I discovered my passion and did not hesitate to apply via EAE

Wong Kah Xuan

Graduate (Diploma in Food Science & Nutrition)

 

I never really thought much about food and nutrition until I developed stress related stomach issues in Secondary Three. After consulting a dietician, I realised that making better nutritional choices was key to becoming healthier. That inspired me and sparked my interest in the field.

I decided to pursue my interest and began looking for a related diploma course. I discovered that NYP was the only polytechnic in Singapore that offered a Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition. That was when I knew it was the course for me, and I made the decision to apply for it through the EAE — it was the only course I applied for.

I was so relieved after I secured a spot through the EAE. It was as though a heavy burden had been taken off my shoulders, as the EAE during my year of application was very competitive. Perhaps because I was more relaxed, I also managed to score well for my O-levels.

Coming into NYP was a refreshing and memorable experience. I was given many opportunities to learn more about not just the course, but myself as well. My interest in the course spurred my academic achievements – I managed to make the Director’s List five times, and graduated top of my course as an NYP Gold Medallist.

Some of my best memories in NYP include receiving the A*STAR Science Award (Polytechnic), awarded to Year Two and Three students who have outstanding academic achievements and are passionate in science and research, and going on an internship at A*STAR.

I acquired many new skills during this internship; I got to discover what it was like to be a researcher in the industry and worked on a research project that focused on ways to replace butter in baking to make healthier Asian pastries, and to make these pastries easier for digestion.

I hope to establish a career in the field of food and nutrition, and I’ll work hard to pursue my interest.