Planning to join in the Polytechnic Open House festivities? From 4 to 6 January 2018, prepare yourself for a whirlwind of activities! To help you make the most out of your experience, here’s what you can expect at each campus.

Nanyang Polytechnic

NYP Open House
Date: 4 to 6 January 2018
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: 180 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8 (Near Yio Chu Kang MRT Station)

NYP Night Open House
Date: 5 January 2018
Time: 6pm – 11pm

What to check out:

  • For those who enjoy getting crafty, drop by NYP’s MakerSpace (Blk P, Level 2) where you get to DIY your own gear with the help of NYP innovators – think self-designed T-shirts, personalised skateboards and even mechanised robots.
  • Come nightfall, get ready for a star-studded affair with celebrity performers such as our very own ShiGGa Shay set to grace the Atrium Stage (Blk A, Central, Level 1) during the NYP Night Open House.
  • Look forward to a song and dance extravaganza as you witness the finals of the NYP Jam! Singing Competition and NYP Groove! Street Dance Competition, also happening at the NYP Night Open House. Head on down to show your support for your favourite teams!
  • Before scooting off to your next location, don’t forget to snap a wefie with your squad at the social media photobooth located at the Atrium!

Temasek Polytechnic

TP Open House
Date: 4 to 6 January 2018
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: 21 Tampines Avenue 1

What to check out:

  • Immerse yourself in 360-degree virtual reality experiences at the School of Engineering, which will take you from a safari park to a giant aquarium.
  • Shopaholics can even go on a massive shopping spree at 1st Avenue, a retail training simulation store run by TP students.
  • Meet next-level technology inventions such as TP’s resident social robot Bobbie. Psst… this little guy can often be found roaming the library grounds!
  • Don’t miss the plethora of fun-filled workshops lined up for you! From making your own slime, to flexing your public speaking skills in front of an actual camera, to taking flight in a simulator aircraft, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Sign up for the workshops here.

Republic Polytechnic

RP Open House
Date: 4 to 6 January 2018
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: 9 Woodlands Ave 9

What to check out:

  • Selfie sticks are so 2017 – take a drone wefie instead! At the School of Engineering, you’ll have the chance to hone your aerial skills and try your hand at piloting a Quadcopter.
  • Or how about testing your dexterity by attempting a rock climbing wall or take a swing at a game of golf? The School of Sports, Health and Leisure will allow such opportunities, and who knows… you might join a related course or CCA in the future!
  • Delve deeper into the world of biomedical science by stepping foot into the Human Anatomy Museum at the School of Applied Sciences.
  • Building the perfect resume? Groom yourself for a killer first impression with a quick makeover and have your professional photo taken at the School of Hospitality.

Singapore Polytechnic

SP Open House
Date: 4 to 6 January 2018
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: 500 Dover Road

What to check out:

  • With 46 courses to choose from, you’re bound to find something that piques your interest. Head down to the various course booths for an in-depth look at your prospects.
  • SP is also to over 100 CCA clubs and interest groups! From street dancers flexing their best moves to the cheerleading squad defying gravity, catch these talented crews in their full glory.
  • While you’re enjoying the exciting performances put up by the various CCAs, go ahead and immerse yourself in the multitude of fringe activities taking place at the SP Plaza, including henna painting, silkscreen printing on eco bags and more!
  • Explore the wide array of impressive facilities available at SP, such as the AeroHub space that houses state-of-the-art aircraft.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

NP Open House
Date: 4 to 6 January 2018
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: 535 Clementi Road

What to check out:

  • Still unsure of your future? Sign up for the Find Your Dream Course workshop at [email protected] where the good folks of NP will help you discover which courses are suitable for you. Limited spaces are available, so be sure to register ASAP.
  • Ever wonder how the learning environment in NP is like? Attend the bite-sized starter classes at the various schools to experience being an NP student – from curating a mini exhibition at the School of Humanities & Social Sciences, to developing your own virtual reality game at the School of Infocomm Technology. Sign up for the starter classes here.
  • Freebies galore – snag on awesome swag bags, an exclusive T-shirt, lanyards and other goodies. Oh, and not forgetting free-flow candy floss and popcorn!

Featured image credit: Singapore Polytechnic

While you’re there, be sure to drop by the Teenage booth at each polytechnic ’cause we’ve also prepared tons of fun games and activities for y’all. See you there!

More related stories: The Ultimate Guide To Poly Open House 2017 (Part One), The Ultimate Guide To Poly Open House 2017 (Part 2)Don’t Miss These Exciting Activities At The NYP Open House 2018!

