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52 Questions with Sara, Singapore (SUTD)

OSAU Team

Meet Sara. A current student at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), who is in her second year of Bachelor's studies in Information Systems Technology & Design. Prior to entering SUTD, she graduated from Victoria 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 was interested with the way they do things here and was sold by their marketing. I first heard of this school when I was in Sec 3 where I met someone from the school and he gave me the impression that SUTD is very futuristic and cool.


Scene (Questions that give hints of the school culture) 

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

People staying up late to study.

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

Nothing much I didn’t know before. 

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

The food options, stalls in the canteen keep changing and it only gets worse. 

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

The size of the school. 

8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? 

People here don’t really dress well, dressing comfortably is more important here so you see more of school tees. 

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?  

Busy

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

Fab Lab. There are different equipment for different purposes, e.g. electric lab, labs for metal work, acrylic, anything. Also, there are a lot of 3D printers. There used to be 3D printers in all Freshmore classrooms, free for students to use as well but I’m not sure if there are still anymore. 

52 Questions with Sara, Singapore (SUTD)Fab Lab at Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD)

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

Maybe Architecture. 

12. What is a common myth of your school? 

That it’s purely engineering. 

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

I stay in hostel so I’m always in school past 9pm.

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

Because everyone’s working on their own projects, you see a lot of weird productions/work in progress. 

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

Making use of the school resources to the fullest extent. 

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

Channel more funds to the different clubs and societies. 

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

Canteen, library or study benches around school. 


Tips (Info for future students) 

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

I like to study at the lobby of the school, outside the canteen as I personally like to eat and drink while studying/working. 

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

The Chicken rice stall. 


52 Questions with Sara, Singapore (SUTD)Chicken rice stall at the canteen of Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD)

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

There are electrical plugs in most places. 


Programs & Electives

21. What program are you in? 

Bachelor in Information Systems Technology & Design

22. Is this related to your dream job? 

Sort of. I’m interested in wearable tech and the software component can be learnt from my program. 

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

Not really. 

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?  

Even without thinking about salary in future, I think studying at SUTD is a unique experience. I wouldn’t mind paying for it but yes it is expensive. 

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

I think the idea of free education is quite good, and if you need to use any facilities/amenities then you pay for it accordingly as not everyone uses it so not everyone should pay. 

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

Design. I’m only in my second year and it’s mostly general modules in the first year. 

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

Math.

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

Back to back classes are not advisable. Try to have a break in between. Also, do talk to seniors beforehand to know what modules are popular, which professors are teaching the module etc.  Because if the module is popular, you will probably need to camp in front of the computer before the bidding period. 

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 there’s no difference between the two. 

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

I think there are no exemptions for my program at least. 

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

6:4

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

8

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

Data Analyst, Software Design, jobs in the IT sector.

34. Favorite Professor? 

Prof Oka – He taught Digital World which is like Introduction to Coding in year 1 (compulsory for all Freshmores) and now I'm taking his class in Computer Structure. 

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

People would assume it’s about coding and being an engineer but it’s more versatile and dynamic. Also, that Singapore Management University’s Information Systems track is completely different from ours. While theirs focus more on the business part of Information systems, ours is more about computer design and science. 

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?  

I can't say as it varies. 

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

Canada. Both in terms of program benefits and personal experience.  

38. Common exam formats include: 

Apart from presentations, we have papers on our computer as it’s mostly codes that we have to come up with. 


Extra-Curriculum & Other Schools Activities

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

Bowling and Fashion Club.

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

Not really. 

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

Way too many. I don't think it’s a good thing. 

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

I think it’s a good outlet to distress. 

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

Orientation. 

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? 

I’m not sure if they implemented any channels, but the student government does try to organize feedback sessions to listen to what we have to say. 


Accommodation

46. Do you stay on-campus? 

Yes

47. Name 5 adjectives about your hall/hostel. 

New, Convenient, A lot of common/study areas, Decent sized, Safe

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

It’s hard to decide. On one hard, it’s very hard to get “A”, on the other, I do live very far away from school. I guess I would give up an “A” if I get an “A” for   every other module. 

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

Convenient.

50. Are the amenities in the halls comprehensive?  

I don’t feel that I lack anything currently so I would say yes. 

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

Hair Dryer.

52. Worst room mate ever? If not best? 

I only had/have one room mate and I knew her before we roomed together so there’s no basis for comparison but she definitely does not classify as worst room mate ever!


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