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53 Questions with Deeya, India (Yale-NUS)

Gloria Ho

Meet Deeya. A current student at Yale-NUS, who is in her 2ndyear of Bachelor of Economics program. And she is a  full-time international student from New Delhi, India. 


Specifics

1. What school do you study in? 

Yale-NUS

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

YNC

3. Why did you choose this school? 

I chose this school because of its location in Singapore and I’ve always wanted to pursue the sort of education they offer with its international exposure. A similar education structure in the United Kingdom and the United States would be so much more expensive. In addition, I received a lot of aid as well and it’s closer to home in New Delhi. 


Scene (Questions that give hints of the school culture) 

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

Sitting in the dining hall and chatting. 

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

How stressful it can be. Afterall, Yale-NUS is in Asia and Asian schools have this really competitive spirit. 

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

I’d say make some changes to common curriculum. Currently, all students have to take the same two literature or humanities modules as a requirement to graduate. I would make changes to allow students to choose from a few literature/humanities subjects. 

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

The community and how international it is. 

8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? 

It’s hot in Singapore so most people wear shorts and different Yale-NUS T-shirts. 

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?

Can’t think of any. 

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

Library.

53 Questions with Deeya, India (Yale-NUS)Library of Yale-NUS

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

Global Affairs. 

12. What is a common myth of your school? 

None. 

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

All students have to stay in residential colleges so we’re always in school past 9pm. 

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

I once saw a guy planking down the staircase outside Agora café. In a slithering manner. 

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

Food at Agora café e.g. its double chocolate chip cookies and muffins. 

53 Questions with Deeya, India (Yale-NUS)Agora Cafe in Yale-NUS

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

Advertise more about the international programs available. And of course, providing more funding for students. 

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

In my suite as classes are very close to the residences.


Tips (Info for future students) 

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

Library and the group study rooms inside it. 

53 Questions with Deeya, India (Yale-NUS)Study rooms inside the library of Yale-NUS

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

Dining hall as the meals here are proper meals and it’s also well balanced. 

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

Literally anywhere. Sockets are prevalent.


Programs & Electives

21. What program are you in? 

Economics. 

22. Is this related to your dream job? 

I don’t have a dream job yet but I think an Economics major will open up to a lot of opportunities in future. 

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

I pay $3000 per year after financial aid and mine is a 4 years program.

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 would say it’s very worth it. 

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

If you’re talking about the price before financial aid ($50K per year), I wouls set it at $20K per year. 

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

Modern Social Thought.

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

Scientific Enquiry. 

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

Don’t set your hopes too high on getting the one module you want, especially if you’re a freshmen as class sizes are maintained small and seniors have preference. 

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

Not applicable. 

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

None that I know of. 

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

It varies across different modules. 

32. On a scale of 1 – 10, how employable do you think students from your program are? 

7-8

33. Name 3 job fields people from your program go into.

Consulting 

Education

Public policy

34. Favorite Professor? 

None. 

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

That it’s structured like the American curriculum where you only pick your major at the end of your second year. 

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality? 

Classes are maintained at less than 25 students so I would say it’s already ideal. 

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

Maybe somewhere in the United Kingdom or the United States. Their liberal arts programs are well known. 

38. Common exam formats include: 

Essays. 


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? 

Not Applicable. 

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

Yes, definitely.

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

Yale-NUS is a school where students study hard and play hard. A lot of times, these CCAs are a form of entertainment as well. 

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? 

Yes.


Accommodation

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

Yes, it’s compulsory to stay on campus for Yale-NUS students.

47. Which part of campus do you stay at? 

Elm College. 

48. Name 5 adjectives about your hall/hostel. 

Convenient, Comfortable, Clean, Fun, Private. 

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

It’s compulsory to stay on campus. 

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

You will never run out of things to do. 

51. Are the amenities in the halls comprehensive? 

Yes.

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

Kettle.

53. Worst room mate ever? If not best? 

Our rooming arrangement is such that there are 5 rooms to one suite. You get your own room but you share common suite facilities with 4 other people. So far, all my suite mates are pretty cool and accommodating. 


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