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NYJC Galileo

Every year in June, NYJCians with strong academic grades and outstanding CCA achievements are invited to join one of the most prestigious programmes in the college - NYJC Galileo. A student development programme, NYJC Galileo aspires to further develop the values and skills of students, stretching their potential in life, to become active global citizens. To achieve this aim, NYJC Galileo partners different Co-Curricular Activities and college committees to organise and coordinate a range of workshops and activities throughout the year to cater to the needs of different students. 

Some highlights of 2017 include the Specialised Interview Workshop and the Design your Personal Brand Workshop, where students learnt a variety of important soft skills such as effective communication, problem-solving and portfolio building. Students also had opportunities to broaden their perspectives through involvement in Meet-the People Sessions at Braddell Heights and Yio Chu Kang, and various sharing and dialogue sessions such as the 'S Rajaratnam Public Lecture' and the 'Public Service and PSC Scholarship Sharing'. 

In our sixth year of collaboration, two teams of Year Two Galileo students were also involved in the Nanyang Junior College – Braddell Heights CCC Community Leadership Programme (CLP) in March 2017. A five-month long student-leadership programme, the CLP provides a range of experiences to student-participants such as Block Visits and orientation at the Social Service Office. Through these involvements, students plan and carry out a project to try to improve the lives of residents in the Braddell Heights community. In 2017, one of the teams aimed to reignite the kampong spirit in the neighbourhood by inviting residents to make their own potted plants, which were then placed in a community garden to be cared for through the collective effort of the residents. Besides providing service to the wider community, the CLP also helps students develop qualities such as empathy, flexibility and teamwork. 

Another flagship programme of NYJC Galileo is the NY Inspiring Leadership Series, in which various leaders in society are invited to share about their journeys in achieving success in their different areas of passion. Always popular with Galileo students because of the personal small-group nature of the sharings, past speakers include Ms Quek Jing Yan, co-founder of SEOciety, and Mr Tong Yee, co-founder of The Thought Collective.


Galileo: Darren Ang Soon Peng

University: University of California, Los Angeles

Degree pursuing: Sociology

Scholarship awarded: Overseas Merit Scholarship / SAF Overseas Scholarship

Darren’s reflection on NYJC Galileo

NYJC Galileo, in my opinion, can be summed up in one word: Opportunity.

That was why I signed up for the programme, right after Orientation, despite hearing seniors' accounts of how hectic junior college life was going to get. I wanted to see more, do more, and take away an experience richer than the average junior college student's. Of course, obtaining a scholarship upon graduation was an aim of mine, but I'd decided that, scholarship or not, the opportunities in themselves were already worthwhile experiences.

From talks by overseas universities, SATs and interview workshops, to the National Day Rally, MINDEF Internship Programme and a six-month community leadership programme with Braddell-Heights CCC, SDP provided me with so many different opportunities that I would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.

Beyond the opportunities provided, the teachers in NYJC Galileo Committee imbued in me the belief that I could compete with the best of them. Indeed, as I look back, I would have been a rather different individual if not for NYJC Galileo. As a parting shot, I just want to say that the opportunities will always be there, and in fact continue to increase, but whether you let them slip past or make the most of them in your two years in Nanyang Junior College – the decision is for you to make.

Galileo: Justin Ng Thian Huat

University: Imperial College London

Degree pursuing: Civil Engineering

Scholarship awarded: Singapore Government Scholarship (Open)


Justin’s reflection on NYJC Galileo

Kurt Hahn, the founder of Outward Bound School, once said: “There is more in us than we know if we could be made to see it; perhaps, for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less.” Many Outward Bound schools use that quote to describe how their programmes change people’s lives for the better. Well, I could safely say the same for my experience in NYJC Galileo.

Being in NYJC Galileo has certainly exposed me to many things. The myriad of programmes, ranging from SAT Training to Personal Grooming workshops, had taught me many things which mere academic study could not. I have matured and become an analytical individual due to the talks that NYJC Galileo sends its students for. One example is the Temasek Dialogue held annually which discusses many issues such as the growth, sustainability and development of Singapore’s defence.

Moreover, one of the plus points about NYJC Galileo is its dedicated and effective team of teachers. The teachers in NYJC Galileo Committee will always go the extra mile to help their students. I was one of those who benefitted from their constant coaching.I remember that I was an individual who was really nervous and fidgety whenever it came to public speaking or interview sessions. The teachers would arrange mock interview sessions to better prepare me for interviews. The numerous coaching sessions have paid off as I have become a more confident individual who no longer stammers during interviews.

Lastly, my word of advice for those who are interested in being part of or who wish to find out more about NYJC Galileo: The two years in Junior College are crucial to your development. Joining NYJC Galileo is opening up a window of opportunity for you to become a more informed and mature individual. I made that step to join NYJC Galileo three years ago when I first stepped into Nanyang Junior College and to date, I have not regretted my choice as it developed me holistically. Even in National Service, I find the skills I learnt useful and applicable. In view of this, I hope that you will be able to benefit from joining NYJC Galileo, just like I did.