My a community that puts emphasis on students first,

My name is Licia
Chua and I am 18 years old this year. When people ask me to describe myself, my
immediate reply is “I am an ambivert”. I tend to be shy when I am around
strangers and it takes time for me to open up to them. In addition, I do not
start a conversation with others unless they approach me first. Ironically, on
the other sides of things, I am someone who enjoys social gatherings and
parties. My close friends describe me as someone who is bubbly and friendly. Occasionally,
they will complain about my incessant talking. For these reasons, I will not
say that I am on the extreme ends of being an extrovert or introvert, but rather,
a good mix of both. Over the past few years, I have been assigned with many
leadership roles and duties. I saw these as opportunities for me to develop and
hone my leadership skills. As such, have learnt to become a more responsible
individual who can handle tasks under pressure. I can lead projects and get
things done in time.

 

Putting that
aside, I have been dancing since I was 5. I have experienced many ups and downs
as I approach my 13th year in 2018. My dance experience has fuelled
my desire in wanting to be a ballet teacher in my own ballet academy. A few
years back, I was given a chance to intern at my ballet school for a short
period of time. I went into this internship expecting myself to understand my
teacher’s mentality and mindset, but I came out of it feeling confused and
upset. I will never be able to fully accept the logic behind the things my
teacher advocated for. Some of which included showing favouritism and others
were constantly surrounded with the idea of being skinny despite having a
healthy figure. I despised myself for continuing ballet at a school that did
not make me happy. I changed ballet schools for at least three times, and I can
certainly say that none of them were a pleasant experience. I want to make a
difference. I want to be a part of a community that puts emphasis on students
first, followed by profit made for the school. I want to find a good balance
between the both and hence, this is the main reason why I am currently pursuing
a Diploma in Business Studies. With the right skills learnt from our CPP class and
with accurate feedback from the personality test and RAISEC, I know I want to be
an entrepreneur and a teacher in the performing arts sector.

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A ballet
teacher is part of the Dance Industry. Roles and responsibilities of a ballet
teacher includes teaching the class a new combination across the floor,
correcting the student’s technique and demonstrating the steps in class. Other
responsibilities include coming up with a choreography for performances and
communicating with parents. The first step to becoming a dance teacher is taking
the Intermediate examination. Following that is
completing a teacher education programme that needs to be recognised by the
Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). RAD offers a 2-year course for aspiring teachers
to obtain a Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS). The CBTS course
provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required by ballet teachers at
the start of their career. In the first year, students will learn the
following:

1.     How We Learn:
The Stages of Development (15 credits)

2.     Safe Practice
and Professional Values (15 credits)

3.     Ballet and
Teaching: Knowledge and Understanding (30 credits)

In the
second year, students will learn the following:

1.    
Practical Teaching (45
credits)

2.     Career
Development and Management (15 credits)

There will be assessments during both years.
The assessments will be done through written
case studies, training plans with critical discussions, ballet demonstrations
with analysis discussions, practical teaching and portfolios. Successful
completion of the programme leads to the award of Certificate in Ballet Teaching
Studies and eligibility for registration as a teacher with the Royal Academy of
Dance. At the same time, during this 2-year part time programme, it is
recommended to teach ballet at any studio to gain more experience. Some schools
that offer CBTS will require the student to go through personal mentoring and customised training
programme to assist the student to attain this international recognised
certification. Furthermore, during the second year of the program, the student is
required to have a Practical Attachment to a dance school, together with a
mentorship, for 30 weeks. Some skills a dance teacher needs are patience, confidence, leadership,
communication techniques, passion for teaching and love for children. To apply
for a job at a ballet school is different from any other job. To apply for a
teaching position, one can do so by dropping the school an email and stating one’s
interest to become a part of their teaching staff. Emails can be found on the
various ballet school websites. The teacher will then be called in for a trial
class and will be judged based on their performance during that class.

 

Currently, some Business Studies modules
that are helpful to me are Customer Service Excellence, Business Communication,
Information Design in Business, Accounting and Principals of Marketing. In year
three, it will be beneficial for me to take up certain modules that is related
to Entrepreneurship. This will give me an insight to what entrepreneurship is
about. Business Communication is also another module that will be beneficial
for me because it teaches me how to write emails and letters.  Customer service is essential for any
business. We need to know how to communicate with our potential customers, sponsors,
partners or clients. In addition, I also learnt the importance of a minute in a
meeting and the necessary steps needed for a meeting to be successful. Information Design in Business and Principals of
Marketing can be applied together to come up with a marketing strategy (eg.
social media, posters etc.). This is one of the various ways I can use to
appeal to new students and parents to sign up at my school. Accounting will be
needed if I wanted to handle the books of my business myself. It will be good
to have the knowledge of accounting as not only will I be able to track my
funds more closely, but I will also be able to save money on hiring an
accountant to do the accounts for my business. An area of specialisation that
will bring me closer to my goals will be Entrepreneurship. I will be able to
learn how to set up my business and what are the requirements for doing so. Several
internships I am looking forward to taking part in or wish to take up will be
an internship at a ballet school for 6 months and an internship at a start-up
company, preferably in media sector eg. TheSmartLocal etc.

 

Till date, I am an active member of the
Korean Cultural Club (KCC) in Ngee Ann Polytechnic. I started appreciating the Korean
culture since I was 10 and I have always wanted to join a Korean-related CCA. Last
June, I became part of the sub-committee (dance) for KCC. However, after 6
months, I decided to quit. Being in the sub-committee gave me many chances to
plan events and activities for the CCA. I took this 6 months as an opportunity
for me to hone my leadership skills, time management and interpersonal skills. Apart
from KCC, I am enrolled in ballet classes outside of school too. Personally, I
have not much interest in joining other CCAs or enrichment activities as I want
to take things slowly and to have more time to relax. In my opinion, soft
skills required for my dream job do not need to be cultivated solely from CCAs
or enrichment activities. Soft skills such as empathy and self-confidence can
be developed from our day to day activities. Communication and stress
management can be developed in school, mainly from our given tasks and
assignments.

 

2 programmes I could pursue in the future
would be a business degree at NTU’s Nanyang Business School or a dance degree
at Laselle College of Arts. At NTU’s Nanyang School of Business, I would most
likely pursue a bachelor degree in business. In Year 2, we will be given a total
of 6 specialisations to choose from. The 6 specialisations are Actuarial
Science, Banking and Finance, Business Analytics, Human Resource Consulting,
Marketing and Risk Management and Insurance Programme (RIM). They also offer a
bachelor degree in business with a minor of strategic communication. In order
to qualify to study at NTU’s Nanyang School of Business, one’s representative
polytechnic GPA must be at least 3.75 and 3.96 for the 10th and 90th
percentiles respectively. The school will take the O-Level results of the Polytechnic
applicants into account. The application period usually takes place from 1st
to 21st February 2018. The reason why I chose NTU is because my
friends who are studying at NTU seems to be really enjoying the culture and
school. Another route I can take is to pursue a dance degree at Laselle College
of Arts. The entry requirements are quite different to NTU’s. The application
process has 3 categories, mainly, a written portfolio, an audition and an
interview. Applicants are required to submit a write up about themselves before
the audition. During the audition, dancers will be assessed through a ballet
and contemporary class. The assessment of the audition will be based on the
dancer’s ability to pick up and replicate steps, show natural dance ability, a
good understanding of the chosen technique, a strong performance quality and a
passion for movement. Lastly, in the interview, applicants will be asked why
they wish to pursue a dance degree. Successful applicants will be informed
through email by the school.

 

I do not know what to expect for in the
future. Hopefully, I will be able to achieve my goal.

 

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