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45 Questions with Veronica, Singapore (SMU)

OSAU Team

Meet Veronica. A current student at Singapore Management University (SMU), who is in her 4th year of Bachelor's studies in Social Science, with majors in Political Science and Corporate Communications. Prior to entering SMU, she graduated from Victoria Junior College. And she is a local student from Singapore.


Specifics

1. What school do you study in?  

Singapore Management University (SMU)

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

NIL

3. Why did you choose this school? 

I was very interested in the student culture here, as well as the way they teach students.


Scene (Questions that give hints of the school culture)

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

Vibrant student life and a lot of collaborations. 

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

NIL

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

I would hope that the school put less emphasis on class participation. 

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 observe, but everyone dresses quite similarly e.g. in sneakers and checkered 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?  

Fulfilling

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

I am generally quite proud of the whole school campus as a whole.

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

I want to try Finance as a major. 

12. What is a common myth of your school? 

That it’s popularity based and one have to be popular to survive or enjoy life here.

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

Project work and tests. 

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

Exchange students behave quite strange sometimes. 

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

Bubble tea.

45 Questions with Veronica, Singapore (SMU)LiHo bubble tea store in Singapore Management University (SMU)

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

I would probably expand the gym and make sure all the buildings on campus are connected via air-conditioned walkways.

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

Library


Tips (Info for future students)

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

Library level 4 by the windows. 

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

Koufu’s salad stall

45 Questions with Veronica, Singapore (SMU)Salad stall in Koufu at Singapore Management University (SMU)

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

Practically everywhere there are electrical plugs. 


Programs & Electives

21. What program are you in?  

Bachelor in Social Science, with majors in Political Science & Corporate Communications

22. Is this related to your dream job? 

The Political Science part is not related but the Corporate Communications part is related. 

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

Not really. 

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? 

I would think yes because it’s what everyone else is paying. I would recommend SMU to prospective students. 

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

$50,000 for four years

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

Political science modules are all generally good so no specific one.

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

This technological program called the CAT programme which everyone in SMU has to take. 

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

Not to cram too many classes in a day. 

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

A JC student because students from the political science programme need to read a lot (almost like a law student) and poly students are usually more experienced with projects. 

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

A new system was recently implemented. Before this new system, students cannot be exempted any modules but now I think we can S/U general studies. 

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

1:1

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

8

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

Marketing, public policy, public relations. 

34. Favorite Professor? 

Currently none.

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

It requires a lot of understanding, not just memorizing. 

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality? 

Ideal: 40-50 

Reality: 50+

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

United States or Japan. Both are sort of related to my programme.

38. Common exam formats include: 

Essay writing. 


Extra-Curriculum & Other Schools Activities

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

I do not have any but I’m the exception. Most students in SMU has some form of commitments outside of the study. 

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

Yes, definitely.

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? 

No comments on this. 

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

Starry starry night.

44. If you had to pay to NOT attend a particular event in school, what will it be? 

Camps are compulsory but I gave MC and did not attend. 

45. Is the school doing enough to engage students? 

Yes


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