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It’s the Open House season! For those of you who are heading down to the Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) Open House, we’ve got you covered with these to-dos so you can enjoy the full NYP experience. Let’s go!

First, take a wefie

Before the crowd starts to gather, make a beeline for the social media photo booth located at the atrium for a group photo with your squad. Get your wefie printed on the spot, and off you go to explore the campus grounds!

Snag free swag bags

nyp open house 2018 goodie bags

Like every other kiasu Singaporean, redeeming an awesome goodie bag for yourself at the Open House should always be at the top of your checklist. We’re expecting these babies to be snapped up real quick, so be sure to pre-register your interest to secure yourself a goodie bag.

Try your hand at making your own gear

NYP Makerspace

Fancy getting crafty? Pop by NYP’s MakerSpace at Blk P, Level 2 where you can experience the freedom to create anything you can imagine with the help of NYP innovators – think self-designed T-shirts, quirky costumes, adorable plush toys, personalised skateboards, mechanised robots… you name it. You can even take home your own customised notebook and tote bag!

Get firsthand deets on your desired course

NYP Course & Career Exhibition

Have yet to decide on your diploma of choice? Head down to the Course & Career Exhibition at the Auditorium Lobby (Blk A, Central, Level 1) to find out more about NYP’s 44 Diploma courses and three Engineering programmes, including the new Diploma in Robotics and Mechatronics. There, you’ll get to speak to experienced lecturers and students from all seven schools, and gain a deeper insight on the learning environment and campus life at NYP.

Score yourself a scholarship

NYP Scholarship Seminars

NYP offers plenty of scholarships to help fund your studies, while providing you with grooming opportunities to boost your resume. Students who enrolled into the Diploma in Digital & Precision Engineering are eligible for the National Precision Engineering Scholarship, while those who are interested in taking up a course in Information Technology can check out the various bond-free scholarships available at the School of IT.

National Precision Engineering Scholarship Seminar
Session 1: 6 January (Sat), 1pm – 2.30pm
Session 2: 6 January (Sat), 3.30pm – 5pm
Venue: School of Engineering, Blk S, Level 2, Lecture Theatre S-2

Scholarships @ School of IT Seminar
Session: 6 January (Sat), 11am – 1pm
Venue: School of Information Technology, Blk L, Level 3 Conference Room L 319

For more information on the other bond-free scholarships available, visit the Admissions Information Booth at the Course & Career Exhibition.

Go on immersive campus tours

NYP Guided Tours

Aside from seminars and workshops, go on the guided campus tours where you’ll get to check out NYP’s state-of-the-art facilities, view innovative projects created by students and immerse yourself into the inspiring learning environment. After all, this might just be the place you’ll soon call second home, so why not take the chance to familiarise yourself with the area?

CCA showcases galore!

NYP CCA Showcase

Don’t forget the plethora of CCAs showcases! Take your pick from the diverse array of extra-curricular activities available at NYP, all while enjoying the exciting line-up of performances put up by the student talents. From hip-hop stages to martial arts displays, vocal performances to outdoor adventure demos, you’re in for a smashing good time!

Get the chance to meet ShiGGa Shay

ShiGGa Shay

Last year, we had The Sam Willows and The Summer State – this year, it’s ShiGGa Shay’s turn to take the stage at the NYP Night Open House on 5 January. The homegrown rapper will be performing his discography of rap-heavy hits as part of the NYPTV On Air ‘Live’ from 6pm to 7pm, so drop by the Atrium Stage (Blk A, Central, Level 1) to catch the ‘Lion City Kia’ in action! 

Be treated to enthralling vocal performances

NYP Jam 2018

Lots of fun activities await during the NYP Night Open House, but what we’re particularly looking forward to is the much-anticipated finals of the NYP Jam! Singing Competition happening from 7pm to 9pm at the Atrium Stage. Hosted by Mediacorp 987 DJ Kimberly Wang, watch the singing hopefuls as they belt out their best in a bid to impress the crowd. 

Join in the dance party

Party @ NYP

The party’s just getting started! From 9pm to 11pm, the Atrium Stage will then be transformed into a full-blown dancefloor with student DJs from NYP’s very own Live Audio Club hitting the decks for a super-charged dance fest.

Witness the final showdown of NYP Groove!

NYP Groove

Last but not least, show your support for the talented dance crews that will be battling it out for the crowning glory at the NYP Groove! 2018 Street Dance Competition finals on 6 January, 1pm. We’ve seen ’em slay at the auditions, and we can’t wait to find out which team will emerge victorious!

