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45 Questions with Abigail, Singapore (NUS)

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Meet Abigail. A current student at National University of Singapore (NUS), who is in her 3rd year of Bachelor's studies in Chemistry. Prior to entering NUS, she graduated from Tampines Junior College. And she is a local student from Singapore. 


Specifics

1. What school do you study in?

National University of Singapore (NUS)

2. Do you/others have a nickname for the school? 

None. 

3. Why did you choose this school? 

For me, it was either Nanyang Technological University (NTU) or National University of Singapore (NUS). I chose NUS in the end as it is nearer to my house than NTU. 


Scene (Questions that give hints of the school culture) 

4. What is a scene that you often see in the school? 

People studying everywhere. The study rooms are already packed even during the first weeks of the school.

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5. What is one thing that you wish you knew before enrollment? 

I wish that I had more information on the structure of classes and the overall environment. This is important as it affects how you cope with the stress of studies.  

6. Your school is great, but if you could change one thing, what would it be? 

Some of the lectures are really long (at like 3hrs each), so maybe break them up into smaller sessions?

7.  And if there’s one thing you’d never change? 

NIL

8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? 

School t-shirts, shorts, and slippers.

9. When you meet a new friend for the first time and you have to describe your school with one word, what would it be? 

Shag

10. What is one place in the school that you are proud of? 

None. 

11. If you could swap programs for a day, what would it be? 

Maybe trying something from the Faculty of Arts & Social Science

12. What is a common myth of your school? 

That people study all the time. 

13. If you ever had to stay in school past 9pm, what would it be because? 

Lectures.

14. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in the school? 

People. There are some pretty weird people in school. 

15. What is your one guilty pleasure you indulge in in school? 

None. 

16. If you were given $5 million dollars to revamp the school, what would you do with it? 

Refurbish the labs. 

17. In between classes, where can we find you?

Hanging around classrooms. 


Tips (Info for future students) 

18. What is the best place to be as one with your laptop and lecture recordings? 

Study rooms, not to be confused with discussion rooms that you have to book in advance. 

19. In the occasion that the school has to downsize till only ONE food place remains, what will it be? 

Science Canteen. 

NUS Science Canteen

20. For free electricity in the school, where would you go to? 

Most places are furnished with electrical plugs. 


Programs & Electives

21. What program are you in? 

Chemistry.

22. Is this related to your dream job? 

Yes, but I would like to keep my dream job private for now. 

23. Do you know the actual value of your degree? 

$4K per semester. 

24. Do you think a degree in your course is cost efficient in terms of the quality of education you are receiving versus what you are paying? 

I think so. I’m definitely learning a lot and I think tuition fees here are already cheaper than other countries. U.S., for example, have really expensive school fees. 

25. In your opinion, how much should a degree in your program cost? 

$2K maybe?

26. What is the most unforgettable module you have taken? 

General Modules/ Electives, for example, Traditional Chinese Medicine or Advertising etc. which pushes me out of my comfort zone. 

27. If you could be exempted from any module in your program, what would it be? 

Singapore Studies as you have to write a lot of essays for it. 

28. What advice would you give to future students about module selection and planning? 

I think you have to plan ahead before the actual bidding, look at reviews and choose modules that you really like. Alternatively, you can choose those modules that you are confident in if you need to pull up your grades or those that make you learn something that you can apply in future. 

29. If you had to choose one, would you advise a Singapore Junior College (JC)  or Polytechnic (poly) student to join your program? 

Polytechnic. For my program, there are a lot of lab work involved and polytechnic students would be equipped with the basic lab work skills already and a JC student has to learn from scratch. Sometimes it may be hard for them to catch up. 

30. In what scenarios will any student be exempted from any modules? 

None that I know of. 

31. Theory vs. Practical. In what ratio would you say your program content is? 

4:1

32. On a scale of 1 – 10, how employable do you think students from your program are? 

9

33. Name 3 job fields people from your program go into.

Qualitative Analysis /Qualitative Control

Research and Development 

Food and Nutrition 

34. Favorite Professor? 

Dr. Xu Hai Ruo, she taught me Physical Chemistry and also lab. 

35. What is one thing that most people don’t know about your program? 

None. 

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?

Ideal: lectures about 100; Tutorial <20 

Current: For some modules, it’s already quite ideal. 

37. Given a chance to go on exchange, which country would you choose? 

I’m going on exchange to United States next semester. It’s both for personal interest and because it’s a good opportunity for my program content. 

38. Common exam formats include: 

Multiple Choice Questions, structured tests etc. 


Extra (Curriculum & Other Schools Activities)

39. Outside of the curriculum, do you have any other commitments in school? 

Nope, I don’t really participate in school activities. 

40. Would you say that it is difficult to manage both studies and other school activities? 

Nope, I think it depends on the individual. For me, I didn’t join because I am lazy and not because it’s difficult to manage. 

41. In your opinion, are there enough clubs & societies in school for students to choose from? 

Yes. 

42. How do you think a Extra-Curriculum Activity add value to a student's overall experience? 

Helps one to make friends I guess. 

43. The most memorable school event that you have attended would be: 

None that I’ve attended. 

44. If you had to pay to NOT attend a particular event in school, what will it be? 

None. 

45. Is the school doing enough to engage students? 

Yes. 

                                                      


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