Nerissa Tiong was first exposed to the charms of media when she was just 10 years old. In CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School, she actively pursued her interest first by serving as Vice President of Media Club in primary school, and as the President of the Infocomm Club in secondary school. Since young, she dreams of influencing others through the art of storytelling. With her passion for media, it was little wonder then that she made Singapore Polytechnic’s (SP) Diploma in Media and Communication her choice after her G.C.E. ‘O’ Level examinations.
Her SP journey has been eventful yet enriching. In Year 1, she fractured her ankle and was unable to attend school for one full term. At the same time, her father had unfortunately suffered from a stroke. While this was a difficult period for Nerissa, she did not let her setbacks become a hindrance. Instead, she faced her challenges with great optimism and soldiered on to achieve excellence in all areas of her life. Despite her achievements, she remains humble and grateful to her lecturers and friends who had helped her along the way.
During her three years in SP, Nerissa had a field day applying her media and communications knowledge to good use. In 2013, she was part of a team that conducted a research project on ‘How does Social Media affect Youth Happiness and Well-being’. The team surveyed 800 people on the topic and eventually presented their findings to the media at a press conference that was attended by major media like The Straits Times, Yahoo!SG and Channel News Asia. That was a memorable SP moment for her.
For her internship, Nerissa served at Starcom MediaVest Group as a Media Co-ordinator. She assisted her colleagues in recommending media strategies to the company’s clients. Her dedication to the four-month attachment did not escape the notice of the company. After her internship, she was offered a contract position to gain more work experience before entering university later this year.
Nerissa also has a heart for the community. In 2010 and 2012, she volunteered at Maepoon in Thailand and Jaffna in Sri Lanka respectively. In Jaffna, she organised a camp for children. She also prepared a teaching curriculum for a public school and planned activities for children at an orphanage while in Maepoon. These volunteering trips have left a great impact on her.
Nerissa will pursue her degree at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University under the Nanyang Scholarship. We certainly look forward to her making a difference in the media landscape.
Toh Chin Chye Gold Medal
Media Development Authority Gold Medal
Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Singapore Prize
Mediacorp Toggle Book Prize