Meet Maysy. A current student at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), who is in her 2nd 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.
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 To Dawn
3. Why did you choose this school?
I came here specifically for the Engineering System Design (ESD) program.
4. What is a scene that you often see in the school?
During the submission period, people often sleep overnight in classrooms, school lobby and other public areas.
5. What is one thing that you wish you knew before enrollment?
That the first year is very tough because you go through everything, even things you’re not interested in.
6. Your school is great, but if you could change one thing, what would it be?
Student life I guess. As the school is very small, people are more of a certain type and there’s not too much fun to be had
7. And if there’s one thing you’d never change?
8. The unofficial uniform of your school is?
It depends on the specialization I think. Mine has more variety. But quite a number just wear SUTD shirts and cargo pants, for the guys at least.
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?
That we have a MRT station right in the center of our school.
11. If you could swap programs for a day, what would it be?
I'm currently in the Engineering Systems Design program but I won’t swap as I came to this school specifically for this program.
12. What is a common myth of your school?
That we’re all nerds.
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?
15. What is your one guilty pleasure you indulge in in school?
We don’t really have a lot of sleep especially during freshmore year but we still hang out with friends a lot and sacrifice sleep as we all stay in the same hostel.
16. If you were given $5 million dollars to revamp the school, what would you do with it?
Channel the fund to different clubs and societies.
17. In between classes, where can we find you?
Study benches near the MRT exit.
18. What is the best place to be as one with your laptop and lecture recordings?
Study benches near the MRT exit as it’s quite cooling, I study there most of the time. Or the library.
19. In the occasion that the school has to downsize till only ONE food place remains, what will it be?
20. For free electricity in the school, where would you go to?
21. What program are you in?
22. Is this related to your dream job?
I think so, it’s what I’m interested in but I don’t have a dream job yet.
23. Do you know the actual value of your degree?
$6K before scholarship.
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 think so, there are quite a lot of opportunities in school. A lot of emails sent by the school that provides a lot of networking opportunities. As a student you just have to maximize it.
25. In your opinion, how much should a degree in your program cost?
I think it should be slightly higher than other universities like NTU and NUS as the nature and structure of our education is different.
26. What is the most unforgettable module you have taken?
Coding, because it’s really difficult and traumatizing.
27. If you could be exempted from any module in your program, what would it be?
Physics, because it’s irrelevant to my program.
28.What advice would you give to future students about module selection and planning?
As of now, in Year 2, I don’t have to plan a lot. Choices mostly come when you specialize.
29. If you had to choose one, would you advise a Singapore Junior College (JC) or Polytechnic (poly) student to join your program?
Polytechnic students as they would be more equipped with skills and projects required for the program.
30. In what scenarios will any student be exempted from any modules?
Yes. Usually in year 1 but it’s rare.
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.
Data Analyst, business analyst, researcher.
34. Favorite Professor?
35. What is one thing that most people don’t know about your program?
We are actually quite business oriented.
36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?
Reality: 50 but some people don’t come so it’s quite okay now.
37. Given a chance to go on exchange, which country would you choose?
I went to China, as my GPA was only eligible for the China programs. Also due to personal interest I guess.
38. Common exam formats include:
It varies with modules and professors.
39. Outside of the curriculum, do you have any other commitments in school?
Volleyball and Student Government.
40. Would you say that it is difficult to manage both studies and other school activities?
I think it’s ok but if you procrastinate, everything will just snowball and then it becomes difficult.
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?
Helps one to make friends and learn something new.
43. The most memorable school event that you have attended would be:
44. If you had to pay to NOT attend a particular event in school, what will it be?
45. Is the school doing enough to engage students?
Yes, there’s something called the GRASS session, where the student organization provides free food to students and get them to feedback.
46. Do you stay on-campus?
Yes, I did in Freshmore year.
47. Name 5 adjectives about your hall/hostel.
Homely, no life, fun
48. Would you sacrifice an “A” for one of your core modules to secure a spot at hall/hostel?
No, I don’t really need it that much.
49. How would you describe hall life in a phrase?
You don’t have to tell your parents where you are at all times.
50. Are the amenities in the halls comprehensive?
51. If you can only bring one electrical appliance to hall, what would it be?
52. Worst room mate ever? If not best?
I’ve only had good one and she was very accommodating.