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45 Questions with Jesslyn, Singapore (NUS)

OSAU Team

Meet Jesslyn. A current student at National University of Singapore (NUS), who is in her 3rd year of Bachelor's studies in Statistics. Prior to entering NUS, she graduated from Victoria Junior College. And she is a local student from Singapore. 


Specifics

1. What school do you study in? 

National University of Singapore (NUS)

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

NIL

3. Why did you choose this school? 

It has the course that I am interested in while Singapore Management University doesn’t. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has it, but NUS seems to have a better brand name than NTU. 


Scene (Questions that give hints of the school culture) 

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

Students studying / students queuing for freebies /   students playing sports.

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

That I should have cleared certain modules in the first semester. 

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

Organize more activities I suppose.

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

Orientation activities. 

8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? 

T-shirts with 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?

Tough.

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

Sports and Recreation Center’s indoor swimming pool.


45 Questions with Jesslyn, Singapore (NUS)Indoor swimming pool at the Sports and Recreation Center, National University of Singapore

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

I would like to try out Computing. 

12. What is a common myth of your school? 

That our school culture is vibrant but in reality, many people do not join activities because curriculum is too taxing.

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

Schoolwork/CCAs.

14. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in the school? 

Someone catching insects in school.

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

NIL.

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

Upgrade all the water coolers as well as refurbish all the old toilets. 

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

Food places/study clusters. 


Tips (Info for future students) 

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

Science study cluster above the canteen. 

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

Utown’s Hwang’s restaurant. 

45 Questions with Jesslyn, Singapore (NUS)Hwang's restaurant in University Town, National University of Singapore

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

Anywhere with air-conditioning. 



Programs & Electives

21. What program are you in? 

Bachelor of Science in Statistics

22. Is this related to your dream job? 

Kind of. I would like to go into jobs that has more to do with numbers. 

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

Not exactly, I only know the rough number.

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? 

Yes, for the facilities, and teaching caliber of professors. 

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

$24K in total?

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

CS1010S Methodology in Computing

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

None. 

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

Be forward looking and aware of prerequisites and university’s requirements and workload as the year progresses.

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

JC students as there is a lot of math involved. 

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

Not sure about this as I wasn’t offered any exemptions. 

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

2:1

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. 

Data analytics/ scientist, research assistant, teaching

34. Favorite Professor? 

None. 

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

There are not as many scholars as one would think. They are mostly in Math and Qualitative Finance programs.

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality? 

It doesn’t really matter to me. The junior year classes are small in size, at about 20 students; while in Senior year, it is mostly mass tutorials.

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

Europe, mostly for personal interest. 

38. Common exam formats include: 

Closed book format, but cheat sheets are allowed.


Extra-Curriculum & Other Schools Activities

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

Sports club. 

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

Yes. 

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? 

Helps one to make friends and make school life a little bit more vibrant. 

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? 

Events in school are not compulsory. 

45. Is the school doing enough to engage students? 

Yes.

 


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