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53 Questions with Erica, in Singapore on exchange (NUS)

OSAU Team

Meet Erica from the United States. An international exchange student at National University of Singapore (NUS), who is here for one semester. She is in her 3rd year of Bachelor's studies in Life Sciences


Specifics 

1. What school do you study in? 

National University of Singapore (NUS)

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

None that I’ve heard of. 

3. Why did you choose this school? 

It’s known as a good school, based on its ranking, and also the location. I’ve always wanted to visit Singapore. Also, there are some modules here that I really like, which also fulfills my home university’s criteria. 


53 Questions with Erica, in Singapore on exchange (NUS)Greenery inside National University of Singapore


Scene (Questions that give hints of the school culture) 

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

Nothing special, usually of people studying. 

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

I did quite a thorough research before coming so nothing much I wish I knew. 

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

Quite happy with how it is now. 

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?

Science. 

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

Utown. 

53 Questions with Erica, in Singapore on exchange (NUS)University Town in National University of Singapore

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

I want to try Computer Science. 

12. What is a common myth of your school? 

None that I can think of. 

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

There are no classes that late in school but I usually stay past 9pm at the library to study.  

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

None. 

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

Fruits at the canteen in Faculty of Science. 

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

Rebuild some buildings as the current layout of the school is quite confusing. 

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

Science Library/ Med Library/Platypus bar. 


Tips (Info for future students) 

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

Utown - there is a starbucks outlet there as well as common study areas.  


53 Questions with Erica, in Singapore on exchange (NUS)Starbucks in Education Resource Centre at University Town, National University of Singapore

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

Japanese food at the canteen at faculty of science.

53 Questions with Erica, in Singapore on exchange (NUS)Japanese food stall in the canteen at Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore

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

Almost anywhere. 


Programs & Electives

21. What program are you in?

Life Science.

22. Is this related to your dream job? 

Yes, I want to be a researcher in future. 

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

Yes, but I pay to my home university. 

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. It’s good education and environment for studying is great as well. 

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

N.A.

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

Stem Cells. 

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

I don’t hate any modules such that I hope to be exempted but I do think that the workload for level 4 modules is too high.

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

I’m here for my third year so I am currently taking three level 4 modules and two level 3 modules and it’s crazy. I would say, be careful about how many modules you are taking. Go easy on yourself. 

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

N.A.

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

Don’t think there are any exemptions. 

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

I think this is dependent on the modules you choose to take but there are definitely a lot of theory going on. 

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

For Life Science work, most people have to further their studies after Bachelor’s so I can’t say for sure but if I had to put a number to it, I would say 8-9. 

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

Research, Teaching, Private sectors. 

34. Favorite Professor? 

Prof. Reshma Taneja who teaches Advanced Cell Biology. 

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

The program details are quite transparent I think. 

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?

Ideal: <30
Current: 60.

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

I am currently on exchange in Singapore, but if I had to choose one more, maybe one of the Scandinavian countries, for personal interest mostly. 

38. Common exam formats include: 

Usually either Multiple Choice Questions or short essays. 


Extra-Curriculum & Other Schools Activities

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

Just hall activities/events at Prince George’s Park House where I stay on campus.

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

I don’t think so as it’s quite convenient to attend these external activities if you live on campus. 

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

Yes.

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

I think it’s a good way to make friends, especially if you’re here alone. In addition, it’s fun to do something else besides studying.

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? If yes, see below: 

Yes.

47. Which part of campus do you stay at? 

Prince George’s Park House; which is also a part of Prince George’s Park Residences (PGPR)

48. Name 5 adjectives about your hall/hostel. 

Active, Fun, Welcoming, Supportive, Community. 


53 Questions with Erica, in Singapore on exchange (NUS)Lim Seng Tjoe Lecture Theatre 

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

Yes, as an international exchange student it is easier and more convenient to stay on campus. In some instances, it might be cheaper too. 

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

Quite nice to have some people you know for the short few months you’re here. 

51. Are the amenities in the halls comprehensive? 

Yes, I have most things I need. 

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

NIL.

53. Worst room mate ever? If not best? 

I live in a single room so no room mates, but people in hall are nice.

 


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