Scoring a place in a local university is tough enough, but these stellar graduates from Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) have achieved the rare academic feat of being accepted into the most prestigious universities around the world. Here are their success stories.

Lovell Ong, Imperial College London, UK

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Having found his calling since he was a child, Lovell’s love for engineering was sparked after watching a television advertisement of a watch morphing into another form, which piqued his curiosity of how materials are made. It comes as no surprise that he eventually chose to pursue his passion in NYP’s Diploma in Nanotechnology & Material Science, landing him a spot in the Imperial College London where he’s currently completing his direct Masters in Materials Science. 

“Nanotechnology is cutting-edge. We work on an atomic or molecular scale, so the possibilities are endless. What we may think is impossible today, may be possible in 20 or 30 years’ time,” the NYP School of Engineering graduate explains. “There are so many environmental issues these days. I hope to bring something new and useful to the market that can help save our planet.”

Julius Tan, Columbia University, USA

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Julius Tan is among the few who were accepted into Columbia University, and the School of Business Management alum is pursuing a degree in Political Science. Julius’ interest in philosophy and politics dates back to his days as an NYPian, where he represented the polytechnic in debate competitions through the Current Affairs and Debating Club.

He has since started his own non-profit organisation based in Columbia, which he again attributes to the foundation he got at NYP. “I would say my experience at NYP allowed me to make real choices,” he says. “And sometimes mistakes, which are very valuable if you learn from them. That has definitely benefited my experiences at Columbia University.” 

Rayden Chia Yong Xiang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

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Graduating from NYP’s School of Information Technology with a perfect grade point average of 4.0, Rayden was offered not one – but four places to read at some of the best institutions in the world: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, and New York University. He ultimately accepted the offer by MIT, where he reads computer science and engineering while working on information technology research at the institution’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

It was NYP that intensified his passion for IT: “Before NYP, IT was merely my interest. But now, I can spot industry trends, and possess business skills and knowledge that I can apply to the industry. The years I’ve spent at NYP were valuable and I am very appreciative of the support my lecturers have given me.”

As if his achievements aren’t impressive enough, Rayden also boasts multiple professional certifications from Red Hat, Microsoft and Oracle, and was also part of the winning team in the 2014 edition of the Microsoft Imagine Cup. The future looks bright for this budding tech whiz!

Fadzuli Said, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

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With a keen interest in role-playing table top games and video games since young, Fadzuli was sold on the possibility of creating exciting storylines in video games, which led him to enrol in the School of Interactive and Digital Media (SIDM) at NYP.

Fadzuli’s time at NYP was nothing short of spectacular as he received the Media Development Authority of Singapore IDM Award, which was given to the most outstanding student at SIDM. Not long after, he was offered direct entry as a Media Development Authority-ST Engineering scholar into a Masters of Entertainment Technology programme at the Carnegie Mellon University.

“It’s been a great three years here at NYP, and the technical know-hows I have garnered to develop mobile games have helped me greatly when I was reading my Masters.” Today, Fadzuli is a Chief Technology Officer at Mighty Bear Game, and also hopes to contribute to Singapore’s growing gaming industry in the future.

Marcus Tan, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

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With a heart to serve the elderly, Marcus has his mind set on becoming a medical practitioner. While aspiring medical students would have gone down the ‘A’ Level route, he decided to take the path less travelled as he took up the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences at NYP, which provided him a solid foundation for medical school.

However, it was during his internship stint at the Singapore General Hospital as a pharmacy technician that gave him renewed motivation to succeed in the medical field, hence enrolling into the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. “Through my frequent interactions with the elderly patients, it made me realise that I could serve them better as a doctor. I want to make sure they’re being well taken care of!”

