Leap of Faith to the Top
Story by Sherilyn Chong | Photos courtesy of Brandon Chia
Initially, when Brandon Chia, 20, first came to NYP SBM, he’d thought that achieving a 4.0 GPA (Grade Point Average) wasn’t possible. That thinking was proved otherwise when he recently graduated from the Diploma in Mass Media Management (DMMM) with a perfect GPA.
He shared: “I did not think that I could get a 4.0 GPA at all. Everyone thought it was a myth. I too thought it was a myth!” But he does know the reality, and that is maintaining a perfect GPA isn’t an easy feat.
His academic achievements have earned him a place at the prestigious Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. “The only reason why I’ve done well at NYP was because of DMMM,” he said.
Brandon had always wanted to pursue media studies. He recalled applying for the course through Direct Polytechnic Admission (DPA) in 2014, despite his parents’ apprehension about the media industry.
“I was interested in being a writer so I decided to take a leap of faith,” Brandon said.
DMMM has offered Brandon the hands-on practice to achieve more, such as heading out to work on film projects. He has come to understand the technical know-how better and to work with a team.
While at NYP, Brandon was active in his co-curricular activity (CCA) – StageArts Drama. He acted in two annual productions in 2014 and 2016. As drama productions can be demanding, he had to learn to balance both his CCA and schoolwork.
He said: “During these times, I had to really make a schedule for myself so that I could meet all my deadlines.”
Learning to manage his time well during school days proved to help him in his final year while on internship. Brandon joined Youth.SG but faced many difficulties along the way, especially writing in a more youth-centric style. “I could not say no,” he said, as he believes in attempting at most things despite not being an expert.