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51 Questions with Kerri, Singapore (SUTD)

Lila Sonnenschein L

Meet Kerri. A current student at Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD), who is in her 3rd year of Bachelor's studies in Architecture and Sustainable Design. Prior to entering SUTD, she graduated from National Junior College. And she is a local student from Singapore.


Specifics 

1. What school do you study in?  

Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD)

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

Stay up till dawn

3. Why did you choose this school? 

I’ve had personal issues initially and a friend encouraged me to apply for early admissions here. I didn’t apply to others.


Scene (Questions that give hints of the school culture)

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

I’m always in studio so I mostly see other students working on their projects.

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

I wish I had known more about architecture. We learn a wide variety here i.e. practices of the big companies but not the nitty gritty. These we have to learn ourselves and during internship.

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

Change the student admin and keep the student culture.

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

Can't think of any. 

8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? 

Pyjamas. People can  even give presentations in this.

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?  

Different.

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

The Jackie Chan pavilions. 51 Questions with Kerri, Singapore (SUTD)One of the pavilions gifted by Jackie Chan to Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD)

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

Information Systems Technology & Design. I like programming. It’s different from what I think I will do.

12. What is a common myth of your school? 

That it’s a private university.

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

I always stay past 9pm because of the universal architecture industry as a whole.

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

Unusually large number of green birds previously yet now they’re all gone.

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

NIL

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

Change the canteen. The food sucks.

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

In studio or in the canteen.


Tips (Info for future students)

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

Library or the area outside the canteen. Or in studio depending on the nature of  the work I have to get done.

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

Korean food/muslim food because it’s better than the rest and more affordable.

51 Questions with Kerri, Singapore (SUTD)Korean food stall in the canteen of Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD)

Programs & Electives

20. What program are you in? 

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Architecture and Sustainable Design

21. Is this related to your dream job? 

Yes, to be an architect.

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

$6k per term for 7 terms.

23. 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 don’t know,  I think first year was quite useless for my program. It’s only relevant to EPD program, not to others which I think is quite unfair.

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

No opinion on this. 

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

I think core studio. The module that you have to exercise your design thinking and design a landscape/structure thing.

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

Everything in first year except coding as a lot of modules in the first year are quite useless for my program, for example, electrical engineering. 

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

Students from Architecture program rarely get to choose until final year. When you get to choose, only a few can be chosen anyway.

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

No difference I think. I know of both scenarios and don’t think there’s anything to do with prior education. Though if you’re someone who doesn’t work well in groups then it may be hard for you to adapt as there’s a lot of project work involved.

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

If you’ve had been to SUTD for exchange during your Polytechnic days, the module that you have taken can be exempted.

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

1:1

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

6 to 7

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

Architect, architect engineering, graphic designer.

33. Favorite Professor? 

Architecture Adjunct lecturer, Jane

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

There are some who think that there’s no coding involved, but there’s actually quite a lot. Not as much as ISTD but it’s still more than freshmore year.

35. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality? 

Ideal: 15
Reality: 50 (first year) but decreases over the years as you progress but it’s because people split into different pillars.

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

Japan as I’m interested in their architecture.

37. Common exam formats include: 

Mostly projects and tests. There are not so many exams. But there are essays and math exams etc.


Extra-Curriculum & Other Schools Activities

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

Mountaineering and rock climbing

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

Difficult, have to make compromises. But clubs here are quite relaxed. For mountaineering, I don’t need to go for every training and this is usually the case for most clubs unless you’re in a super competitive club e.g. dance club.

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

Yes, there’s quite a lot to choose from.

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

Take your mind off studies.

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

Band presence is quite big here. There are many events and band performances and usually are all pretty good.

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

Nothing is compulsory.

44. Is the school doing enough to engage students? 

Not enough.


Accommodation

45. Do you stay on-campus? 

Yes
46. Name 5 adjectives about your hall/hostel. 

Only four:  Strict security; Communal; Boring; Relaxed vibes 

47. Would you sacrifice an “A” for one of your core modules to secure a spot at hall/hostel? 

No.

48. How would you describe hall life in a phrase? 

Living with friends. That’s it. Not very eventful. I like it like that though, there’s less pressure.

49. Are the amenities in the halls comprehensive? 

I think they provide enough.

50. If you can only bring one electrical appliance to hall, what would it be? 

Mini fridge.

51. Worst roommate ever? If not best? 

My first one was bad. We both had to do this survey to see how compatible we were as roommates, I put there that I don’t use the air conditioner and in hers she wrote that she did. We got roomed together anyway and every night she turns on the air conditioner, in addition to her fan AND mine. Once, I caught a cold because of it and it was during mid terms so I asked if I could turn it off for a while but she said no, it would cause breakouts in her face. All in all, there was no compromise at all and in the end I chose to room with someone else instead.


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