In one month, the life of a polytechnic student will start. Are you ready for your polytechnic life? A freshman year can be the most confusing yet exciting one. As graduating polytechnic students, we would like to share 4 tips on how to prepare for your polytechnic lives!


#1: Buy New Clothes

The thought of not wearing uniforms excites me when I was waiting for my polytechnic (poly) life to come. New school, new clothes to start my studies life right.

Dress well, look good and feel awesome! Hence, buying new clothes would help to kick start your new year with motivation!

If you are a fashionista, you might get a chance to be featured on the school’s social media platforms!


#2: Read Up About The School

There are 5 polytechnics in Singapore, namely Singapore Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Nanyang Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic and Republic Polytechnic.

Which polytechnics are you in?

Do you know that Temasek Polytechnic and Ngee Ann Polytechnic has a co-operative?
It is more cater to the interest of the lecturers as a group of lecturers put their resources together for a goal!
Find out more from your lecturers if you are entering these two schools.

With so many things available online nowadays, you can almost find out anything within just a few clicks so what better way to utilize that than to find out more about the institution that you are going to spend your next 3 years studying in.

A good place to start would be to visit the polytechnic’s social media pages because these platforms are updated regularly, and you will be the first to know about the latest and hottest news.

If you have seniors in your Secondary School who went into the polytechnic you are entering, this is a good chance to get tips and advice from them. Find out from them about the CCAs which interest you, which canteen has the best food waiting for you during break time, the difficulty level of your course, best study location and many more.

The more you know, the more you are prepared!


#3: Never Skip Orientation Programme

To go, or not to go, that is not a question!

Entering a new school environment is rather frightening especially you are going to a course on your own. No familiar faces and you will need to make friends. You will definitely need to find a group of friends that will be your pillar support. Having a group of friends that are supportive and caring is best accompany you can ever have. Friends are the ones that give you the motivation to go for lessons, eating lunch together, lending their notes to you, staying at school library with you till late just to keep each another accompany to survive through exam period.

Hence, orientation programme is here to save the day!

It is designed to welcome the freshies into the polytechnic and usually, the polytechnic would send out mails and text messages to specially invite the freshies to go for the Orientation Programme.

Attend either your course’s orientation camp or Freshmen Orientation Camp and eventually CCA’s Orientation Camp, you will get to meet your seniors and the people from the same batch as you. Thus, it is never wise to skip orientation programme because it provides a much-needed head start to the polytechnic life as you get to mix around with your potential classmates and you can know your way around your school better.

Bouns: friend benefit (help to reserve seats!) Seats can be difficult to find especially during break time when you are so hungry and rushing for the next lecture.


#4: Buy A Good Laptop

Everyone who is studying at polytechnic will need to have a laptop. During your matriculation, you will definitely see laptop booths around the school during this period. You must be wondering why it is a must for poly students to have a laptop? This is because most of the modules required students to do group projects, having e-learning lessons and e-quizzes. Hence, a laptop will bring convenience to your studies life. By choosing a good laptop that can last your 3 years of poly life, that investment is worth it!

Here you go, 4 tips on how to prepare for your poly lives! Make full use of the remaining time you have to research about the school, a good laptop, buy new clothes and you are ready to go to school!

The article was brought jointly by Lim Kai Xin and Ernest Hang, two graduating students from Republic Polytechnic’s Diploma in Social Enterprise Management. Both of them was SNCF’s interns from 10 September 2018 to 25 January 2019.