Meet Daniel. A current student at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), who is in his first year of Bachelor's studies in Information Systems Technology & Design. Prior to entering SUTD, he graduated from Raffles 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?
3. Why did you choose this school?
I like the short duration of programs here and its special pedagogy.
4. What is a scene that you often see in the school?
Most activities happen in the lobby where everyone walks past, events occur here every 1-2 weeks.
5. What is one thing that you wish you knew before enrollment?
6. Your school is great, but if you could change one thing, what would it be?
I’ve been doing a lot of administrative work in school and I found that the response time from various departments regarding admin requests are usually very slow and they don’t communicate between departments.
7. And if there’s one thing you’d never change?
8. The unofficial uniform of your school is?
Don't think there is any.
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?
Fab Lab. It’s a fabrication area that’s open to students 24/7.
11. If you could swap programs for a day, what would it be?
I'm still a Freshmore.
12. What is a common myth of your school?
That it’s faster to get a degree here but it’s actually still 8 terms like the rest.
13. If you ever had to stay in school past 9pm, what would it be because?
Group projects or Fifth Role (Extra-Curriculum Activity)
14. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in the school?
Still relatively new here so none that I’ve observed.
15. What is your one guilty pleasure you indulge in in school?
Using the rooms with air conditioning even when I’m not supposed to.
16. If you were given $5 million dollars to revamp the school, what would you do with it?
I would rebuild the school to support automation.
17. In between classes, where can we find you?
In the classrooms.
18. What is the best place to be as one with your laptop and lecture recordings?
19. In the occasion that the school has to downsize till only ONE food place remains, what will it be?
Economical Rice stall, no particular reason, only that I usually buy from here.
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 am interested in tech field so Information Systems Technology & Design is quite relevant. And it gives job security.
23. Do you know the actual value of your degree?
$7,400 per term.
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, as it’s quite similarly priced across all Singapore education institutions. And Singapore University of Technology and Design graduates are quite employable.
25. In your opinion, how much should a degree in your program cost?
Current price is reasonable.
26. What is the most unforgettable module you have taken?
Humanities module about philosophy.
27. If you could be exempted from any module in your program, what would it be?
Most humanities module.
28.What advice would you give to future students about module selection and planning?
In Freshmore year it’s fixed schedule so no comments for now.
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. In Singapore University of Technology & Design, there’s this unstated pressure to self study. To succeed, you need a lot of prerequisite skills and personally I came from a Junior College and I felt that I’m losing out to the Polytechnic students as they have already acquired quite some skills from Polytechnic.
30. In what scenarios will any student be exempted from any modules?
None that I know of.
31. Theory vs. Practical. In what ratio would you say your program content is?
As of now, for Freshmore, we are mostly doing Theory but I have talked to seniors and it would progress to more practical and hands-on.
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.
Systems Admin, Telecommunications, Computer Science.
34. Favorite Professor?
No one for now,
35. What is one thing that most people don’t know about your program?
A lot of skills you are expected to learn on your own. What is taught in class is bare sufficient.
36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?
37. Given a chance to go on exchange, which country would you choose?
Some exotic country just for the experience.
38. Common exam formats include:
It depends on the modules. One thing to note is that even if it’s paper exam, it won’t be a large component of your grade. Other grading criteria are projects presentations etc.
39. Outside of the curriculum, do you have any other commitments in school?
Ring Committee. Making this RFID tagged rings to distribute to students. It’s an initiative of the school. RFID is to replace campus card. EXCO member of graphic design club.
40. Would you say that it is difficult to manage both studies and other school activities?
Submission deadlines usually come altogether and it can be tough. But other than that it’s fine so far.
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?
We value technical skills in this school and there’s a lot of activities that teaches you technical skills that can help you.
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?
No. There is supposedly a student government, and we are sending in feedback. But there is a lack of communication between the departments so the feedback stay with the student government and the school don’t really listen and act on it.
46. Do you stay on-campus?
47. Name 5 adjectives about your hall/hostel.
Quiet, Tight Knitted, Modern, Fun, Comfortable.
48. Would you sacrifice an “A” for one of your core modules to secure a spot at hall/hostel?
No. It’s not so important to me.
49. How would you describe hall life in a phrase?
The hall is just a place to stay, no attachment to it.
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?
Current room mate doesn’t stay much in room so we don’t communicate much and there’s no conflict.