NYP Open House 2018
Date: 4 to 6 January 2018
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: Nanyang Polytechnic, 180 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8 (Near Yio Chu Kang MRT Station)

NYP Night Open House 2018
Date: 5 January 2018
Time: 6pm – 11pm

Check out more event highlights of the NYP Open House here!

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With 2018 just around the corner, it’s time to prep your list of New Year’s resolutions for the year ahead. But instead of striving for the usual materialistic goals, why not put your mental well-being first for a change? Here are some ways to feel more content and satisfied about yourself. 

See The World

see the world

Learning about different cultures and seeing how people live in other parts of the world is a deeply enriching and character- building experience. You’ll learn to appreciate the things you have and pick 
up good practices from others, whether it’s punctuality, friendliness or healthy-eating habits. Even if you’re tight on a student’s budget, there are many ways to travel for cheap so it’s best to do it at this point in life when you have little to no heavy responsibilities. The world’s your oyster!

Treat Yourself

You don’t have to splurge on fancy things to make yourself feel cherished. Instead, pamper yourself
 with a warm bath,
 an indulgent dessert and lots of ‘me’ time. Most people might not understand why you would get a manicure, hair spa or facial if there’s no special occasion coming up, but doing it just because it makes you feel happy is all the reason you need. You deserve it!

Open Up

People Person

Maintaining privacy is okay, as long as you still feel comfortable sharing things with others when you feel you want to. Don’t keep your feelings bottled up when you feel you’ve been treated unfairly, and don’t be afraid to reach out to trusted friends to share your worries. Tell them if you just want a listening ear, or ask them for advice if that’s what you need. Feeling connected to others helps you feel more optimistic, and also lessens the weight on your shoulders.

Social Circle Purge

Do you walk away from your friends feeling drained, lousy and depressed all the time? Maybe you’re hanging out with the wrong crowd. If your pals stir up too much drama, get you in trouble all the time or make you feel unworthy, these people don’t deserve your time and attention. Make new friends and start being treated kindly, the way you were meant to.

Improve Your Skills

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Got a knack for languages, singing, or dancing? Honing your talents can make
 you feel more positive about yourself, not to mention it could even lead to a potential career path down the road. Filling your time with healthy habits also makes you feel more fulfilled, and one can never get tired of doing something you enjoy, right? To make hobby time extra productive, come up with some creative ways to express it that no one has ever seen before!

Be Grateful

It’s natural to get hung up on things you don’t have, but most of us tend to
 take for granted what we already do. Besides keeping a gratitude journal to note down everything good that happens to you, try going a week without complaining or gossiping – and instead share compliments freely, accept them gracefully, and attempt to be more patient when you feel things aren’t going as planned. See every day asa gift, and be excited for all the little pleasant surprises that come to you.

Social Media Detox

Your friends can’t all
 have perfect lives, yet they seem to on social media. People will only show what they want online; just think about how many Instagram and YouTube stars have dropped out of the race because 
they admitted they felt ingenuine. When you’ve had enough of your friends’ humble brags, travel snaps and flawless selfies, simply put the apps on hiatus and focus on your own real and ever-fabulous life instead.

Forgive And Forget

Forgive and Forget

Do you trudge into class every morning fuming over something? Keep 
in mind that people generally have good intentions, and don’t take offence so easily. When you find yourself getting peeved, go for a walk or sweat out all the emotions with a workout. Or better yet, share your thoughts with the other party instead of racking up negativity.

This article was adapted from Vol.30 Issue 1 issue of Teenage Magazine. 

What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2018? Share with us in the comments section below!

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Interested in becoming an Early Childhood Educator? Reach into your heart and find out whether you have what it takes to join the Early Childhood Education family!

Between planning for lessons, supervising a classroom of hyperactive toddlers all day and dealing with parents, being an early childhood educator is more than just child’s play. Not only do they help to provide the next generation with an enriching experience, they also play an important role in nurturing them for the future. At the end of the day, it is a truly rewarding career that will make a great impact on the lives of others. Here are eight common traits Early Childhood Educators possess. 


While early childhood educators have an optimistic outlook on life that never fails to brighten up the moods of those around them, these peppy teachers’ good attitudes also encourage students to adopt positive mindsets.


Brimming with creativity, early childhood educators are constantly on the lookout for meaningful ways to engage the little ones. They aren’t afraid to switch things up – whether it’s trying out fresh teaching strategies or incorporating cool projects into daily lessons, their interesting methods prove that learning can be fun too. 


Passionate about teaching and eager to impart their knowledge, this trait helps teachers infect their students with the same enthusiasm for learning. They’re also receptive to students’ feedback (all the better to improve their lessons with!) and seek to facilitate the best learning environment for the little ones. 


