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45 Questions with Claudia, Singapore (JCU)

Gloria Ho

Meet Claudia. A current student at James Cook University (JCU), who is in her 2ndyear of Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology Studies. Prior to entering JCU, she completed the Pre-University Foundation Programme straight after secondary school. And she is a full-time local student from Singapore. 


Specifics

1. What school do you study in? 

James Cook University (JCU).

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

Just JCU.

3. Why did you choose this school? 

I came here for the Psychology program. At the point when I was choosing schools, the only other school that offered the pre-university foundation programme is Singapore Institute of Management (SIM).


Scene (Questions that give hints of the school culture) 

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

Crowd.

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

That they were going to shift the campus to Aljunied, they used to be at Thomson. 

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

Location. It’s in the middle of 2 MRT stations and there are no buses here from each MRT. The walk over takes about 15 minutes.  

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

I like that they are quite into the whole environmental sustainability thing. 

8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? 

All sorts of 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?

Multinational.

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

Courtyard.

45 Questions with Claudia, Singapore (JCU)Courtyard of James Cook University (JCU), Singapore campus


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

Environment Science – it’s a relatively new program. 

12. What is a common myth of your school? 

That it’s a cooking school and I’m in some culinary program. 

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

To use the library.

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

Nothing.

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

Sex/Junk food. 

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

Change the location. 

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

Library or canteen. 


Tips (Info for future students) 

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

Student hub.

45 Questions with Claudia, Singapore (JCU)Study benches in the student hub in James Cook University (JCU), Singapore campus

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

Economic Rice. 

45 Questions with Claudia, Singapore (JCU)Economic rice stall in the canteen of James Cook University (JCU), Singapore campus

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

Student Hub. 

45 Questions with Claudia, Singapore (JCU)Student hub in James Cook University (JCU), Singapore campus


Programs & Electives

21. What program are you in? 

Psychology. 

22. Is this related to your dream job? 

I don’t really have a dream job, psychology is just one of my interests. 

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

$50K 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? 

In terms of the education and student services, I think it’s quite worth it, but I think the school can do better in terms of size and facilities.

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

$35K for 3 years. 

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

The Arts modules that are more philosophical. 

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

Statistics.

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

I heard that now students are not allowed to mix level 1/2/3 modules and they have to take it in sequence. So be sure you know about this before coming here, as it can be quite tough to take all level 3 modules at the same time. 

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

No difference. 

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

If you’ve had relevant background but it’s usually only level 1 module exemptions. 

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

6:4

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.

Educators in special schools

Counsel inmates in prisons

Researchers

34. Favorite Professor? 

Dr. Anita – She teaches the arts modules. 

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

That Bachelor of Arts in Psychology does not mean I learn humanities. Psychology is the core subject.

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?

Ideal: 20

Reality: 20-30

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

Any European countries far from Singapore. 

38. Common exam formats include: 

Mostly essays. 


Extra-Curriculum & Other Schools Activities

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

No. I would if I live nearer to school but I live really far away in Jurong. 

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 a lot but the groups are small. 

42. How do you think an 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: 

None. Likewise, live too far away to want to participate. 

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’m not sure if they have a specialised department for feedback but the student services staffs are quite receptive to our complaints and counsellors are empathetic as well. 



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