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45 Questions with Gwenlyn, Singapore (Ngee Ann Polytechnic)

Gloria Ho

Meet Gwenlyn. A current student at Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP), who is in her first year of Diploma studies in Business Studies. And she is a local student from Singapore. 


1. What school do you study in? 

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

2. Do you/others have a nickname for the school? 


3. Why did you choose this school? 

This school is reknowned for their business course.

Scene (Questions that give hints of the school culture) 

4. What is a scene that you often see in the school? 

Students working on different things be it school work or their own projects.

5. What is one thing that you wish you knew before enrollment? 

I found out most of what I needed to know before coming here.

6. Your school is great, but if you could change one thing, what would it be? 

I would provide internal shuttle bus service.

7.  And if there’s one thing you’d never change? 

The camp culture. We have a lot of camps, not just orientation camps but also student planned camps.

8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? 


9. When you meet a new friend for the first time and you have to describe your school with one word, what would it be? 


10. What is one place in the school that you are proud of? 

Studio 27 – it’s a chill hangout place for students where students can book the gaming consoles and jamming rooms inside. 

45 Questions with Gwenlyn, Singapore (Ngee Ann Polytechnic)Studio 27 in Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP)

11. If you could swap programs for a day, what would it be? 

Mass Communications. 

12. What is a common myth of your school? 


13. If you ever had to stay in school past 9pm, what would it be because? 

Project work and camp preparation. 

14. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in the school? 

Not strange per se but newcomers who come to our camps always get a culture shock due to how different it is.

15. What is your one guilty pleasure you indulge in in school? 

Hiding in my CCA room. 

45 Questions with Gwenlyn, Singapore (Ngee Ann Polytechnic)One of the CCA rooms in Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP)

16. If you were given $5 million dollars to revamp the school, what would you do with it? 

It’s actually pretty good now as it is as the school is revamping the school by sectors.

17. In between classes, where can we find you? 

At the food court.

45 Questions with Gwenlyn, Singapore (Ngee Ann Polytechnic)Makan Place foodcourt in Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP)

Tips (Info for future students) 

18. What is the best place to be as one with your laptop and lecture recordings?

Library. Although the rooms will have to be booked in advanced, there’s a lot of facilities available to help you prepare for exams and presentations.

45 Questions with Gwenlyn, Singapore (Ngee Ann Polytechnic)Library in Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP)

19. In the occasion that the school has to downsize till only ONE food place remains, what will it be? 

Food club. 

20. For free electricity in the school, where would you go to? 

Most study benches have electrical plugs.

Programs & Electives

21. What program are you in? 

Diploma in Business Studies.

22. Is this related to your dream job? 

Yes, I like the business sector, a lot of relevant modules we learn here are general and applicable to the world. We also learn useful skills and even learn Photoshop and Excel which will come in handy in future. 

23. Do you know the actual value of your diploma? 

I pay around $1600 per year.

24. Do you think a diploma in your course is cost efficient in terms of the quality of education you are receiving versus what you are paying? 

Yes. Besides providing facilities, there’s also a lot of school sponsored overseas trip offered to students. 

25. In your opinion, how much should a degree in your program cost? 

If can cheaper of course cheaper la.

26. What is the most unforgettable module you have taken? 

Business Communications. 

27. If you could be exempted from any module in your program, what would it be? 

Business Statistics. 

28.What advice would you give to future students about module selection and planning? 

Modules and timeslots are all given and we can’t choose.

29. If you had to choose one, would you advise a Singapore Junior College (JC)  or Polytechnic (poly) student to join your program? 


30. In what scenarios will any student be exempted from any modules? 

I don’t think there’s any. 

31. Theory vs. Practical. In what ratio would you say your program content is? 


32. On a scale of 1 – 10, how employable do you think students from your program are? 


33. Name 3 job fields people from your program go into.


Human Resource


34. Favorite Professor? 


35. What is one thing that most people don’t know about your program? 

We get to specialise in year 2. 

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?

Ideal: 20

Reality: Quite ideal as it is.

37. Given a chance to go on exchange, which country would you choose? 

Australia as it’s related to course. For internships maybe?

38. Common exam formats include: 

Multiple Choice Questions and long answer questions. 

Extra-Curriculum & Other Schools Activities

39. Outside of the curriculum, do you have any other commitments in school? 

Yes, I’m a Ngee Ann Ambassador involved in the marketing arm. 

40. Would you say that it is difficult to manage both studies and other school activities? 

No, it boils down to time management.  

41. In your opinion, are there enough clubs & societies in school for students to choose from? 

Yes, we have over a 100 CCAs in the school.

42. How do you think a Extra-Curriculum Activity add value to a student's overall experience? 

You get to meet new people and some things cannot be experienced if you’re not in the clubs and organisations e.g.Roadmap to Explore and Discover (RED) camp.

43. The most memorable school event that you have attended would be: 

Roadmap to Explore and Discover (RED) camp.

44. If you had to pay to NOT attend a particular event in school, what will it be? 


45. Is the school doing enough to engage students? 

Yes, we always fill in feedback forms at the end of the semester for the school to see how they can improve classes.


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