Sheena Ramazanu, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

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Sheena has always lived her life with a big heart, but it was her father – who was a mental health nurse and a former nursing lecturer at NYP’s School of Health Sciences – who inspired her to become a professional nurse. Aspiring to follow in her father’s footsteps, she graduated with a Diploma in Nursing from NYP and is now on a scholarship to pursue her PhD in Family and Community Nursing at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

She still vividly recalls her first hospital attachment and having to break the news of a patient’s passing to the family members: “I realised that a nurse should help family members, not just the patient. The experience left an indelible mark on me, and reinforces my goal to become a nurse who cares for others.”

Ang Ying Xian, Pratt Institute, USA

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You might be familiar with the visual masterpieces of Ying Xian, whose brilliant works have been exhibited at the Singapore Art Museum, PHUNK Studio, and The National Library. She has also been published on The Straits Times, The Substation’s Issue magazine, and Matilda magazine.

After graduating from NYP’s School of Design, the burgeoning artist went on to pursue her Masters in Communication Design at Pratt Institute, which is regarded as one of the top colleges in the world for art and design. “My time at NYP laid a strong foundation for me in terms of technical skills, as it allows me to focus more on theory and my motivations towards being a designer at Pratt Institute. Here, I’m learning more than before and also gained lots of exposure to the international arts scene.”

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6 Interesting CCAs To Join In Poly

3 Jan 2018 by Teenage

Don’t limit your tertiary education to hitting the books and churning out assignments. Make the most out of your polytechnic experience by joining a CCA (or two!) to further your interests. And with Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) boasting a total of 84 diverse CCAs, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Here are six CCAs you should definitely check out!

#1 Live Audio

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There’s a DJ in the house! The mood makers of NYP, Live Audio Club gets the party going with atmospheric tunes – mixed by their very own members who’ve undergone extensive DJ training. Apart from mixing up sick beats, Live Audio also equips its members with the technical know-how to provide audio support for professional events. They’ve even brought the sound to outdoor parties such as the Paddle @ Seletar and Puma One Mile Run!

Live Audio member, Ryan Lua, recounts his most memorable event, “I was involved in the planning of one of NYP’s biggest event, MUSE. One of the highlights I had to plan was for an afterparty. We set up the lighting and atmosphere, and during the party, I DJ-ed live on stage along with the other members. Although it was short, I gave it my all so that everyone enjoyed the event.”

#2 Street Workout Club

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From parkour to gymnastics to bodyweight training, it seems like defying gravity is all in a day’s work for the Street Workout Club. If you’re looking for physically challenging exercises that’ll get your blood pumping with adrenaline and a bunch of fun friends to do it with, then this CCA is it.

#3 K-Wave

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Perfect for fans of the Hallyu Wave, be prepared to experience everything K-related. For aspiring K-pop stars in the making, join the club’s Vocal and Dance section, where you’ll learn the latest K-dance choreographies, belt out K-pop hits, and show off your newfound skills through event performances and exciting competitions. But while there’s a heavy focus on K-pop and K-dance, members also have the chance to explore Korean foods, lifestyles, and even learn about Korea’s rich history. And the club is supported by the Korean Embassy!

#4 Makers and Innovators Tribe

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Calling all hobbyists, crafters and artists-in-the-making (no pun intended)! The Makers and Innovator Tribe is a dream come true for those who love tinkering around – this unique CCA will link you up with like-minded folks to network and further explore creative collaborations. Plus, it’s supported by MakerSpaceNYP, which houses all the equipment and materials you’ll need to bring your project to fruition. 3D printers, here we come!

#5 The Communicators

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Have a flair for social media? You could also become an ambassador for the poly with prospective students. This awesome CCA brings together the brightest sparks within NYP and members have a hand in handling the poly’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. Members also organise Open House activities and recruitment camps, and get training in public-speaking, event management and leadership.

#6 Strongman Club

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Do you lift? Whether you’re new to weightlifting or a seasoned pro, the fitness junkies at the Strongman Club will have you dead-lifting, squatting and training your way to a ripped bod and an even stronger mind. It’s time to push your body and mind to the limit – are you ready?

Want more insights on the exciting CCAs that NYP has to offer? Head down to the NYP Open House on 4 to 6 January 2018 to find out more! 

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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!

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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

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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!

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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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