Meet Priya. A current student at James Cook University (JCU), who is in her 2nd year of Bachelor's studies in Information Technology. Prior to entering JCU, she graduated from a high school in India. And she is a full-time local student from Singapore.
1. What school do you study in?
James Cook University (JCU)
2. Do you/others have a nickname for the school?
3. Why did you choose this school?
The Bachelor of Information Technology (IT) here is a quick, 2-years program unlike other universities in Singapore. In addition, the program content here includes a broad scope of IT subjects and not targeted at one specific IT subject.
4. What is a scene that you often see in the school?
Many group discussions going on, because for the majority of the semester, we do assignments and group work.
5. What is one thing that you wish you knew before enrollment?
How to socialize with students and teachers around here.
6. Your school is great, but if you could change one thing, what would it be?
Lengthen the program duration a bit more, so workload will be more even.
7. And if there’s one thing you’d never change?
The fact that the program has a lot of hands-on practice or group work and less studying. This helps in our personality development.
8. The unofficial uniform of your school is?
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?
Student hub – where students can gather to study or work on group assignments.
11. If you could swap programs for a day, what would it be?
12. What is a common myth of your school?
That we cannot get into as good jobs as graduates from local universities.
13. If you ever had to stay in school past 9pm, what would it be because?
During examination period, the student hub is open for 24hours and library is also open till late, so I’d probably be in school to access resources.
14. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in the school?
Prior to coming to James Cook University, my classes were usually 9am-5pm everyday. But here you can plan your timetable flexibly so it was a little strange for me at first.
15. What is your one guilty pleasure you indulge in in school?
16. If you were given $5 million dollars to revamp the school, what would you do with it?
Provide more corporate/internship opportunities for students.
17. In between classes, where can we find you?
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?
There’s only one canteen here and if I had to pick a stall, I would say, the Muslim stall.
20. For free electricity in the school, where would you go?
There are sockets almost anywhere in school.
21. What program are you in?
22. Is this related to your dream job?
Yes, it’s always been a passion. I love to do programming and I’m good in managing people so I would probably go into a job that combines these.
23. Do you know the actual value of your degree?
$46K 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, I’ve gained a lot of experience here. I like that it’s an active university and students don’t just sit there and learn, there is a lot more going on.
25. In your opinion, how much should a degree in your program cost?
$30K 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?
Advanced Software Engineering.
28.What advice would you give to future students about module selection and planning?
We have to schedule 8 classes in a week - 4 lectures and 4 practicals so I would say, maybe plan a day of heavier workload so you can have a rest day as well.
29. If you had to choose one, would you advise a Singapore Junior College (JC) or Polytechnic (poly) student to join your program?
30. In what scenarios will any student be exempted from any modules?
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?
I quite like most of the professors here but no, I don’t have a favourite.
35. What is one thing that most people don’t know about your program?
Technology constantly moves forward, so for our field, you have to keep yourself updated every 5 years to keep up with the changes. Even after you enter the workforce, you have to constantly learn.
36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?
Reality: can come up to 100 if the class involves students from all (Diploma, Bachelor and Masters) programs.
37. Given a chance to go on exchange, which country would you choose?
United Kingdom, mostly for personal interest.
38. Common exam formats include:
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Short-answer questions but rarely long answer questions.
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?
I haven’t been exposed to such a situation to find out.
41. In your opinion, are there enough clubs & societies in school for students to choose from?
Not really, I feel that there can be more, like that in the Australian campus.
42. How do you think an Extra-Curriculum Activity add value to a student's overall experience?
It may help in an individual’s personal development.
43. The most memorable school event that you have attended would be:
Games day where it’s all fun and games for the freshmen.
44. If you had to pay to NOT attend a particular event in school, what will it be?
I’m nearing graduation now and there are a lot of workshops being organised. While some are useful, some are not so relevant.
45. Is the school doing enough to engage students?
Yes, the school constantly gathers our feedback but changes are not as quick.