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45 Questions with Ismail, Singapore (Singapore Polytechnic)

Gloria Ho

Meet Ismail. A current student at Singapore Polytechnic (SP), who is in his third year of Diploma studies in Mechanical Engineering. And he is a local student from Singapore. 


1. What school do you study in? 

Singapore Polytechnic

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


3. Why did you choose this school? 

Because my cousin studies here and he recommends it.

Scene (Questions that give hints of the school culture) 

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

Depending on the time period, either people studying or chilling and doing things in leusire.

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

That it’s best to start studying early.

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

Nothing I can think of for now.

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

I’m quite indifferent about this.

8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? 

T shirts and jeans. 

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?  

Either our machining workshops or the Aerohub.

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

I’d probably try something related to humanities. 

12. What is a common myth of your school? 


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

To study, I do it quite often actually. 

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

Some are not legal so I shall not venture into that haha

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? 

Invest more in scholarships for students. 

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

Spectrum near MacDonald’s or the library.

45 Questions with Ismail, Singapore (Singapore Polytechnic)Spectrum in Singapore Polytechnic

Tips (Info for future students) 

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

The library or the auditorium.

45 Questions with Ismail, Singapore (Singapore Polytechnic)Main library in Singapore Polytechnic

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

Wow, this is hard, but I would say Food Court 4, particularly the chicken rice stall as I like that their food quality is very consistent.

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

Most study benches have electrical plugs.

Programs & Electives

21. What program are you in? 

Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. 

22. Is this related to your dream job? 

Yes, I want to be an automotive engineer in future.

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

I pay around $2000 per semester. 

24. Do you think a diploma in your course is cost efficient in terms of the quality of education you are receiving versus what you are paying? 

Yes. The value of education cannot be measured monetarily and how the lecturers go out of their way to help you also makes it worthwhile.

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

I think the current pricing is reasonable so I wouldn’t change it. 

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

Mechanics 1.

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

Design and Build. Program involves too much work and is too troublesome. 

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

Be prepared for jumbled up time schedule. It’s best to pass modules at one go if not you would have to retake and this may screw up your schedule.

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? 

If they have studied relevant subjects in ITE. This is the only exemption I know of. 

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.



Automotive Engineering

34. Favorite Professor? 


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

It’s not what it seems like at the start. You may think that you will handle a lot of practical at first but it’s really theory based and understanding how things work before going into the practical parts.

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?

Ideal: 20 students.

Reality: In year 3 it’s around 20 students but in year 1 and 2 the class is bigger. 

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

China or Germany as these countries have good industries that are related to my field. 

38. Common exam formats include: 

Math papers and long answer questions similar to problem sums. 

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? 

Personally for me it’s hard so I don’t have any, but I’ve seen friends or aquaintances who have a lot of commitments but still do well in school. 

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

Yes, there’s variety but it may not cater to everyone’s wants but yes, there’s a healthy amount. 

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

The friends you make in the process and the networking can help you in future. 

43. The most memorable school event that you have attended would be: 

Can’t think of any. 

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? 

So far so good.


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