At such an impressionable age, children need good role models who offer proper care and guidance. Early childhood educators lead as prime examples, and are always friendly and approachable. 


Every teaching experience is unique but one thing’s for sure; all good teachers are always patient with their students. Be it adapting to little ones’ different developmental speeds or giving rambunctious children repeated reminders, early childhood educators will be able to see any task through with a smile thanks to their unending patience.


It may come as a surprise, but teaching is only part of a wider range of job scopes a teacher has! From planning out lessons to grading papers to organising the occasional school event and more, these busy bees are constantly on the go. But they’re able to effectively manage their responsibilities thanks to good time management skills and a knack for staying efficiently organised.


The best teachers are unfailingly understanding and recognise the value of every individual. They posses amazing listening skills and will readily offer a helping hand to any student who needs assistance. 


Early childhood educators are constantly kept on their toes. As such, having the flexibility to change things up – be it adapting to individual learning styles or handling unforeseen circumstances – is essential to keep the class moving forward on a positive note. 

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A fast-paced industry that plays a pivotal role in shaping society, having a career in the media is both a challenging yet rewarding one. Just ask Vanessa Soong and Aiden Mar – currently enrolled in the International Foundation Diploma in Mass Communications at Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), their education has given them valuable insights for what’s in store. 

For Vanessa, it took dipping her toes in another route to find out her true passion. “I was initially studying tourism at a local polytechnic. However, it wasn’t the right fit for me,” Vanessa revealed. Having had an avid interest in media and the way it is used to influence and spread information, she rationalised, “The media is very much integrated in everyone’s lives, and to be realistic, there are a lot of opportunities within the industry – it will continue to grow.” 

Vanessa’s search for a tertiary institution offering mass communications led her to MDIS. “Apart from the course syllabus being very structured, MDIS is one of the private institutions which offers television and radio studio facilities to further supplement their media programmes.” Swayed by that advantage, she enrolled into the course. 

Vanessa (far right) pictured with her classmates on an industry visit to the museum

“My friend, who studied mass communications in polytechnic, was looking through my course book and she mentioned that there were certain aspects which she had not learned in poly,” Vanessa shares. “Even though the course is only eight months, it is very condensed and loaded with information.” Aidan concurs. 

Photo: Aidan Mar

The 19-year-old is an aspiring sports journalist whose lacklustre academic results gave him limited choices when it came to the polytechnic route. “MDIS is quite a reputable private institution, so I decided to enrol in the course.” Initially, he had assumed that the course load wouldn’t be as intense as compared to polytechnic. “There were a lot of assignments, tutorials and group projects,” Aiden shares. Throughout the course, he realised that there was more to the job than writing articles, “There’s a lot of work and time consumed, and you have to make many sacrifices in order to be the top player in the industry.”

This observation came after hearing their lecturers relate personal stories from years of being in the media. One lecturer stood out to them. “Our lecturer from the TV & Radio Production module shared about his journalistic experience while covering the Vietnam War.” Vanessa shared with a tinge of pride, “He is really quite cool. He was sharing with us about how he attended protests. He was also at one of the late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew’s speeches and he kept the microphone from the event at home.” Aiden adds, “We are able to imagine what really happens on ground, rather than just living through the textbooks.” 

Coincidentally, both Aidan and Vanessa’s favourite module is TV & Radio Production, where they had a chance to get hands-on through an assignment which required students to produce a talk show. Interestingly, each chose a different role.

Vanessa pictured in the MDIS TV studio

Comfortable in front of the camera, Aidan secured the role of popular musician, Kanye West, where he was interviewed in a talk show format. In contrast, Vanessa, who enjoys watching Korean variety shows, rose to the challenge of being a producer. “You have to be very alert as there are many things going on at once. You have to take note of which cameras are rolling, make sure your equipment is working properly – especially when you’re going live.” The experience helped her realise what her desired next step was: to work in media production. Already making plans for the future, Vanessa reveals that she would work towards scoring a relevant internship in the field. 

So what words of advice would Vanessa and Aidan share with those who are thinking of joining the media industry? “Be prepared for what it takes. The world of media can be quite cut throat and it won’t be as easy or straightforward. There are many career options in the media, and you have to be prepared to experience all of them.” Aidan concludes, “If you would like to secure your education in a practical and time efficient manner, come to MDIS! It’s really an enriching experience.”

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Intrigued by Aidan and Vanessa’s experiences? Find out more about MDIS’ Mass Communications programmes here

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