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45 Questions with Gia, Singapore (ESSEC Business School)

Gloria Ho

Meet Gia. A current student at ESSEC Business School, who is in her 1st year of studies in Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA). Prior to entering ESSEC, she graduated in Paris and is an international student. 


Specifics

1. What school do you study in? 

ESSEC Business School

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

No. 

3. Why did you choose this school? 

It's a renowned business school and has one campus in Singapore so since I followed a French education system my whole life, I’m inclining towards an international career and this is the best way to get international exposure.


Scene (Questions that give hints of the school culture) 

4. What is your favourite thing to do in the school? 

During events I like to talk to other people A LOT. 

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

I wish I knew more about housing and transportation here in Singapore as well as people that I could have asked. 

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

Organization of schedules. 

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

That there’s a campus in Singapore. 

8. What do most students wear or how do people dress here? 

We dress quite diversely, but mostly flowy clothes due to the weather. 

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? 

Professional

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

The entrance of the school. 

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

I would probably try out Physics even though INSEAD doesn't offer science programs. 

12. What is a common myth of your school? 

That students here we go out a lot. Although it does apply to some communities here, it's not all of us. 

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

Work/project meetings. Sometimes, we enjoy our group so much that we stay back in school just to chill/hangout together. 

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

None.

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

Eating in the cafeteria, to eat here it’s convenient in terms of location but it’s also pricey.

45 Questions with Gia, Singapore (ESSEC Business School)Cafeteria in ESSEC Business School

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

Hire better staff to make the school eco-system more effective. Make guest rooms and event areas bigger too. 

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

Most of the time at the 2nd floor's study benches.


45 Questions with Gia, Singapore (ESSEC Business School)Study benches at 2nd level of ESSEC Business School Singapore Campus


Tips (Info for future students) 

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

Any one of the tables at the 4th floor as you'll be next to windows so there's natural light and there will also be a printer nearby. It’s also generally empty.


45 Questions with Gia, Singapore (ESSEC Business School)Study bench at 4th floor of ESSEC Business School Singapore campus

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

Fusionopolis/Buona vista/Cafeteria in school. I'd probably choose one of the restaurants in Fusionopolis. 

45 Questions with Gia, Singapore (ESSEC Business School)

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

We have plugs at most of the study areas.



Programs & Electives

21. What program are you in? 

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

22. Is this related to your dream job? 

I don’t have a dream job but I think the program does help in my path towards financial stability and travelling. 

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

I forgot. 

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? 

According to the impression I have in my mind, I think that the quality of the education is not very worth it as the school's way of assessing students is not proportionate. However, the value of the degree is worth upon graduation. 

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

Nil. 

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

Entrepreneurship and Geopolitics. 

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

None.

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

We don’t get to choose modules until our third year but in terms of timetabling it’s dependent on individuals' time management skills and this is important not just in terms of timetabling but also in the future too. 

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

N.A.

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

I’m not sure but I believe we do have some form of exemptions for modules. 

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

It depends on modules but we do have a lot of presentations and I think it’s good for us to develop practical skills as well. 

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

6.5 – 7 because what I'm doing is an undergraduate degree and it’s not Masters.

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

Accounting & Marketing. 

34. Favorite Professor? 

None. 

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

That the grading system is flawed.

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?

Ideal: 25

Reality: 43

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

I’m here on exchange to Singapore but if I had to choose another, probably another South East Asian country e.g. Hong Kong or China. 

38. Common exam formats include: 

Essay writing for modules such as geopolitics, mcqs for other subjects that has smaller coefficient, even marketing. But mostly we do presentations and answer long questions. 


Extra-Curriculum & Other Schools Activities

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

No. 

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

Yes, there are many but most of them are implemented in ESSEC in france. 

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

Fairly. 

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

It helps you make new connections and find new people.

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

Clubbing, we have guest lists to clubs. 

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? 

They do provide ways for us to give feedback on professors and how they can make it better but they don’t really act on it. 


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