It was Aqil Luqman B. Zamberi's first time in a polytechnic.
What he saw from the campus at Singapore Polytechnic made the 15-year-old determined to study there in the future.
He was taking part in a programme run by his school Zhenghua Secondary, which will receive the Lee Hsien Loong Award for Innovations in the Normal Course this year.
It has been praised for thinking creatively to help academically weaker students.
Aqil was one of his school's Secondary 3 Normal (Academic) students who spent five days at Singapore Polytechnic this year learning about tourism and hospitality.
There, he experienced fine dining at the polytechnic's Graduates' Guild and observed how a restaurant was run.
He said: "The place was big, the school environment was very nice and the teachers were friendly."
On one of the days, he even went to Bugis and spent a few hours with his schoolmates speaking to tourists, finding out why they chose Singapore as a holiday destination.