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53 Questions with Dolly, Singapore (NTU)


Meet Dolly. A current student at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), who is in her 4th year of Bachelor's studies in Mathematical Science. Prior to entering NTU, she graduated from Anglo-Chinese Junior College. And she is a local student from Singapore.


1. What school do you study in? 

Nanyang Technological University

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

Pulau NTU.

3. Why did you choose this school? 

Because they offered me what I wanted (Mathematics). The other school I was  considering is NUS.

Scene (Questions that give hints of the school culture)

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

Students studying or having supper

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

The curriculum structure.

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

Provide more facilities that have more sheltered areas.

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

School culture.

8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? 

Students here often dress down.

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? 

North Spine.

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


12. What is a common myth of your school? 

That a lot of people here commit suicide.

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

Project meetings.

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

Couples fighting at 1 or 2am.

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

Not doing anything but watch drama.

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

Build more sheltered areas, maybe create/build more air-conditioned spaces for students to study.

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

North Spine/Hall.

53 Questions with Dolly, Singapore (NTU)Nanyang Technological University (NTU)'s North Spine

Tips (Info for future students)

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

Minerva etc. Basically all the air conditioned study places around school.

53 Questions with Dolly, Singapore (NTU)Minerva Study Room at Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

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

North Spine Food Court, the chicken rice stall is good.

53 Questions with Dolly, Singapore (NTU)Food Court at North Spine of Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

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

Air conditioned study places usually have plugs.

Programs & Electives

21. What program are you in? 


22. Is this related to your dream job? 

Yes, I want to be a financial analyst in future.

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

$3.8K 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 guess, if not I can’t secure a job in future.

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

I wouldn’t price it lower because if a degree is so affordable that everyone can get it, it will be too competitive.

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? 


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

Always research on whether there are finals for a particular module and on its quiz/test weightage and workload.

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

Honestly, as polytechnic students have already been exposed to similar curriculum structure, they have an advantage. On the other hand, it may take a while for a JC student to adapt.

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

If the student have done similar modules during their polytechnic period and did well, or if a junior college student scored really well for related subjects.

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? 

That it consists of computing.

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?

Ideal: 20
Reality: up till 28.

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

Europe, as you can then travel around the region and be exposed to more countries.

38. Common exam formats include: 

Usually all problem sums, sometimes there might be MCQs. If the professor is crazy, you get 1 mark if you answer the question correctly, 0 mark if you don’t answer and -1 mark if you answer incorrectly. Which doesn’t make sense to me.

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?

I don’t think it’s difficult, it’s just about time management.

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? 

It gives you another platform to make friends and you can use the opportunity to ask seniors for advice.

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? 


45. Is the school doing enough to engage students? 

They do a lot.


46. Do you stay on-campus? If yes, see below: 


47. Which part of campus do you stay at? 

Currently Hall 12.

48. Name 5 adjectives about your hall/hostel. 

Family, Convenient, Homely, Comfortable, Shiok (Singapore slang, it means very enjoyable or pleasing)

49. Would you sacrifice an “A” for one of your core modules to secure a spot at hall/hostel? 

Yes, it’s the experience.

50. How would you describe hall life in a phrase? 

It makes your university life more wholesome.

51. Are the amenities in the halls comprehensive? 

Not bad.

52. If you can only bring one electrical appliance to hall, what would it be? 


53. Worst room mate ever? If not best? 

I’ve lived in single rooms so far.


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