Meet Gloria. A current student at Singapore Management University (SMU), who is in her 3rd year of Bachelor's studies in Social Science, with majors in Politics, Law & Economics. Prior to entering SMU, she graduated from National Junior College. And she 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?
For various factors e.g. balance between curriculum, teaching style, culture, and its convenient location.
4. What is a scene that you often see in the school?
People studying, people dancing at the underpass, and generally a lot of activities going on.
5. What is one thing that you wish you knew before enrollment?
Personally, I knew everything I wanted to know. There was nothing shocking that was difficult to adapt to.
6. Your school is great, but if you could change one thing, what would it be?
I wouldn’t change the freedom we have in planning schedules, choosing our curriculum, and deciding how involved we want to be in school.
If I had to change something, it might be the level of competitiveness. But on second thought, it’s also what makes Singapore Management University, Singapore Management University. It’s just a little bit toxic sometimes.
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. Sneakers are a common scene.
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?
We are all party goers. Working hard is a must for students here but with every other aspect of life, we have very diverse people in the school.
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?
Couple kissing under the tree; People who’re not from Singapore Management University coming to our basement to dance.
15. What is your one guilty pleasure you indulge in in school?
People-watching outside 1983 Café.
16. If you were given $5 million dollars to revamp the school, what would you do with it?
Invest in something for the less privileged students.
17. In between classes, where can we find you?
The outdoor seats of the 1983 café or in the library but specifically facing campus green.
18. What is the best place to be as one with your laptop and lecture recordings?
Outdoor seats of 1983 Café and the library, both facing campus green.
Law library is quite popular among students too.
19. In the occasion that the school has to downsize till only ONE food place remains, what will it be?
Koufu, as it has the widest range of food. And it’s reasonably priced.
20. For free electricity in the school, where would you go to?
Almost anywhere in Singapore Management University has electrical plugs for people to use.
21. What program are you in?
Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Politics, Law & Economics
22. Is this related to your dream job?
In a way. I am quite open so I don’t have a dream job, the knowledge from my program is very transferable and it helps to develop skills of critical thinking, general knowledge and understanding etc. that can be used in many jobs.
23. Do you know the actual value of your degree?
$6K 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?
Yes I think so. Because there are a lot of unseen costs the school spends on, for example for the resources and collaboration with the corporate world. Students just have to find out and maximize the opportunities.
25. In your opinion, how much should a degree in your program cost?
In all honesty, I think it’s worth more than the $6K per semester we’re paying but I’m happy to pay this price.
26. What is the most unforgettable module you have taken?
27. If you could be exempted from any module in your program, what would it be?
Program Writing & Reading (PWR).
28.What advice would you give to future students about module selection and planning?
I am quite chill so I would say plan something comfortable and enjoy every aspect of this stage in life.
29. If you had to choose one, would you advise a Singapore Junior College (JC) or Polytechnic (poly) student to join your program?
I think it really depends on what you did in Junior College and Polytechnic respectively and not which of the institutions you were from.
30. In what scenarios will any student be exempted from any modules?
If they have taken a similar course in prior education and they did sufficiently well.
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.
As my program is quite new, only in the second year running, I haven’t heard much but I intend to go into something social/consulting oriented.
34. Favorite Professor?
Professor Devin Joshi that teaches politics.
35. What is one thing that most people don’t know about your program?
It’s not a triple major, just one major but multidisciplinary
36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?
37. Given a chance to go on exchange, which country would you choose?
Korea, because of personal interest.
38. Common exam formats include:
39. Outside of the curriculum, do you have any other commitments in school?
I used to be involved in Samba Masala (It’s an African/Brazilian percussion club)
40. Would you say that it is difficult to manage both studies and other school activities?
It was difficult to manage but enjoyable and worth the effort.
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?
It gives a student social exposure, allows one to learn new skills and provides immersion in school.
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?
There are not many compulsory events and none that are so dreadful.
45. Is the school doing enough to engage students?
Yes. It’s really up to you how involved you want to be in school.
46. Do you stay on-campus?
No. There’s a scholarship program where scholars get to stay in hostels but the numbers are low. Besides, there’s no point to live on-campus as location of the school is very convenient.