Meet Ashley. A current student at Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), who is in her 3rd year of Bachelor of Science in Finance. Prior to entering SUSS, she graduated from Temasek Polytechnic. And she is a local student from Singapore.
1. What school do you study in? Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS).
2. Do you/others have a nickname for the school? We just call it SUSS.
3. Why did you choose this school? It was my only option.
4. What is a scene that you often see in the school? Mostly students studying.
5. What is one thing that you wish you knew before enrollment?
The curriculum. Ours is a 6 week curriculum where you finish one semester worth of work in one term so the workload’s kind of heavy. Also, I wish I knew that there’s no exchange programs here.
6. Your school is great, but if you could change one thing, what would it be? Have our own campus and maybe also factor in a semester for exchange.
7. And if there’s one thing you’d never change? Cohort size.
8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? None.
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? Flexible.
10. What is one place in the school that you are proud of? Starbucks.
11. If you could swap programs for a day, what would it be? I would want to try out Marketing.
12. What is a common myth of your school? That everyone here is stupid.
13. If you ever had to stay in school past 9pm, what would it be because? School work.
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? Eating Mala from Singapore Institute of Management’s Block A canteen.
16. If you were given $5 million dollars to revamp the school, what would you do with it? Build a swimming pool.
17. In between classes, where can we find you? Food clique at Singapore Institute of Management (SIM).
18. What is the best place to be as one with your laptop and lecture recordings? Singapore Institute of Management’s Block B common study areas.
19. In the occasion that the school has to downsize till only ONE food place remains, what will it be? Mala stall at the halal food court in Singapore Institute of Management (SIM).
20. For free electricity in the school, where would you go to? Seminar Rooms.
21. What program are you in? Finance.
22. Is this related to your dream job? No, I actually want to go into the field of humanitarian work.
23. Do you know the actual value of your degree? $66,000 for 4 years.
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’m not really sure at this point.
25. In your opinion, how much should a degree in your program cost? $20,000 for 4 years.
26. What is the most unforgettable module you have taken? Culture
27. If you could be exempted from any module in your program, what would it be? Statistics.
28.What advice would you give to future students about module selection and planning? Study what you like.
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? Yes, there are some exemptions for polytechnic students who have had background in Finance.
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? 7
33. Name 3 job fields people from your program go into.
34. Favorite Professor? I don’t have one.
35. What is one thing that most people don’t know about your program? Nothing much. Most of the information can be found online.
36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?
37. Given a chance to go on exchange, which country would you choose? Milan, Italy – my brother went there for exchange but our school doesn’t offer exchanges.
38. Common exam formats include: Essay and short answer questions.
39. Outside of the curriculum, do you have any other commitments in school?
I am currently not involved in any CCAs as the school just started offering. However, all students are required to be involved in a compulsory service learning project where for 2 years, you have to commit yourself to a volunteer organisation of your choice.
40. Would you say that it is difficult to manage both studies and other school activities? Sometimes it’s difficult, especially during exam period.
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? It takes your mind off school work.
43. The most memorable school event that you have attended would be: Shantou Immersion Programme where I went to China for 2 weeks.
44. If you had to pay to NOT attend a particular event in school, what will it be? There was once a workshop I attended and it was on safety or something.
45. Is the school doing enough to engage students? Not sure if there’s any feedback channels for now.