Warrick Tan 

Ngee Ann Polytechnic Outstanding Achievement Award

Tan WeiLe Warrick

School of Film & Media Studies​

Other awards:
MediaCorp Gold Medal & Prize
Diploma with Merit
Composers & Authors Society of Singapore Prize
Grey Group Pte Ltd Prize

When opportunity knocks, will you be ready to answer?

That is one question that frequently runs through Warrick Tan’s mind, and drives him to make the most of his time in polytechnic.

During his three years in Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP), the Mass Communication​ graduate has participated actively in several co-curricular activities. They include hip-hop dance club New Revolving Age and FMS Agents, the School of Film & Media Studies’ student ambassadorial unit. He even took up a Diploma Plus Certificate in Japanese​​, while having to juggle the demands of his coursework.

“I’m thankful for the good friends I’ve found in NP, who have kept me going. While it was challenging, I believed that my hard work would translate into results,” the aspiring media researcher said.

On why he pushes himself to go beyond his personal limits, Warrick added: “I used to be very shy and afraid of stepping out of my comfort zone when I was in secondary school. Looking back, I should have grabbed hold of the chance to expand my skill sets.”

He recalls being asked to run for the president of the student council in secondary school. Fearful of responsibilities, Warrick declined to do so.

“When I came to poly, I decided to change my mindset. I saw it as my chance to break out of my shell and try new things,” shared Warrick.

So when the opportunity to become President of the FMS Agents presented itself, Warrick immediately agreed to it. “It was a huge honour. In addition, it has shaped me to become a better person, hone my leadership, marketing and public speaking skills.”

As President of the club, Warrick often had to organise school tours and talks to prospective students and their parents. He believes the skills that he has gained have helped him to excel in his six-month internship at the Prime Minister’s Office. As a member of the digital communications team, Warrick was roped in to work on the Celebrating Fathers campaign, a national movement to encourage active fatherhood.

​“Because of my experience in public speaking, I was no longer afraid to share my opinions or contribute to the team. It has made me more certain of pursuing a career in the media industry in future,” said Warrick.