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45 Questions with KY, Singapore (NUS)



Meet KY. A current student at National University of Singapore (NUS), who is in his 1st year of Bachelor's studies in Chemistry. Prior to entering NUS, he graduated from Serangoon Junior College. And he 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? 

I was considering between National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) because only these two had the Chemistry program. For the other local universities, Singapore University of Technology & Design is more focused on engineering and the rest more arts-based, in my opinion. 

Scene (Questions that give hints of the school culture) 

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

Just students milling around. 

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

Better insights of the modules besides the technical abstract they share on the school website. 

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

 Increase the shuttle bus frequency during peak hours. 

45 Questions with KY, Singapore (NUS)Bus stop at University Town, National University of Singapore

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

Not here long enough to find out. 

8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? 

I don’t think there is any.

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? 

I can't think of any.

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

Science canteen. 

45 Questions with KY, Singapore (NUS)Canteen at Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore

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

 Chemistry to Psychology. 

12. What is a common myth of your school? 

That students from National University of Singapore (NUS) don’t have a life. 

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

 I don’t have to stay in school past 9pm so far. 

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

Nothing in particular. 

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

Fish n Chips from Western stall at Science canteen.

45 Questions with KY, Singapore (NUS)The Western Food stall at the canteen in Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore

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

I would flatten the Faculty of Arts area, not destroy it of course, just make it less difficult to walk around as it’s too hilly now. 

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

Study benches outside the Lecture Theaters.

Tips (Info for future students) 

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


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

Chicken cutlet stall from the air conditioned part of the science canteen. 

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


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

Programs & Electives

21. What program are you in? 


22. Is this related to your dream job? 

Yes, as I want to go into Chemistry research in future. 

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

$4K 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? 

I feel that it’s expensive, but in relation to university price before government subsidy, it’s not that bad. 

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

$1-2K per semester might be more reasonable. 

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

Math module – lectures are quite creative. 

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

None so far. 

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

You really should discuss with your seniors about each of these modules before bidding. Also, it might be good for you to attend the talks that teach you about the bidding system if not you may find it hard to effectively bid for the modules you want due to confusion. 

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

 I feel that Junior College students can cope better because some of what is being taught was not covered in Polytechnic but was taught in Junior College.  The professors will assume that you already know it. However, in terms of presentations and projects, which I haven’t experienced yet, a Polytechnic student might do better. 

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

For those who graduated from Polytechnic, they have about 12-16 less credit requirements for their unrestricted electives (if I’m not wrong). There are also some placement tests you can take to see what you can be exempted. 

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. 




34. Favorite Professor? 


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

It's too early for me to say as I'm still in my first year.

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?

Ideal: Lectures: 100-200; Tutorials: 10-20

Reality: our cohort is small so lectures include everybody which is fine. Tutorials so far have been okay as well. 

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


38. Common exam formats include: 

MCQs and short questions. 

Extra-Curriculum & Other Schools Activities  

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

Not yet but I’m intending to join one. 

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

I think it depends on the person. If you’re already coping fine with school work, it’s worth a shot. If not, just be clear about yourself and focus on your studies. 

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

There are a lot but not publicized enough so it’s hard for students to source for info and join a CCA.

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

 If it’s for personal interest, it helps one to develop in their interest area. If you can get any leadership role, it will teach you people skills and planning skills. 

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

Only attended orientation so far but it’s not really planned by school. 

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


45. Is the school doing enough to engage students? 

Haven’t experienced any such channels where I can give feedback. 



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