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Pavindhiran Kannan
Diploma in Aeronautical & Aerospace Technology
(Year 2)
Montfort Secondary School alumnus

Poly life has been an absolute blast! I have had the opportunity to travel and compete in track and field events but I am not falling behind at school either – and am still making the Director’s List. My bridging year with the Poly Foundation Programme made all the difference. Not only do you do modules that help you prepare for year 1, you also get to be part of NYP’s community and CCAs. It’s opened up so many avenues and wonderful experiences.

1. What was your reaction when your PFP application was successful?
I literally jumped for joy! It was great (and, quite a huge relief, to be honest) to know that I would be getting directly into the poly without the stress of depending on my O-Level results. Hooray!

2. Would you recommend the PFP to your juniors?
Absolutely! It can guarantee you a place to study your preferred diploma, while letting you skip the O Levels. You will also get the advantage of easily transiting to the poly culture, curriculum, learning style and pace – much earlier than the other poly freshmen. In fact, I’d encourage them to grab the opportunity. The PFP has helped a lot in getting me prepared for my diploma and adjusted to poly life.

3. What do you like about NYP?
Oh, there’s so much to share: the environment, facilities and people, especially my friends and CCA teammates. After a long hectic day in school, we can simply pop by T-junction (that’s pretty much a student-only hang out facility) to chillax and have fun. There’re also great facilities for active students like me, such as the gym, hockey pitch, stadium, swimming pool, indoor sports hall, tennis courts, and more.

4. We see that you are doing really well in your CCA. How do you juggle the demands of your studies and CCA?
That’s right! In 2017, I travelled to Hong Kong and represented NYP in the Watsons Athletic Club (WAC) competition. Then, I took part in the Singapore Athletics Inter-Club Championships 2018, where our team won the silver medal in the 4x100m relay. I’ve also participated in the Poly-ITE competition 2019 recently, and took home the bronze medal in the 100m individual race.

It’s never easy to juggle between studies and the CCA – it takes effort and discipline. And, it’s all about time management. While I make time to train, I’ll also have to make sure that I’m on top of my studies. Thankfully, I’m coping well so far. I’ve been on the Director’s list for every semester. 😊

5. What do you wish to do after graduating from NYP?
I want to further my studies in a university after getting my diploma. I also can’t wait to get my licensed aircraft engineer certificate very soon *fingers cross*



Celine Lee Xiang Yi
Diploma in Nursing
(Year 3)
Bukit Panjang Government High School alumna

I’ve been given many opportunities and much exposure to develop professionally - including an overseas study trip to Japan, an internship in the US, a mentorship programme and several clinical attachments. Looking back, I’ve absolutely no regrets with my decision.

1. Why did you choose to pursue nursing?
My mother was a staff nurse who used to do house visits to assess elderly patients’ abilities to cope physically and mentally. She also trained their helpers to take proper care of them. On some occasions, I would tag along, and I saw how she treated her patients – with much compassion and care. Her support also brought relief and assurance to their caregivers. I realised then, how a nursing professional could make such a significant and positive impact in lives. She truly inspired me to follow suit.

I graduated with an N-level score of 6. Many have commented that I could have gotten into any course I’d wanted, so why choose nursing? Simply, I find a lot of joy and meaning in this profession, and caring for others. 😊

2. What did you like best about PFP?
The Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) prepared me well for poly life – I studied relevant modules pertaining to my diploma course and, it definitely gave me an edge in the first year.

3. Would you recommend your secondary school juniors to apply for the PFP?
Totally! You can make the most out of your “year zero” in poly (that’s what we call it): we learn more, make many friends and have loads of fun 🙃 Before you know it, you’re breezing into your first year!

4. Tell us about your experience in NYP.
I’ve just returned from my overseas internship programme at the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in the US. I’m thankful to be given such an opportunity – it was one of the best experiences.

Prior to this, I was on a study trip to Hamamatsu, Japan. I was fascinated by how the Japanese incorporate advanced technology into patient care.

For eight months, I was also involved in the Harvard Business School Club of Singapore’s mentorship programme. It provided an experience that focused on personal and professional development.

5. What about your clinical attachments?
I went on clinical attachments every semester to explore the different disciplines, and to put my learning into practice. I picked up new skills and observed procedures. More importantly, I got to interact with healthcare experts, patients and their family members. It prepared me for the workplace and gave me a taste of being an actual staff nurse. I’m all set and raring to go!



Chan Yong Jie
Diploma in Financial Informatics
(Year 2)
Christ Church Secondary School alumnus

Chan Yong Jun
Diploma in Accountancy & Finance
(Year 2)
Christ Church Secondary School alumnus

Twins Yong Jie and Yong Jun used their N-level results and enrolled into NYP’s Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) – and here is where they discovered their strong potential. With the PFP’s bridging year, they were able to learn the fundamentals and set the path for their sterling performance. Both have been on the Director’s list for every semester so far, and they are also current NYP scholars.

1. What did you like best about the PFP?
(Yong Jie) PFP helped me adjust to poly life and built a strong foundation in my field of study. I had no programming background then, it seemed a huge challenge to me. I was on the verge of giving up, when my very approachable and helpful lecturers went the extra mile to coach and encourage me to push myself and keep going. I’m presently coping well in the Diploma in Financial Informatics, and I’ve attained a GPA of 4.0 to date. YAAAS!

(Yong Jun) I made a good bunch of friends during my PFP 😊. It also gave me time to adapt to a different learning environment. Initially, I wasn’t confident about doing well in my course as I did not study Principles of Accounts during secondary school. However, the PFP bridged this gap very effectively, and this boosted my confidence. I’m now doing well in the Diploma in Accountancy & Finance, and my current GPA is 3.94.

2. Would you encourage your secondary school juniors to apply to the PFP? What reasons would you share?
(Yong Jie) You get to skip your O Levels and pursue what you want to do. The PFP offers a focused route to your preferred field of study, and it provides you with that additional year to transit to poly life – both academically and socially. I’d say: Go for it!

(Yong Jun) I would strongly encourage Sec 4N(A) students to apply for the PFP. It gives you an advantage over your peers who join later: you get to make many more friends, and be taught by lecturers who will help you prepare to start the diploma course. You will also have more opportunities to sharpen your various technical skills and leadership capabilities in your CCAs – just by being a year earlier.

3. What has your NYP experience been like so far?
(Yong Jie) I had a chance to go on a 2-week Overseas Immersion Programme to Chengdu, China, where I visited Huawei's research centre. The new technologies and R&D done there – truly an eye-opener!

I’ve also participated in the TFSCALE (Temasek Foundation Specialist Community Action and Leadership Exchange) – a student leadership exchange programme that provided holistic learning and cross-cultural sharing experiences. With my Vietnamese counterparts, we came up with ideas and solutions through technology and research. We also shared experiences and fostered friendships.

(Yong Jun) I had opportunities to take part in many competitions such as the SMU Accounting Challenge 2019, Deloitte-ICAEW Business Case Challenge 2019 and the National Cashflow Competition 2019. The extensive exposure let me expand my network, and work with industry professionals and students from other higher learning institutions.

I’ve also had the chance to go overseas and broadened my horizons. I participated in the Youth Expedition Project in Hainan, where I had to teach a class on my own. I learnt to manage a big group of students, and most importantly, engage them!

4. What do you wish to do after graduating with your diplomas?
(Yong Jie & Yong Jun) We are aiming for Uni 😊

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