Kristal, a recent graduate of the Diploma in Business Innovation and Design (DBID) is currently pursuing a Fashion Marketing undergraduate degree at London College of Fashion – a constituent college of the University of the Arts London. In a similar vein to her diploma in SP, this degree programme allows her to leverage on her creative skills within a business environment.
When asked why she had chosen this path, despite being granted early admission to the business courses in the local universities, she responded, “I have always leaned towards the artistic, and enjoyed lessons where I am able to express my creativity. Through the time spent in DBID, I decided that I wanted to develop myself as a marketer, leveraging on real business opportunities to express my creativity. In fact, it was during one of my module assignments in DBID where I had to understudy a fashion brand that my passion for fashion marketing ignited.”
Even though Kristal is only into her first semester overseas, she already acknowledges that life as a university student is very different from that of poly days, “I definitely have to be more “aggressive” rather than “passive” at this stage in my life. As an undergraduate, I cannot afford to wait for lecturers to feed me with information. There is a lot of essential reading that has to be done outside of the lectures and seminars too, so I have to be self-motivated and prepare accordingly. Time management is definitely crucial.”
But the experience has been a life changing one, “Ever since I started living alone in London, I do feel that I have changed for the better, as I have evolved to become much more confident and self-reliant. My favourite part of pursuing my degree in London is definitely the environment that I am in. I find it stimulating living in a city that is so full of culture and people that are completely different to what I have been exposed to in Singapore. I have never regretted my choice, even for one second, because I genuinely feel very inspired in London. ”
But despite being oceans away, her parents and siblings have been a pillar of strength for this young lady. “My parents re highly supportive of my endeavours. They have never placed a lot of emphasis on academic results, but rather, they simply encourage me to do my best. I do think that because of how encouraging they have been since I was young, the need to do well to make my parents proud was more inherent in me.”
When asked about her fondest memories of her time spent in the poly, “My fondest memories would probably be those days when project team meetings lasted till late at night in school, when I felt completely exhausted. But looking back though, memories of those times seem to be the most enjoyable as well. In a way, I feel that I managed to make irreplaceable friends whom I could share my joy and burdens with.”
Kristal’s advice to all those pursuing a poly education, “Don’t be afraid of taking chances.” And we know that this young lady is definitely one who is not afraid to pursue her dreams, not matter how far she must travel to see them through.