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45 Questions with Samantha, Singapore (Singapore Polytechnic)

Gloria Ho

Meet Samantha. A current student at Singapore Polytechnic (SP), who is in her second year of Diploma studies in Applied Chemistry. And she is a local student from Singapore. 


- Specifics –  

1. What school do you study in? Singapore Polytechnic

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

3. Why did you choose this school? It’s conveniently located beside Dover MRT stations and is not as inaccessible as compared to other polytechnics. 


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

4. What is a scene that you often see in the school? There will always be a lot of camps going on and people will be going around marching and shouting.

5. What is one thing that you wish you knew before enrollment? That the school facilities are actually not that amazing. 

6. Your school is great, but if you could change one thing, what would it be? Have a better gym. The current one is actually in quite a bad state.

7.  And if there’s one thing you’d never change? The food variety. We have 6 food courts in school. 

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?Old. 

10. What is one place in the school that you are proud of? I like my school - School of Chemical and Life Sciences.

11. If you could swap programs for a day, what would it be? I will try out Architecture. 

12. What is a common myth of your school? That students from Singapore Polytechnic are all very hardworking. 

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

14. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in the school? I once saw this female student blindfolded, drenched and looking absolutely terrified. I think it’s like a camp thing and the freshie was attending an orientation camp. Oh yes, they also cross-dress the guys. The camps are all very extreme.

15. What is your one guilty pleasure you indulge in in school? Skip classes/go around the Attendance Taking System by leaving class after registering attendance on app.

16. If you were given $5 million dollars to revamp the school, what would you do with it? Revamp the field, gym and fix the sheltered walkway as it leaks now. 

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


- Tips -  (Info for future students) 

18. What is the best place to be as one with your laptop and lecture recordings? Depends on the day and the weather, it varies. 


19. In the occasion that the school has to downsize till only ONE food place remains, what will it be? Food Court 2 as their vegetarian stall's good and there’s not much vegetarian options around school. 

20. For free electricity in the school, where would you go to? Most study benches have electrical plugs.


- Programs & Electives - 

21. What program are you in? Diploma in Applied Chemistry. 

22. Is this related to your dream job? My program is quite broad and I can go into most science jobs. But if you’re talking about my specialisation, no I don’t want to become a laboratory technician. 

23. Do you know the actual value of your diploma? $1000+ per semester. 

24. Do you think a diploma in your course is cost efficient in terms of the quality of education you are receiving versus what you are paying? Yes, the laboratory work we do is quite up there. 

25. In your opinion, how much should a degree in your program cost? #Educationisforeveryone so make it free~

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

27. If you could be exempted from any module in your program, what would it be? Non-core modules take up a lot of time and does not give enough credit. Since it’s non-core, it shouldn’t affect my GPA so much. 

28.What advice would you give to future students about module selection and planning? You don’t get to choose modules and time slots. 

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

30. In what scenarios will any student be exempted from any modules? None. 

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? 7

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

Lab technicial                                 

Pharmacy 

Quality Control

34. Favorite Professor? Dr. Tan Yen Ling who taught me Basic Instrumental and is now teaching me Forensics Chemistry. 

35. What is one thing that most people don’t know about your program? That they will teach foundation mods in year 1 and expect you to retain all knowledge in the rest of your course period. For example, I studied Analytical Chemistry in Year 1 Semester 1 but the advanced version will only be taught in Year 3 Semester 1 and they expect us to remember. So I would say that the planning of modules is not good. 

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?

Ideal: 15 students.

Reality: 40 students. 

37. Given a chance to go on exchange, which country would you choose? Japan as it is quite technologically advanced. Students from the Material Science program got to go on exchange there and they did Nanoscience which was pretty cool. 

38. Common exam formats include: Multiple Choice Questions and structured questions. Oh yes, and practical exams. 


- Extra-Curriculum & Other Schools Activities -  

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

40. Would you say that it is difficult to manage both studies and other school activities? No. 

41. In your opinion, are there enough clubs & societies in school for students to choose from? Yes, more than enough but there can be more variety. Too much redundant ones. E.g. SPSU just have a lot of camps that are not for general welfare but only to cater to a small group of people. 

42. How do you think a Extra-Curriculum Activity add value to a student's overall experience? It connects you with people from other courses.

43. The most memorable school event that you have attended would be: LEX, it’s something like an overseas community involvement project. 

44. If you had to pay to NOT attend a particular event in school, what will it be? The compulsory 3 day orientation as it was planned by students and not by the school. 

45. Is the school doing enough to engage students? No. They ask for feedback but they don’t do anything. 


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