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45 Questions with Alyssa, Singapore (NUS)


Meet Alyssa. A current student at National University of Singapore (NUS), who is in her 3rd year of Bachelor's studies in Nursing. Prior to entering NUS, she graduated from Nanyang Polytechnic. And she is a local student from Singapore. 


1. What school do you study in? 

National University of Singapore (NUS)

2. Do you/others have a nickname for the school? 


3. Why did you choose this school? 

It is one of the two universities in Singapore that has a Nursing program. The other university being Singapore Institute of Technology. 

Scene (Questions that give hints of the school culture) 

4. What is a scene that you often see in the school? 

Students studying around the school.

45 Questions with Alyssa, Singapore (NUS)Study Benches in National University of Singapore

5. What is one thing that you wish you knew before enrollment? 


6. Your school is great, but if you could change one thing, what would it be? 

Branding. I find that National University of Singapore focuses a lot on branding itself to be very prestigious, but it doesn’t translate to student’s learning. 

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


8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? 


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? 


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


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

Foreign Affairs. 

12. What is a common myth of your school? 

Can’t think of any. 

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? 


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

Eating mala hot pot in Faculty of Arts and Social Science. 

16. If you were given $5 million dollars to revamp the school, what would you do with it? 

Buy more study benches, especially to put around Medicine School. 

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

Common study areas in Medicine School.

Tips (Info for future students) 

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

Common study areas at Medicine School/Medicine library.

45 Questions with Alyssa, Singapore (NUS)Study Benches at Medicine School

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

The canteen at Faculty of Science. 

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

Medicine Library. 

Programs & Electives

21. What program are you in? 


22. Is this related to your dream job? 

Yes, because my program is very niche. 

23. Do you know the actual value of your degree? 

$4.5 - $5K per semester.

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. There should be more contact lessons, it’s currently 100% e-learning. 

25. In your opinion, how much should a degree in your program cost? 

I would set it at same price because the facilities that we use to train are quite expensive. The only part that needs to be improved are the lessons and lab time. 

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


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

Research & Medical Sociology. 

28.What advice would you give to future students about module selection and planning? 

For nursing program, core modules are fixed and cannot be selected. 

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 that the program here is tailored more for JC students. For most poly students, they will usually go to the Nursing program at Singapore Institute of Technology instead where the content is quite different. All who enroll in Singapore Institute of Technology’s Nursing program has to be a registered nurse first. 

30. In what scenarios will any student be exempted from any modules? 

If you’re a poly student with nursing background, you can be exempted from the entire Year 1 and also from 2 modules in Year 2. 

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


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


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

Nursing, Air Stewardess, Medic. 

34. Favorite Professor? 

Dr. Lydia who teaches Lab work. 

35. What is one thing that most people don’t know about your program? 

Nothing much. The program is quite transparent.

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?

Ideal: Below 20
Current: 19

37. Given a chance to go on exchange, which country would you choose? 

United States, as it’s good for my program. 

38. Common exam formats include: 

It’s all Multiple Choice Questions for finals. Essays and proposals for project. 

Extra-Curriculum & Other Schools Activities 

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


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

Not Applicable. 

41. In your opinion, are there enough clubs & societies in school for students to choose from? 


42. How do you think a Extra-Curriculum Activity add value to a student's overall experience? 

Not Applicable. 

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


44. If you had to pay to NOT attend a particular event in school, what will it be? 

Rag & Flag. 

45. Is the school doing enough to engage students? 



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