Nanyang Junior College was founded in 1978 and is located at Serangoon Avenue 3.
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Nanyang Junior College have a very rich heritage and a tradition of excellence under the hands of caring and good principals, especially Mr Kwek. He is the principal that made me changed my mind to stay with Nanyang JC as a proud NYJCian. Below is my impression with Nanyang JC as a student that justified my praise.
When my O Level results was released, I applied for Hwa Chong as my first choice, and placed Nanyang as my second (I only went for Hwa Chong's openhouse so my perception was biased then). I was posted to Nanyang and I was initially insistent to appeal into Hwa Chong (the deadline was 12 noon the following day) and I had every document prepared in my bag.
But when I stepped into Nanyang the next morning, I was greeted by a peaceful campus. There were encouraging slogans leading up the main gate (Nanyang is built a ridge) and they have a full wall of trophies and awards (a lot of them are CCAs and academic achievements), which dawned on me that Nanyang is an institution that have a culture of excellence and care (which was also the very reasons for me choosing Hwa Chong initially) and that started to made me doubt my decision to appeal. Then I saw Mr Kwek, greeting every student with a smile outside the hall (heard from my seniors that he is a very caring principal, and is indeed true!). I managed to have an opportunity to have a chat with him (he walked to me actually) on my desired outcome in JC. I told him my preferred combi (which did not differ by my JC choice anyway) and he started sharing advises and what related programmes that I can take on. What he said that made an impact was that he mentioned "you can always find me if you have any problem, my room is always open as long the office is open, I will find a solution for you. In Nanyang, we are very open, we help one another (the school motto is legit)". So I made up my mind to give Nanyang a try.
Indeed, Nanyang did't fail me in my expectation. I was in Robotics and Class Leaders and the teachers gave us the autonomy to work and yet pushing us to go further. The whole CCA supported one another and we managed to won the national robotics competition to advance into internationals in Russia (so damn proud). Despite the heavy commitment, the teachers are willing to put in extra effort to tutor me personally (that is 3 tutors for 4 subjects). The teachers are patient, and taught me from the very basic to make sure I understand. My peers are also willing to stay back with me everyday as a group to help me in my academic work (not forgetting the friends who shared their food around and helping me while taking a break). So I managed to get a near perfect cert in the end with the collective help of the whole college.
Looking back, Nanyang gave me a lot that I am thankful for, and I never regretted my decision. Nanyang have since emerged as the top non-IP junior college in Singapore, and I guess that is truly a reflection of its strength.
Cliche i may sound, i have to say that two years have passed too fast, in fact way too fast. During this period of time, i feel that i have matured alot- I was no longer the playful kid who muddled her way through her schooling years, but a person who have finally found her goal in life and is now working hard towards it. NYJC was neither near my house, nor was it my dream school but i have chosen it because my heart told me to do so. I desired for novelty and decided to have a change in environment.
Here I am, into a foreign place where my new chapter of life begins... I was not used to the environment but there was this unspoken familiarity and warmth i felt from the school. Within months, NYJC became my second home. I was fortunate enough to be in a supportive class. The lasting friendships I have forged were the additional bonuses I have gained from NYJC. I do not deny that there are many times when i felt like giving up for the workload were too much for me then. But i held on, determined to graduate together with this class that has always been encouraging me. The students may be a tad competitive and I found especially suffocating during exam periods. However, this has also motivated me to not slack off and work harder towards my goals. I have learnt much from NYJC: courage and hard work is not enough without goal and direction.
With that in mind, I have learnt to accept my shortcomings and strive to do my best in all that I do. These two years may be short, but i am certain that it has been the most fulfilling two years of my life. Thank you, NYJC! :)
Last year, I attended Nanyang JC's JC Experience Program. Let me start off by pointing out that Nanyang JC is the only JC in Singapore which offers this program. In the 3 days I spent in Nanyang JC, I indeed felt the warmth and vibrancy of the school culture. It had a fatherly principal, whom on the first day of the program was already pumping my hand and telling me that the JC experience is indeed a big step from secondary school. The facilitators, whom were my seniors, took care of our every need and were like brothers and sisters to us.
The facilities, while not world class, are splendid. The college does indeed believe in nurturing talents of its students through a myriad of co-cirricular activities and programs. Moreover, the drive of the teachers, who thrive on teaching, makes learning take on a whole new level.
While in the end, I moved on to another JC after receiving my O-Level results, Nanyang JC will always leave a positive imprint to this third party.
Initially I had no interest to enter Nanyang Junior College, but my perspective immediately changed after two years. In fact, My experience at Nanyang JC has been a rather enjoyable one. Over the two years that I have been there, I met best friends who have stuck with me thick and thin during the tough A level period. Also, my teachers were kind and caring, devoting their spare time to give us extra lessons. Being at Nanyang Jc has defied all my expectations, and I'm definitely sad about having to leave the school this year.
In Nanyang, we have a cute and fatherly principal. He once gave out biscuits to me and even randomly talked to my friends and I. Shaking hands with him was a dream come true for me! My 1 hour journey to school doesn't stop me from loving it because we start school at 8.30am or 9am, so I no longer need to drag my lazy butt and droopy eyes to school anymore. Also, we always look forward to dress-down days where we can wear any tees on top of our bottoms which make studying much more comfortable. During our breaks, we head to NEX for our favourite Gong Cha, gossip in the library or shamelessly danced to the Xbox Kinect at the atrium! However, we would complain about how our school is located on a hill. We dread climbing the “Nanyang Hill” every morning and my energy level will drain when I finally reached the top. I have toned thigh muscles now! Due to our common beige uniform, we always get questions such as “Are you from Hwa Chong?” I will proudly assert, “No, I’m from NYJC!”
When i first stepped into Nanyang JC, i knew immediately that it was the very place i wanted to be in. It definitely felt different as compared to other JCs. Im not saying that the other JCs are bad, but Nanyang JC gave me the warmth and comfort that they couldn't.
The cutoff points didnt matter much to me; though i could enter schools with much lower cutoff points, that didnt affect my decision-making. To be honest i was much more concerned about the issue of convenience because i simply can't imagine the prospect of having to wake up at 5am every morning just to travel to a school that is academically better but much further away from my residence. Also, due to the special time tabling system in Nanyang JC, its not uncommon to have lessons starting as late as 9am, and furthermore it only takes me 20 minutes of travelling time!
I've yet to mention the best thing - NEX is just a 5-minute walk from my school! A school that suits my taste, is awesome when it comes to convenience, and is situated right next to a shopping mall?! The best deal ever for a food-lover and a shopaholic. And before i forget, i would like to mention that i have the cutest principal ever; he personally pushed a trolley of apples around the canteen and distributed them to us during the night study period. Such a sweet guy. If he was much younger and single, i would have started stalking him, like seriously.
I seem to be blabbering but I just cant help but express my love for my school. I'm not exaggerating, but most of the students who enter the awesome school rarely come out regretting their decision.