For Muhammad Syahiran Bin Abdul Jamal, a Diploma in Business Innovation and Design (DBID) graduate, 2016 has definitely been a good year for him. Not only was he awarded the gold medal for his diploma, he was also accepted into Nanyang Technological University to pursue a degree in Communication Studies where he will specialize in Advertising and Public Relations. But the icing on the cake was when he was awarded the Nanyang Scholarship, which covers his full tuition fees, living allowances and even a travel grant for an overseas study or attachment programme.
Syah was one of more than 50 applicants from his programme alone to vie for this prestigious scholarship. In his words, “Honestly, I felt very relieved and extremely grateful because if I had not been awarded the scholarship, my other option was to start working. But now I can focus solely on my studies and work hard towards my dream.” As we can clearly see, his hard work has not gone unnoticed.
This young man also had some wonderful things to say about his time in Singapore Polytechnic and how his course has prepared him for his future, “DBID has certainly instilled and developed the competitiveness in me. What I will see in every project to come is an opportunity to utilize my creativity. And thanks to DBID, I will always push myself to think one step further; to take risk and try out bold ideas because that is where innovation takes place. It is about adopting an experimental mindset and to be the vanguard in the market.”
But it was not just the work that he remembers, “I hold onto many memories from DBID. Some of the fondest ones were usually little moments where my close friends and I took a respite from all the overwhelming projects to sit down, have a cup of iced milo from Food Court 6 and just talk.”
So what does Syah have to say to his peers and juniors, “Don't aim to be the best, aim to be different."