Meet our students who applied to SP through the EAE!

Herman Tan
Herman Tan
Diploma in Human Resource Management with Psychology
SP Scholar 2021
Alumnus of Chung Cheng High (Yishun)

Herman Tan’s passion for psychology led him to apply for SP’s Diploma in Human Resource Management with Psychology (DHRMP) via the Early Admissions Exercise.

Back then, the Chung Cheng High (Yishun) alumnus had experienced periods of poor mental health. Wanting to understand himself and the people around him better, he turned to psychology. He’d research and read up on various psychology facts and theories in his free time. Certain of his passion, he did further research on his tertiary education options and found DHRMP. 

“I knew I wanted to do something related to psychology and I was also interested in Human Resources. This course is perfect, allowing me to learn more about psychology and applying it in the human resource field.”

His tip for EAE applications?

“Don’t just share about your passion. Share what you want to do with it, and how the course will help you achieve your goal.”

Kelly Tay
Kelly Tay
Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
SP Engineering Scholar 2021
Alumna of Kranji Secondary

As a young girl, Kelly Tay Keli would often choose toolbox set toys over dolls. The Kranji Secondary alumna liked building and assembling things – from miniature model sets to IKEA furniture in her free time.

She’d realised her passion and knew she wanted an engineering course in Polytechnic. With the advice of her dad and some research, she found SP’s Mechanical Engineering (DME) to be her top choice. “SP’s long history and well-established engineering school together with the robust DME curriculum made it my top choice for Early Admissions Exercise.” In fact, Kelly was so determined that she listed it as her one and only choice out of three for her application.

Her aptitude and passion stood out, as she was accepted in the course. One year in, and she was recently awarded the SP Engineering Scholarship for scoring a perfect GPA. “I truly enjoy my time in class and I cannot wait to specialise in Engineering Design & Simulation because I know I am just steps away from achieving my aspiration of becoming a Product Engineer,” Kelly shares.

Her tip for EAE applications?

“Include things that would help you stand out from others, either in the essay or portfolio. I added my miniature models because they were relevant to the course I wanted to pursue and I thought they would be of interest to the lecturers.

Nigel Quah
Nigel Quah
Diploma in Music & Audio Technology
Artist on Spotify
Alumnus of Pei Hwa Secondary

“Ever since I was a kid, I knew that music would be part of my life forever. I didn’t want to be stuck in a course that I did not enjoy,” shares Nigel Quah on why he decided to apply for SP’s Diploma in Music & Audio Technology (DMAT) via Early Admissions Exercise (EAE).

Pei Hwa secondary alumnus Nigel Quah, aka Foxela on Spotify, was nine years old, when he picked up producing and taught himself how to create music on his computer. Today, he has over 50 tracks on Spotify, with 230,000 monthly listeners at the time this article was written. His 2019 release “As You Do”, also charted higher than K-pop juggernauts BTS and Grammy-winning American singer Billie Eilish on Spotify's Singapore Viral 50 chart.

“Being in DMAT allowed me to connect with a whole community of like-minded individuals. There is a strong support system, and I genuinely look forward to attending school!”

His tip for EAE applications?

“The most important thing is to be confident and to present yourself well. Get all of your materials ready and be prepared! Also make sure that you’re interested in the course and give your 100%.”

Please note that the Diploma in Music & Audio Technology will be replaced by the Diploma in Media Arts & Design (Music Production) with effect from April 2021.

Hui Yi
Wong Hui Yi
Diploma in Engineering with Business
Alumna of Shu Qun Secondary and ITE College East

An enthusiastic do-er, Wong Hui Yi finds joy in seeing ideas come alive. The Shu Qun secondary alumna entered ITE College East after her ‘O’-Levels and spent years figuring out her passion – to be a technopreneur.

“I had a lot of ideas and I didn’t know where to start, how to start and which ideas to focus on. Engineering with Business gives me the skills of an engineer and entrepreneur helping me to pursue my dream of becoming a technopreneur one day.”

“I remember attending SP Open House during my O-Level year and the friendly lecturers left a deep impression. I also liked the overall environment and atmosphere that seniors created. SP’s Engineering with Business was my first choice and I’m definitely glad to be in my dream course!”

Her tips for EAE application?

“You can never be over prepared! Prepare your portfolio and possible questions during the interview. Speak with confidence and have pride in your work.” 


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