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45 Questions with SY, Singapore (SIM-UOL)

Gloria Ho

Meet SY. A current student at Singapore Institute of Management-University of London (SIM-UOL), who is in her 2nd year of Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Computing and Information Systems. Prior to entering SIM-UOL, she graduated from Serangoon Junior College. And she is a local student from Singapore. 


Specifics

1. What school do you study in? 

Singapore Institute of Management – University Of London (SIM-UOL)

Atrium of Singapore Institute of Management (SIM)

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

None.

3. Why did you choose this school? 

My ‘A’ levels results was not good enough to grant me entry into public universities, and here they offer the course I want.


Scene (Questions that give hints of the school culture) 

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

Students insanely studying. 

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

That there’s no holidays in the year. Officially we are on holidays in December but in reality, everyone have to use this time to rush through coursework which is due on 15thJanuary so there is no real break/holidays.

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

The module selection system. It’s pretty difficult to get the modules we want. We only get to start choosing classes when the system opens at 10am and they only release a limited number of slots. Subsequently, they slowly increase the openings every 30 minutes so we kind of have to camp in front of the computer screen to wait for openings. All in all, it makes it hard to plan the timetable.

Also, the system will only let you know at the end that classes you have selected clash yet they will not tell you which is the class that clash so it’s hard to make adjustments as well. 

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

That we get to choose our timetable although it is a difficult process.

8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? 

Dress down outfit. 

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?

Stressful.

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

Starbucks

Starbucks cafe in Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)

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

I would try cyber security.

12. What is a common myth of your school? 

That it’s easy because it’s a private school.

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

Chilling with friends.

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

I’ve seen an entire corridor solely dedicated to students from the international academy. The doors to it are even locked to prevent other students from accessing.

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

Starbucks.

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

Have more food places as it is currently not enough to cater to the growing population of students. 

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

Around school common areas.


Tips (Info for future students) 

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

Library. 

Tay Eng Soon library of Singapore Institute of Management (SIM)

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

Food clique.

Food clique foodcourt in Singapore Institute of Management (SIM)

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

Study benches with electrical plugs.


Programs & Electives

21. What program are you in? 

Computing and Information Systems.

22. Is this related to your dream job? 

I currently don’t have a dream job. 

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

$38K for 3 years.

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, as other private universities charge much more expensively.

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

$25K for 3 years, so as to make it more affordable as the loans system in place now are not very friendly for students in private universities. We can only take loans of a limited amount from banks and if you cannot afford to pay the rest, you cannot enrol.

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

Mathematics, because of the lecturer.

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

Introduction to E-Business as it involves too much essay writing. 

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

When you’re trying to select classes, write down your schedule so you can see an overview. Also, depending on where you live, you can choose shorter days but more days over the week or longer days but you come to school less often.

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 this programme involves a lot more theory. 

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

If you have taken a particular module in polytechnic, you may be exempted. 

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

9:1

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.

Software Engineering

Info security

Artificial Intelligence

34. Favorite Professor? 

Mr Koh – He previously taught me Introduction to E-Business and he is currently teaching data communications. 

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

That students from IT courses will be able to solve all hardware and software problems of electronics.

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?

Ideal: 40

Reality: 200

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

Japan, as there are a lot of interesting technology present there.

38. Common exam formats include: 

It depends on each module but it’s usually essays and short answer questions. 


Extra-Curriculum & Other Schools Activities

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

None. 

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

NA.

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

Yes, they even bring in external parties to conduct talks and workshops. Students who wish to improve themselves can always choose to attend.

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

Nurture their interest I guess.

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? 

None.

45. Is the school doing enough to engage students? 

I haven’t heard of any changes that arose from the school’s feedback system. 



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