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52 Questions with Kok Leong, Singapore (SUTD)

OSAU Team

Meet Kok Leong. A current student at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), who is in his 3rd year of Bachelor's studies in Engineering Systems & Design. Prior to entering SUTD, he graduated from Tampines Junior College. And he 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? 

NIL

3. Why did you choose this school? 

It’s interesting and different from other universities.


Scene (Questions that give hints of the school culture) 

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

People studying at different parts of the school. 

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

I wish I knew more about the Humanities Arts & Social Science module requirements. 

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

The freedom to choose Humanities Arts & Social Science modules and to have more variety. 

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

NIL

8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? 

None. 

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? 

Normal.

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

Fab Lab

52 Questions with Kok Leong, Singapore (SUTD)Fab Lab in Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD)

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

I would probably try out Information Systems Technology & Design (ISTD)

12. What is a common myth of your school? 

That we are a design-focused school.

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

Studying.

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

Nothing so far. 

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

Nothing much we can indulge in here, it’s a small school.

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

Invest in more resources for the Humanities Arts and Social Science subjects. 

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

Most likely the library. 


Tips (Info for future students) 

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

Library. 

52 Questions with Kok Leong, Singapore (SUTD)Library inside Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD)

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

Probably the Economical Rice stall so there’s variety to choose from on different days. 

52 Questions with Kok Leong, Singapore (SUTD)Economical Rice stall in the canteen at Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD)

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

Almost everywhere.  


Programs & Electives 

21. What program are you in? 

Engineering Systems & Design (ESD)

22. Is this related to your dream job? 

Not really, I'm just interested in Engineering in general.  

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

>$10K per year but not really sure how much exactly. 

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? 

For SUTD not really I think as our school is small and facilities are limited. Despite this, our school fees is about the same as other local universities. 

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

~$5K?

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

There was a design module I took in Freshmore year which was interesting to me as it’s a contrast to what I’m studying now. 

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

Humanities modules, at least those that I am not interested in but am required to take. 

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

I would say plan with a long term goal in mind.  

29. 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 guess. 

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

Not in any instances but i'm not so sure.  

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? 

7-8

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

Engineering, Consultancy, what else hmm...

34. Favorite Professor? 

None. 

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

I think our school and programs are quite transparent, so I don't think there are any surprises. 

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?  

Ideal: ~25

Current: Depends on the module and it varies. 

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

Maybe somewhere in Europe for its diversity.

38. Common exam formats include: 

Math paper format and open-ended questions. 


Extra-Curriculum & Other Schools Activities

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

I am involved in a sport. 

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

After Freshmore year it did get harder so I cut down to only one sport now. I used to be involved in more. 

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

Definitely.

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

For the one sports club that I'm in, I think I benefited as doing sports builds my perseverance. 

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

None. 

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? 

Yes.


Accommodation

46. Do you stay on-campus? 

Yes, it’s compulsory during Freshmore year. 

52 Questions with Kok Leong, Singapore (SUTD)Interior of Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD)

47. Name 5 adjectives about your hall/hostel. 

Routine, Strict, Clean, Convenient, Decent

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

No, surviving well without staying in hall now. 

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

Compulsory.

50. Are the amenities in the halls comprehensive? 

Quite decent.

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

Mini Fridge.

52. Worst room mate ever? If not best? 

Only ever had one and he was okay. 



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