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45 Questions with Milan, Singapore (Ngee Ann Polytechnic)

Gloria Ho

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


Specifics

1. What school do you study in? 

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

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

None.

3. Why did you choose this school? 

I came in through the early admissions as the psychology studies program here is more broad as compared to those at other polytechnics. 


Scene (Questions that give hints of the school culture) 

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

People at the different study benches doing project work. 

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

That the shuttle bus was discontinued.There used to be shuttle buses from different parts of Singapore to the school but now there's only the one at Woodlands left.

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

Bring back the shuttle buses. 

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

I like my CCA, oh and the overseas trips that the school frequently organises.

8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? 

Varies across the different schools. 

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?

Energetic.

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

Makan Place. 

45 Questions with Milan, Singapore (Ngee Ann Polytechnic)Makan place food court in Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP)

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

Nursing – they have a lot of cool facilities like their simulation rooms and operating theatres. 

12. What is a common myth of your school? 

That we are only good for our business courses but our other courses are good too. 

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

Camp preparation and studying. 

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

The camps maybe, it’s quite different from secondary school camps. 

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

Sleeping in school.

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

Improve the wifi. It’s almost non existent now. 

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

My CCA room.


Tips (Info for future students) 

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

The study and hangout areas e.g. the atrium. Block 51 etc. where there's a lot of natural light because Ngee Ann Polytechnic is going green. 

45 Questions with Milan, Singapore (Ngee Ann Polytechnic)The Atrium of Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP)

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

Makan Place. It's the biggest air conditioned food court across all 5 polytechnics. The MALA here is the best! 

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

Most places have electrical plugs.


Programs & Electives

21. What program are you in? 

Diploma in Psychology Studies.

22. Is this related to your dream job? 

Yes, I want to go into human resource where it's not fully psychology but psychology is helpful.

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

About $1000+

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

Yes, we pay for the facilities that the school offers and it's quite good.

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

It’s quite reasonable now. 

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

Visual communications, I still don’t understand why it’s part of my syllabus. They just want us to be IT savvy I think.

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

Visual communications. 

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? 

NA.

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

I don’t think so.

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

In year one it's a lot about theory but from the second semester onwards it’s less so. In addition, Year one onwards we already have collaborations with outside organisations so it’s quite practical. 

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

8

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

Social worker / Counsellor / Therapist in the corporate/social/childcare sector. 

34. Favorite Professor? 

Mr Jonathan Lee. He’s a senior lecturer and very experienced. We always go to him for consultations.

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

My course is very broad based so we learn a about social work in general not so much on psychology.

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?

Ideal: 20

Reality: Quite ideal now

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

I’m going to Korea and China and both benefits me in my diploma studies (psychology) and foreign language studies. 

38. Common exam formats include: 

Multiple Choice Questions and long/short answer questions.


Extra-Curriculum & Other Schools Activities

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

Ngee Ann Ambassador – marketing arm 

Volunteer work in the  community service cluster. 

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

No. You just have to be prepared to devote your time. 

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

Yes, there’s a lot of special interest clubs also. 

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

It helps you grow as a person.

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

Openhouse.

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

None. 

45. Is the school doing enough to engage students? 

Yes, we get to leave anonymous feedback and are even encouraged to leave feedback with the incentive of lucky draws.


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