The 10 things I am taking away from Hyper Island

So, it’s been quite a while since my last post. And there is good reason for it. I’ve just finished the major portion of my MA course at Hyper Island. Yes I have this picture to prove it!


The journey however has not ended. And just to add to my collection of experiences that I’ve been through, I am taking these important points to share with those that are thinking of taking the plunge as well.

Get Ready To Be “Wronged”
Yes, at HI there is no wrong or right, so if you think you are coming into this school to show people what a hot-shot you are? You are sadly mistaken! In fact, be ready to have some pretty good answers in your first two weeks, and you would soon realise how uninformed you are.

Forget Books
So this is what I picked up on. Don’t bring note books! Half the time, the slides from the presenters are given, but its all visual aides and that’s about it. The secret to this, is for you to come up with your own notes, in your HEAD! Yes, the coursework is designed for you to question it. So don’t go thinking HI is going to feed you answers.

Enjoyment In Reading
So this is where I found my calling. Read the books that inspire you, not what your friends or New York Times say is a best seller. I found myself struggling in the past to finish books. But at HI, the coursework recommended readings are one of the most interesting and eye-opening. Forget Seth Godin!



Referencing & Organisation
I spent a lot of time at the library and online resources finding for journals and articles. Something I thought was all academic fluff in the past. This however opened up my view on how to approach desktop research more accurately, which helps in my own day to day work.

Mobile Tech
If i said forget notebooks earlier on, perhaps two key assets in your MA journey that might be better are “Evernote” and any E-Reader. Lots of the recommended journals and supported reading for coursework projects comes in PDFs and HBR styled articles. Using a simple mobile device and application to capture and read anywhere is very important, especially if you are lying in bed at night after a long day at work, and have to catch up on some reading.


Be ready to answer your questions
If you are going to ask a question, perhaps a better way of approaching it, is to provide your point of view as your question instead. And then discuss it!

Group Dynamics
HI promotes massive amounts of group collaboration. So if you are an introvert, you might want to be better prepared. The coursework however does cater for individual contribution. Just be ready to be bombarded with open talks, coaching techniques, speaking and lots of hugs!


A space to call your own
There is no such thing as a classroom, its your home. HI is a space where you get away to think, ideate and collaborate. It’s how the students change and evolve with cohorts, that the space evolves as well. For us, this is truly a home environment with a family of people who cares how you progress in your MA.

Celebrate Underachievement
If you think you did badly in school, well think again. HI is a place that rewards you for mistakes. It simply means you need to tell them what you learnt. Being Asian, most of us are not comfortable with this. So a great incentive for those who are feeling less confident of getting through and MA.


Your own agency of friends
You will soon realise that most students who are working, end up not! This is simply how HI works. It shows you your true potential and how, as an individual or cohort, do better things within the digital space.  So be prepared for an unprepared career shift.

I hope this little list might be incentive enough for you to make that change in your life as well. The real learning is actually subjective, and like that paper trail of life experiences seen in that picture above, they are all different for each individual. Its how we bring our own spice of life to it, making it an adventurous journey.


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