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45 Questions with Justin, Singapore (SIM-UoW)

Gloria Ho

Meet Justin. A current student at Singapore Institute of Management – University of Wollongong (SIM-UoW), who is in his 3rd year of Bachelor of Computer Science in Digital Systems Security. Prior to entering SIM-UoW, he graduated from Republic Polytechnic. And he is a local student from Singapore. 


1. What school do you study in? 

Singapore Institute of Management – University of Wollongong (SIM-UoW)

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


3. Why did you choose this school? 

They have the course that I want, which is Computer Science. And SIM is the only school I could enter. 

Scene (Questions that give hints of the school culture) 

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

Crowded bus stops.

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

How tough the course will be. 

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

I wish we were given the option to choose the date and time of lectures/tutorials.

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

The facilities here. It’s quite comprehensive and convenient to use. 

8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? 

Any comfortable clothing. 

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? 


45 Questions with Justin, Singapore (SIM-UoW)Tay Eng Soon library in Singapore Institute of Management (SIM)

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

Game Development.

12. What is a common myth of your school? 

Never heard of any. 

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

Studying for exams. 

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

Nothing much. 

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

Coffee from food clique/kampung.

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

Provide shuttle services to the MRT as the public buses are always crowded.

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


45 Questions with Justin, Singapore (SIM-UoW)Food Clique foodcourt in Singapore Institute of Management (SIM)

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? 

Food Clique’s Ayam Penyet.

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

Any study benches around school. Electrical plugs are quite abundant. 

45 Questions with Justin, Singapore (SIM-UoW)Study benches in Singapore Institute of Management (SIM)

Programs & Electives

21. What program are you in? 

Computer Science.

22. Is this related to your dream job? 

No, I’m taking up this program for interest. I currently hold a job doing insurance and will likely continue on even after I graduate with my degree in Computer Science. 

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

$24K for 2 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, it’s considered quite cheap compared to other schools.

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

About $1K per mod, so $16K for 2 years.

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? 

You cannot choose class timing so not much advice I can give with regards timetable planning. Module selection wise, I would say pick the right major. 

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

For JC students it might be a big jump as so far I think it’s easier for Polytechnic students to adapt to the university teaching style. 

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

A student may get up to two years of exemptions depending on how much background they’ve had prior to coming here. I, for example was exempted from Year 1 because I was from an IT program in polytechnic.

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.


Systems security analyst

34. Favorite Professor? 


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

How tough it is. 

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?

Ideal: 30-40

Reality: 30-40

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

Never thought about this. 

38. Common exam formats include: 

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), open-ended questions, short answer questions. 

Extra-Curriculum & Other Schools Activities

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


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

Not applicable. 

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

Yes, there’s quite a lot. 

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

Not applicable. 

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? 

Yes, every semester the school will force you to answer the feedback questions on student portal. 


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