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Excuse me, have I seen you on YouTube?

Jeremy Ee finds out what guest Instagrammer and YouTube star, Clifford Yow, gets up to on a typical school day in NTU

9.30am At the National Institute of Education (NIE), Clifford makes a beeline for the drinks stall to order his favourite $1.80 breakfast set. Everywhere we go, people seem to recognise the second-year sport science and management undergrad who spends his free time after classes starring in quirky, entertaining videos on hit Singaporean YouTube channel, TreePotatoes.


“I usually have my breakfast at the canteen at NIE whenever I have morning lessons. The food here is really cheap and good.”
10.30am The NIE Library is where Clifford, an aspiring sports physiotherapist, gets his work done. You might spot him in his favourite quiet corner near the third floor café.


“As I have many commitments outside of school, like filming for TreePotatoes, time is always tight. So I try to get some studying done whenever I can.”
11.45am Alfresco dining at Pitchstop Café, tucked in the lush environs of NTU’s Innovation Centre.


“Having lunch with my friends, Clement and Mindy, at Pitchstop. Good food and good company come together!”
1.35pm At the newly constructed learning hub on campus for the first time...


“Taking a photo of the ‘dim sum’ building! I am intrigued by its architecture and look forward to visiting it when it opens!”
2.15pm Back at Hall 1, Clifford unwinds with one of his favourite pastimes, social media.


“Just chilling in my room for a while before heading to the gym. Food coma starting to set in!”
4.30pm Clifford’s gym kit comes in handy now that he has some free time between classes. The part-time swimming instructor is bent on raising the bar in weightlifting as part of his stay-fit regimen.


“Clement and I working out in the NIE gym. We ate a little too much and are trying to burn off those excess calories.”
6.15pm Finding his path in life...


“On my way back to hall after a hard workout. The long walks along the NIE corridors are great moments for thinking about things and, of course, Instagramming!”
Visit @NTU_sg on Instagram for more snapshots of campus life.