Meet Gladys. A current student at Singapore University of Social Science (SUSS), who is in her 1st year of Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Marketing. 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 Science (SUSS)
2. Do you/others have a nickname for the school? Singapore University of Self Study.
3. Why did you choose this school?
It is a newly converted autonomous university of Singapore and it has a lower entry requirement compared to other local universities in Singapore. My friends also influenced me to join this school with them which is great since SUSS has a lot of self study components. Having a friend who motivates you to study and do well is a plus.
4. What is a scene that you often see in the school? People going for lunch after class or studying in study groups.
5. What is one thing that you wish you knew before enrollment? That SUSS does not have any co-curricular activities for students.
6. Your school is great, but if you could change one thing, what would it be? Provide some co-curricular activities for students and have more on-campus events to engage students actively.
7. And if there’s one thing you’d never change? The accessibility of food points and vending machines outside classrooms.
8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? T-shirt and shorts
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?Independent.
10. What is one place in the school that you are proud of?
Food Fest cafeteria outside Block C is easily assessible in between classes for a short break. It has a wide variety of food from light snacks such as sandwiches to a full meal like chicken rice.
11. If you could swap programs for a day, what would it be? I would try doing Business Analytics.
12. What is a common myth of your school? None that I know of.
13. If you ever had to stay in school past 9pm, what would it be because? School projects for submission the next day.
14. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in the school? None.
15. What is your one guilty pleasure you indulge in in school? Starbucks outside Block C.
16. If you were given $5 million dollars to revamp the school, what would you do with it? Organise more co-curricular activities and provide more sports facilities.
17. In between classes, where can we find you? Canteen at Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) or classrooms.
18. What is the best place to be as one with your laptop and lecture recordings? Study rooms.
19. In the occasion that the school has to downsize till only ONE food place remains, what will it be? Food Clique at Singapore Institute of Management (SIM).
20. For free electricity in the school, where would you go to? Study rooms
21. What program are you in? Marketing
22. Is this related to your dream job? Yes, I want to be a marketing executive or event coordinator in future.
23. Do you know the actual value of your degree? Not really.
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, since most modules requires a lot of self study with only six 3-hour seminar for one module.
25. In your opinion, how much should a degree in your program cost? $25,000 for 4 years.
26. What is the most unforgettable module you have taken?
Wired Up, a module that make us analyse ourselves and businesses regarding how current they are with the latest technologies.
27. If you could be exempted from any module in your program, what would it be? Accounting
28.What advice would you give to future students about module selection and planning? Pick the modules related to your prospective job and check the modules that you may be exempted for.
29. If you had to choose one, would you advise a Singapore Junior College (JC) or Polytechnic (poly) student to join your program? Polytechnic. It might be difficult for JC students to cope because there are a lot of independent learning required that is similar to polytechnic.
30. In what scenarios will any student be exempted from any modules? If you have taken similar modules previously in other institutions.
31. Theory vs. Practical. In what ratio would you say your program content is? 1:1
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.
34. Favorite Professor? Dawn Chow – She teaches statistics.
35. What is one thing that most people don’t know about your program? There is a lot of self studying involved and there is minimal coaching.
36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?
37. Given a chance to go on exchange, which country would you choose? Korea, because I like the culture there and it is an interesting culture that I wish to discover more.
38. Common exam formats include: Multiple Choice Questions and open-ended essay questions
39. Outside of the curriculum, do you have any other commitments in school? Not involved in any.
40. Would you say that it is difficult to manage both studies and other school activities? Yes, you need to be self-disciplined and good time management.
41. In your opinion, are there enough clubs & societies in school for students to choose from? Yes, but they are not widely known or communicated well to the students especially to the freshmen.
42. How do you think a Extra-Curriculum Activity add value to a student's overall experience? I think having a CCA will help to create stronger bonds among students.
43. The most memorable school event that you have attended would be: None.
44. If you had to pay to NOT attend a particular event in school, what will it be? One of this essay writing event.
45. Is the school doing enough to engage students? No, since many students only attend school 1-3 times a week, it is difficult to engage students outside of campus.