Meet Cass. A current student at Singapore Management University (SMU), who is in his 3rd year of Bachelor's studies in Economics. Prior to entering SMU, he graduated from Raffles Junior College. And he is a local student from Singapore.
1. What school do you study in?
Singapore Management University (SMU)
2. Do you/others have a nickname for the school?
3. Why did you choose this school?
4. What is a scene that you often see in the school?
5. What is one thing that you wish you knew before enrollment?
6. Your school is great, but if you could change one thing, what would it be?
I would hope there’s the culture of helping each other, now it’s a bit competitive.
7. And if there’s one thing you’d never change?
Can't think of any.
8. The unofficial uniform of your school is?
None that I’ve observed.
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?
11. If you could swap programs for a day, what would it be?
12. What is a common myth of your school?
That we’re mostly party-goers.
13. If you ever had to stay in school past 9pm, what would it be because?
14. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in the school?
People having picnics in the basement.
15. What is your one guilty pleasure you indulge in in school?
Sneaking people into labs.
16. If you were given $5 million dollars to revamp the school, what would you do with it?
Come up with more study places.
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? Library
19. In the occasion that the school has to downsize till only ONE food place remains, what will it be? Koufu because there’s a variety of food.
20. For free electricity in the school, where would you go to? Practically everywhere.
21. What program are you in?
22. Is this related to your dream job?
Yes. Management Consulting.
23. Do you know the actual value of your degree?
Yes. $4.7K per semester
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?
No. I think it’s too expensive.
25. In your opinion, how much should a degree in your program cost?
$3k per semester.
26. What is the most unforgettable module you have taken?
Tech & World Change, it was just different from how other modules are constructed. There’s no structure to content. Professor just takes out his laptop, google tech news and talk about the world.
27. If you could be exempted from any module in your program, what would it be?
Leadership and Team Building. It’s compulsory for everyone in SMU.
28.What advice would you give to future students about module selection and planning?
Definitely calculate the amount of credits you need and see what kind of modules you can clear overseas and what can be cleared at other universities in Singapore.
29. If you had to choose one, would you advise a Singapore Junior College (JC) or Polytechnic (poly) student to join your program?
I would say JC students because most jc students have already been exposed to Economics in JC and there’s a lot of maths involved. Unless of course you were a business student in poly.
30. In what scenarios will any student be exempted from any modules?
Just general exemptions if you scored well in Economics in JC.
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.
Investment Banking, Management Consulting, Actuarial Analyst
34. Favorite Professor?
Prof. Hyunh Bau Tan who teaches Macro Economics
35. What is one thing that most people don’t know about your program?
You have to like statistics as well and not just maths in general.
36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?
Reality: 20-40 depending on popularity of module.
37. Given a chance to go on exchange, which country would you choose?
China, as it’s good for my program.
38. Common exam formats include:
Problem sums in the form of MCQ and Essays.
39. Outside of the curriculum, do you have any other commitments in school?
I am involved in a Start-up Program.
40. Would you say that it is difficult to manage both studies and other school activities?
Personally no, at least at this point but I can see a lot of my friends struggling.
41. In your opinion, are there enough clubs & societies in school for students to choose from?
42. How do you think a Extra-Curriculum Activity add value to a student's overall experience?
Most CCAs in SMU are academic based, so students can put it in their resumes.
43. The most memorable school event that you have attended would be:
SMU’s Patrons Day which is like the annual SMU birthday celebration. I organized productions for it, where we had local celebrities, performances and even the president came.
44. If you had to pay to NOT attend a particular event in school, what will it be?
Overseas Community Service Project (OCSP) which all SMU students have to clear 80 hours of community service whether in SG or on exchange. This is one thing that is different from other universities I guess.
45. Is the school doing enough to engage students?
On a scale of 0-10, 10 being enough, about 6.5.