For Kirstin Yip, her parents’ divorce when she was 15 was like a bolt out of the blue.
The national Public Service Commission (PSC) scholar responded to the adversity by burying herself in school work and in her passion; writing.
Her hard work paid off and earned her six points for the G.C.E ‘O’ Levels. But she opted for Singapore Polytechnic’s Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media instead due to her strong passion for writing.
Her family, particularly her father was supportive of her taking the polytechnic route. “He said if I already knew what my passion lies, don’t waste time going to JC and get hands-on experience instead.”
Singapore Polytechnic she says, has given her a stepping stone to build her portfolio.
Not only did she do well for her studies, she also excelled in a plethora of co-curricular activities. During her six-month internship at The Straits Times, Kirstin took on the role as an editorial intern and had many bylines in the English flagship newspaper. Some of her works include a two-page story on global elections – an achievement not many experienced journalists can claim.
Kirstin is currently taking a gap year but has plans to further her studies in the US.
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