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45 Questions with QY, Singapore (NUS)

OSAU Team

Meet QY. A current student at National University of Singapore (NUS), who is in her 2nd year of Bachelor's studies in Business Administration (BBA). Prior to entering NUS, she graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic. 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?

 None. 

3. Why did you choose this school?

 I chose National University of Singapore (NUS) for its good reputation and it’s been said that the business school here is the best. In addition, I also like the lifestyle here as well as its community service club (CDAC). 


Scene (Questions that give hints of the school culture) 

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

 Library always being crowded. 

45 Questions with QY, Singapore (NUS)Central Library in National University of Singapore


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

That I need to be outspoken to score class participation marks in class. 

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

 I would wish for a guide book when enrolling that is about class setting i.e. class participation and the module/graduation requirements. 

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

The welfare events, e.g. giving out of welfare packs during finals period. 

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? 

Excellent. 

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

 The Lee Kong Chian Museum.

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

Maybe I will try the program in Social Work.

12. What is a common myth of your school? 

That we are an in-between school that is somewhat in between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU) in terms of characteristics.

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

Project Work.

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

Nothing so far. 

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

Over-ordering all the fried food. 

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

Create some relaxing areas, something like the sleeping pods in Nanayang Technological University would be nice

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

 I will usually go for lunch or stay somewhere near to the tutorial room or lecture theater to do some work. 


Tips (Info for future students) 

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

 Central library.

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

 Probably one of the Halal western stall so everyone can eat. 

45 Questions with QY, Singapore (NUS)The Deck Canteen in Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, National University of Singapore

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

Central Library


Programs & Electives

21. What program are you in?

 Bachelor of Business Administration

22. Is this related to your dream job?

 I’m only in Year 2 so I have not chosen a specialization but I’m interested in supply chain management so a business degree is definitely related. 

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

 $9.6K per year. 

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? 

Business degrees are more expensive than other degrees. But I don’t understand why as we don’t have lab sessions and we just use seminar classrooms.

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

 $8.8K per year.

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

Business Law.

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

Business Data Analytics – I wish to be exempted but I also know it’s necessary because programming is important. 

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

 I would say for business school, the school babysits us quite a lot. They plan out our timetables for us in Year 1 and from Year 2 onwards, you can try out specialisation modules. So I would say, do the specialisation modules in Year 2 Semester 1, so you can have a clear idea of what you want to be specialized in. 

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

Depends. I think JC students will have a better command of language to do well in theory modules but Poly students would do better for the projects and presentations.

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

For Polytechnic students, we can get 20 module credits exempted. 

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?

 8

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

Accounting, Marketing, Sales

34. Favorite Professor? 

None. 

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

 In business, we have a lot of class participation components and that is not a known thing so I wasn’t prepared for it.  Also, competition is fierce here. 

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality? 

Ideal: 20-30

Current: 40-50

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

China or Korea. China is a high-growth market so there should be good opportunities while for Korea it’s mostly for personal interest. 

38. Common exam formats include: 

Depends on the modules. Those that have math content are mostly Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and open-ended questions while those that are more theory-based are mostly in the form of short-essay. 


Extra-Curriculum & Other Schools Activities

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

Community Service Club (CDAC)


45 Questions with QY, Singapore (NUS)One of CDAC's booths to raise funds

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, but a lot of them require a minimum level of commitments to their trainings and events. 

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

I would say it gives you an outlet to release stress and allows you to learn new skills.

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? 

Orientation Camp. 

45. Is the school doing enough to engage students?

Not really. 


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