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45 Questions with Jo, Singapore (NTU)

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Meet Jo. A current student at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), who is in her 4th year of Bachelor's studies in Linguistics and Multilingual Studies. Prior to entering NTU, she graduated from Anglo-Chinese Junior College. And she is a local student from Singapore.

- Specifics -

1. What school do you study in? Nanyang Technological University

2. Do you/others have a nickname for the school? None.

3. Why did you choose this school? I was choosing between National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and I found that in NUS, the program is more English centric and we have to do a year of general studies first so I chose NTU.

- Scene - (Questions that give hints of the school culture)

4. What is a scene that you often see in the school? Bustling activities at the Hive.

5. What is one thing that you wish you knew before enrollment? That it’s tough and because we are a very assignment based program, that there will be a lot of deadlines to adhere to.

6. Your school is great, but if you could change one thing, what would it be? Nothing.

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

8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? Different t-shirts of the different majors.

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? Ulu (Derived from Malay language meaning rural or a deserted place).

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

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

12. What is a common myth of your school? That there is no balance between school life and personal life.

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

14. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in the school? All sorts of animals.

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

16. If you were given $5 million dollars to revamp the school, what would you do with it? Improving the facilities, e.g Sports Recreation Centre in school.

17. In between classes, where can we find you? Study benches around school.

- Tips -  (Info for future students)

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

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

20. For free electricity in the school, where would you go to? A lot of places have them, especially air-conditioned study rooms.

- Programs & Electives -

21. What program are you in? Linguistics and Multilingual Studies.

22. Is this related to your dream job? Yes as I want to be a translator in future.

23. Do you know the actual value of your degree? $9K per year.

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 guess you have to wait till you get a job to see if it translates.

25. In your opinion, how much should a degree in your program cost? $5k per year.

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

27. If you could be exempted from any module in your program, what would it be? All the year 4 core modules.

28.What advice would you give to future students about module selection and planning? Go for what you are interested in.

29. If you had to choose one, would you advise a Singapore Junior College (JC)  or Polytechnic (poly) student to join your program? No difference.

30. In what scenarios will any student be exempted from any modules? If you’re from a similar major back in polytechnic.

31. Theory vs. Practical. In what ratio would you say your program content is? 9:1

32. On a scale of 1 – 10, how employable do you think students from your program are? 5

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

Speech Therapy

34. Favorite Professor? Prof. Ng Bee Chin – she’s a linguistics professor.

35. What is one thing that most people don’t know about your program? That’s it’s a cool program.

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?

Ideal: 20
Reality: 30

37. Given a chance to go on exchange, which country would you choose? Korea; good if you’re interested in studying foreign languages.

38. Common exam formats include: No finals, quizzes are in all sorts of formats.

- Extra-Curriculum & Other Schools Activities -  

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

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

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? I think it’s like a de-stress mechanism.

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

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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