signing up to spend A Day with NP Fam where you’ll get to preview your dream course. Starting from 11am onwards, these previews range from Drawing For Animation (School of Infocom Technology), to Design Possibilities with 3D Printing (School of Design & Environment) to Take Flight (School of Engineering). 
  • Workshops and talks will be on-going throughout the NP Open House, including Admission Talks for O- and N-Level and ITE students. Full schedule here.
  • Check out the various CCA exhibitions and workshops at NP’s PoCCAmon Showcase, while capturing sightings of sports demos (12pm – 5pm), fun performances (Admin Field2, 2pm-6pm (5 and 6 Jan), 11:30am to 6pm (7 Jan) and more! 
  • Parents can register for the All About Poly Education: A Forum For Parents (10am and 2:30pm, Convention Centre, Level 2) – all their burning questions will definitely be answered here. 
  • NP’s digital savviness is pretty impressive. Not only do they have an app (iTunes App Store, Google Play Store) for you to find out more about their courses beforehand, they also have a super cool interactive map to help you get around campus. And they’ve even prepped a 360 video tour for you in case you miss a faculty tour. 

Republic Polytechnic (RP)

RP Open House
Photo: RP

RP Open House details:
Date: 5 to 7 January 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm daily
Venue: 9 Woodlands Avenue 9, Singapore 738964

  • Before heading down to RPOH, take RP’s personality quiz to help you determine what which school suits you the best. Take the quiz here
  • Experience RP’s state-of-the-art facilities at each school, including an anatomy museum, an interactive touch pool, a live television recording set and a virtual aerodrome simulator! 
  • Besides exploring each faculty, be sure to participate in the special activities each school has prepared to showcase its uniqueness.  
  • RP’s School of Hospitality is looking or its next #SOH star! Aside from free etiquette, grooming and makeup workshops, attendees an also take part in the #SOHstar Photo Contest and stand to win attractive prizes.  
  • Win up to $500 worth of Capita Vouchers by taking part in the Instagram Contest that’ll be ongoing throughout RPOH, simply by snapping a creative selfie with the RP bear and uploading it on Instagram! Check out the details here

Singapore Polytechnic (SP)

SP Open House
Photo: SP

SP Open House details:
Date: 5 to 7 January 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm daily
Venue: 500 Dover Road, Singapore 139651 (Beside Dover MRT) 

  • Hope onto SP’s campus tour bus and get a peek at unique spaces such as a navigation simulator, a fully integrated communications agency, a music production studio and even a cyber wargame centre. 
  • Enjoy performances by student clubs, including dance, cheerleading, mixed martial arts and more at the SP Plaza. Alternatively, find out more about their over 100 CCA clubs by visiting the SP CCA Booths at Eleven². 
  • Drop by the Career Interest Profiling Booth at the Convention Centre where you’ll receive a detailed analysis of your recommended career path based on your personality and interests. Also, discover your potential career options with this fun SP Personality Quiz.  
  • SP also offers Course Counseling with SP lecturers and students – learn more about the courses of your interest so that you can make an informed decision. 

Temasek Polytechnic (TP)

TP Open House
Image: Temasek Poly

TP Open House details:
Date: 5 to 7 January 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm daily
Venue: Temasek Convention Centre, 21 Tampines Avenue 1, Singapore 529757

  • Get around campus easily – TP has a campus shuttle that’ll bring you from point A (Temasek Tourism Academy) all the way to point H (Glocal Connect Village). Check out their pick up points here
  • Fancy trying out radio broadcasting, DNA fingerprinting, virtual reality games or even being part of a live fashion runway? Immerse in interactive activities that’ll open your eyes to what the courses are truly about. 
  • Find out what’s in store for you after your O-Levels by attending the Beyond O-Levels Seminar (7 Jan, 10am) that will address any questions you have about pursuing a poly education. After which, there will be a guided tour to the school of your choice. Register here
  • TP will be hosting School Talk sessions dedicated to individual schools (5 and 6 Jan, 12pm onwards), so grab a seat to find out more about the school you’re interested in. Each session lasts about 40 minutes. 
  • N-Level students who are interested in finding out more about TP’s Polytechnic Foundation Programme can speak to TP’s counsellors at their Course Counseling Area, located at Campus Tour Pickup point D.  

The Poly Open Houses will be overwhelming, but we hope our guides will make your experience an enjoyable (and fruitful) one. Check out part one of our Ultimate Open House Guide here. Keep your eyes peeled for the Teenage booth at each poly and pay us a visit to score awesome goodie bags. Last but not least, read all about Poly education and more in our  January 2017 Passport To Your Future

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