The 39-year-old actress is certainly taking her studies - which she aims to complete by April 2019 - very seriously, even turning down jobs in order to fulfil the academy’s strict attendance requirements. However, that doesn’t mean she’s given up on showbiz projects entirely, working on a short film in the midst of blazing through the Intermediate part of her course.
We don’t know how you do it, Jeanette, but [baker boy] hats off to you.
Just building up an impressive portfolio didn’t seem to be enough for the up-and-coming starlet. In July 2017, it was revealed that she was accepted into the prestigious Beijing Film Academy. She started school in September last year and will soon join the likes of Vicki Zhao, Liu Yifei and Huang Xiaoming as notable alumni.
Photos: Instagram/Quan Yifong
Proving that one can never be too old (not that 46 is “old”) to don a graduate gown and cap, Nicky proudly attained his Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Beijing’s Peking University last year. The Scarlet Heart star is said to have juggled his work and studies for two years, and reportedly spent up to NT$4.1 million (approximately S$185,000) on his school fees.
Sharon described leaving her decade-long entertainment career at its peak to become a student at Tokyo’s Waseda University School of International Liberal Studies in 2005 as “the scariest, bravest thing” she had ever done in her life, but also noted that “huge risks are the only ones worth taking”.
After graduating and returning to the Lion City six years later with her new International Political Science and Law degree (very fancy), she took up a number of posts at Mediacorp - including Assistant Vice President and head of now-defunct online portal styleXstyle - before moving to Paris earlier this year.
It looks like life is always about adventures for the 43-year-old.
Photos: Wordpress/Sharon Au
Leehom was still a student at Williams College when he made his showbiz debut, juggling constant trips between America and Taiwan to record songs. By the time he graduated from Berklee’s Professional Music programme in 1999, he had already released five albums, including his breakthrough record Revolution.
In 2016, the 42-year-old returned to both his alma maters to be honoured with honorary degrees in music. “When I was a kid, Mom always wanted me to be a doctor. Today, I finally became one,” he gushed on social media.
Wang Leehom - we mean, Doctor Wang Leehom will be bringing his Descendants of the Dragon 2060 World Tour to Singapore on January 5, 7pm at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets are available on SportsHubTix.
Photos: Facebook/Wang Leehom
Did you know that the Thai-born actor, host, restaurant entrepreneur and all-around nice guy has three degrees? And two of them - a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Monash University and a bachelor’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from the Guangzhou University Of Chinese Medicine - were obtained after he had already entered showbiz. That overachiever.
Pornsak has shared that he was inspired by a National Day Rally speech by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong about the importance of early childhood education. As for TCM, he had seen how it cured his elderly father’s swollen hand many years ago, something that western medicine could not do. Now, he can personally tend to his dad as a certified physician himself.
Is Ariel secretly a time-travelling, teleporting ninja? During her year in London pursuing her Master’s degree in acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama from 2013 to 2014, the actress still managed to take on work engagements in Taiwan and China, while also completing her coursework and fulfilling minimum attendance requirements... and being so low-key that some students only found out she was in the same school as them on graduation day.
And somehow in the midst of all that, she managed to squeeze in time to plan for her wedding, which took place on Christmas Eve the same year she graduated. How on earth did she do it?
Photos: Weibo/Ariel Lin
Following the release of her debut album Do Not Destroy the Harmony in 1993, Kit dropped out of her Drama diploma course at LASALLE College of the Arts (a typical Singaporean parent’s nightmare, if we dare say so) to concentrate on her blossoming singing career, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year.
After making a name for herself both in Singapore and abroad with a host of Mandopop hits (and of course, everyone’s favourite National Day song ‘Home’), she returned to LASALLE to pick up where she left off, majoring in Music this time and graduating with honours in 2006.
Photos: Facebook/Kit Chan
Special mention: Bonnie Loo, Shane Pow
Bonnie and Shane were sent to the Beijing Film Academy by The Celebrity Agency for a brief but fruitful acting course last year and this year respectively, at the invitation of Chinese actor Feng Yuan Zheng.
Spending a few weeks on foreign soil immersed in a foreign culture was nothing short of an eye-opener for the two young artistes, who learned to view their craft in different ways that they may never have been exposed to if they had stayed in their comfort zone.
We’re sure these lessons came in handy when she was writing her own movie script, which, when we checked in with her a couple of months ago, she said may start being made into a film in April next year, if all those negotiations go well.
Photos: Instagram/Julie Tan
Special mention: Stefanie Sun
When the singer claimed her $500 worth of SkillsFuture Credit (a national movement that aims to help Singaporeans develop their potential) in 2016, she chose to spend it on a course on basic watercolour techniques at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, making it all the way up to the Advance 3 level before stopping.
Her newly acquired knowledge eventually inspired her latest album A Dancing Van Gogh, and she also got to show off some of her wicked artwork at the press conference to promote it earlier this year. Hey, whoever said learning how to paint is useless?