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38 Questions with Lionel, Singapore (Kaplan Singapore)

Gloria Ho

Meet Lionel. A current student at Kaplan Singapore, who is in his 1st year of Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems and Computer Science. Prior to entering Kaplan, he graduated from Raffles Junior College and completed Kaplan’s Diploma course. And he is a local student from Singapore. 

- Specifics – 

1. What school do you study in? Kaplan.

2. Do you/others have a nickname for the school? No.

3. Why did you choose this school? No particular reason. 

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

4. What is a scene that you often see in the school? Students stepping out of campus to smoke. 

5. What is one thing that you wish you knew before enrollment? How little classes there are every week. 

6. Your school is great, but if you could change one thing, what would it be? I wish that the course materials were more in depth.

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

8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? None that I’ve observed. 

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?Private.

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? I would try out either History or Philosophy.

12. What is a common myth of your school? None comes to mind. 

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

14. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in the school? Nothing. 

15. What is your one guilty pleasure you indulge in in school? Nothing.

16. If you were given $5 million dollars to revamp the school, what would you do with it? I would hire better lecturers who are more committed. 

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

- Tips -  (Info for future students) 

18. What is the best place to be as one with your laptop and lecture recordings? I don’t think anywhere in school would be better than home.

19. In the occasion that the school has to downsize till only ONE food place remains, what will it be? Pepper Jade. It's a Thai, vegetarian restaurant.

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

- Programs & Electives - 

21. What program are you in? Computer Science and Business Informatics

22. Is this related to your dream job? Yes, as I want to be a software engineer eventually. 

23. Do you know the actual value of your degree? I pay $15K for 16 modules to be completed in 16 months.

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? No. 

25. In your opinion, how much should a degree in your program cost? $12K for the 16 months duration. 

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

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

28.What advice would you give to future students about module selection and planning? Have an overview on how long you plan to complete all the module as well as take note of when each module is available. 

29. If you had to choose one, would you advise a Singapore Junior College (JC)  or Polytechnic (poly) student to join your program? I think students from both camps can cope in their own way. 

30. In what scenarios will any student be exempted from any modules? Not really sure about this. 

31. Theory vs. Practical. In what ratio would you say your program content is? 4:6

32. On a scale of 1 – 10, how employable do you think students from your program are? 6.

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

Backend developer

Software engineer

Programmer.

34. Favorite Professor? None. 

35. What is one thing that most people don’t know about your program? It’s not as theoretical as it should be.

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?

Ideal: 10

Reality: 20-30

37. Given a chance to go on exchange, which country would you choose? Somewhere in Europe or maybe the United States.

38. Common exam formats include: It’s usually short answer questions.




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