Meet P. A current student at National University of Singapore (NUS), who is in her 2nd year of Bachelor's studies in Material Science. 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?
National University of Singapore has a better material science program compared to Nanyang Technological University as far as I know.
4. What is a scene that you often see in the school?
5. What is one thing that you wish you knew before enrollment?
I did quite a thorough research before coming here so I guess there’s nothing much I wish I knew.
6. Your school is great, but if you could change one thing, what would it be?
Make the module selection more flexible.
7. And if there’s one thing you’d never change?
8. The unofficial uniform of your school is?
Quite a mix.
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?
This study area near the engineering blocks – it’s a much better study area compared to other areas of National University of Singapore (NUS).
11. If you could swap programs for a day, what would it be?
12. What is a common myth of your school?
That everyone in National University of Singapore is smart.
13. If you ever had to stay in school past 9pm, what would it be because?
Studying for exams / society and club activities
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?
Western food @ Engineering canteen but I’m not sure if it’s still there.
16. If you were given $5 million dollars to revamp the school, what would you do with it?
Build more lifts, it’s very hilly in this school so a little hard to get around.
17. In between classes, where can we find you?
Usually at the library or study benches.
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?
Air Conditioned food court @ Utown – there's quite a good selection and it’s air conditioned.
20. For free electricity in the school, where would you go to?
21. What program are you in?
Bachelor of Engineering in Material Science and Engineering.
22. Is this related to your dream job?
I want to work as a lab technician so it’s kind of related.
23. Do you know the actual value of your degree?
~$9K 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?
Yes. I find that the education quality here is quite good.
25. In your opinion, how much should a degree in your program cost?
$6K per year.
26. What is the most unforgettable module you have taken?
All of the modules I’ve taken so far have been kind of good but not one in particular is unforgettable.
27. If you could be exempted from any module in your program, what would it be?
28.What advice would you give to future students about module selection and planning?
Don’t plan your timetable by the semester. Before you enter the program, plan your 4 years of modules in advance.
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 it varies across modules as some modules are more geared towards hands-on which may be better for polytechnic students while those heavily science based modules may be better for JC students.
30. In what scenarios will any student be exempted from any modules?
None that I know of.
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?
People think that we pick materials for different jobs but one have to work in the lab a lot to come up with new materials.
36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?
Ideal: Lecture-no preference; Tutorial: 20
Reality: 30-40 depending on modules.
37. Given a chance to go on exchange, which country would you choose?
Sweden. The universities there have quite good material science programs.
38. Common exam formats include:
papers that usually involves a lot of calculation.
39. Outside of the curriculum, do you have any other commitments in school?
Cat Café – where we take care of the 7 campus cats.
40. Would you say that it is difficult to manage both studies and other school activities?
41. In your opinion, are there enough clubs & societies in school for students to choose from?
Yeah, there are more than enough.
42. How do you think a Extra-Curriculum Activity add value to a student's overall experience?
For my CCA, I learnt how to take care of animals, it’s kind of like learning a new skill.
43. The most memorable school event that you have attended would be:
I’ve only attended the Cat Cafe open house so far.
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?
Yes, the school frequently sends out emails to ask for students’ feedback.