Heading to Polytechnic for the First Time? Here's What a Poly Senior Has to Say About Your First Day, Your First Week and Your First 3 Months

Published on Apr 05, 2017

Hi, I'm Agent C.W!

I'm a second-year polytechnic student and I would call myself as an introverted extrovert. All my close friends would die laughing if I told them people think I'm quiet. To people who I meet for the first time, I seem reserved because I take a while to open up, and only do so if I feel that someone and I are on the same frequency.

On the first day of poly, I only talked to a handful of my classmates but I found my closest friends after a few months. Turns out, they were hesitant to approach me as I looked too closed off. What a waste; imagine getting to know them earlier!

First impressions count, and it will benefit you and your poly experience if you go to poly with an open mind.

These are my tips for poly freshies...

Your First Day

1. Wear clothes that make you feel confident

First days are hard enough- not knowing anyone and feeling uncomfortable in a new environment. Though you want to dress to impress, it's wise to wear clothes that you are comfortable in. Wearing a style that you are familiar with and one that is appropriate for school will help you feel confident and confidence impresses everyone!

Keep in mind that you'll have to take part in orientation games, so keep this in mind when planning your outfit for your first day, like wearing shoes that will allow you to run around in.

2. Wear your hair right

Blue Hair Colour

Blue Balayage Ombre by Evolve Salon

The right hairstyle is just as important as wearing the right outfit. Braids and high ponytails are great first-day hairstyles as it keeps your hair out of your face when playing those orientation games. As poly allows for crazy hair colours, dyeing your locks a vibrant shade sets your tone as a trendsetter or someone is isn't afraid to take risks.

If you're not one for loud hair colours, these hair treatments in Singapore can solve your frizzy hair woes, making you look neater and more presentable on your first day because first impressions count!

Before and After Chez Vous Revitalising Supreme Hair Treatment

Before vs After Chez Vous Express Revitalizing Supreme

3. Relax and smile

Fashion and beauty aside, the way you carry and present yourself is what will help you make friends that most likely last you a lifetime!

Everyone is probably as nervous as you are, remembering this can help ease your nerves a bit and often, your nervousness reflects on your face. This might cause the rest to think you are either too quiet or stuck-up and unapproachable.

Don't sweat the small stuff, first-day at poly is not as scary and intimidating as you would think.

Everyone there is looking to make friends, so just start off with a smile!

Your First Week

Now that you have conquered your first day of poly and made some new friends, poly life truly starts during your first week.

As usual, everyone's first thought about poly is what to wear? Picking daily outfits can seem like a hassle and though you'll be eager to impress, it's best to have fun with it and experiment with different styles. As long as it abides by the rules.

You'll begin to notice that everyone has a unique style and are not afraid to express themselves through fashion and if you're worried about what people will say if you repeat your outfits often, don't be!

No one really cares and EVERYONE will repeat their outfits. 

Lecture theatres can pretty get cold! So it's always handy to have jackets and jeans as your wardrobe staples.

If you don't like thinking what to wear everyday, why not plan a capsule wardrobe?

It is a system of 10-30 articles of clothing that you can mix and match! Just pull a top and a bottom, and you're good to go.

When you are bored of your wardrobe, you can buy a few unique pieces to make your wardrobe interesting again.

Consider also spicing your look up with accessories or hairstyles, such as a minor change like see-through bangs

See-Through Bangs by Zinc Korean Hair Salon

See-Through Bangs by Zinc Korean Hair Salon

or natural-looking hair colours that don't require bleaching.

No Bleach Ash Brown by SAD Hair Design

Natural No-Bleach Ash Brown by SAD Hair Design

If you are up for a drastic change, eye-catching hair colours are worth a try and it might be the only time you can wear such colours before you graduate from poly and enter the corporate world.

Purple Highlights by Leekaja

Purple Highlights by LeeKaJa Korean Hair & Beauty Salon @ Mandarin Gallery

Epic Undercuts are also one of those must-trys before you leave school!

Ladies Undercut with Hair Tattoo by Kenaris

Undercut by Kenaris Salon

Your First 3 Months

The people you meet in poly are likely to be your long term friends. Keep an open mind and build as many relationships as you can. That is useful even when you leave poly as these people can create opportunities that will serve useful as you build a career. Don't just limit these friendly relationships to students alone, your lecturers also make for great mentors! 

Joining a CCA is one way to meet like minded people. There are so many clubs to choose from in poly and you are not limited to joining just one. Try different things out and choose one that floats your boat.

As you advance through the months in poly, it's natural that your schedule is going to get a little hectic. To make things easier for yourself given the long school hours, multiple project deadlines and CCA, consider choosing a hairstyle that is easy to maintain and one that fits according to your lifestyle and schedule.

For instance, long hair takes more time to manage than short hair and blonde hair is much higher maintenance than brown hair.

Short Bob Haircut by Art Noise

Haircut and Colour by Art Noise Japanese Hair Salon

The stress of never-ending deadlines can get to you and affect your hair and scalp. To counteract negative effects of stress on your scalp, scalp treatments aid in controlling hair loss and declogging your hair follicles, resulting in healthier hair.

Scalp Treatment by 99 Percent Hair Studio

Scalp Treatment at 99 Percent Hair Studio

Finally, since you are a student, don't forget to check out these student hair deals to get the best bang for your buck!

All the best for your first day! :)

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