Posts Tagged: Academics

Prophecy Fulfilling

As I look back on the essays I wrote before leaving, postulating what I would get out of an experience studying abroad in Hong Kong, I find that most every prediction came true. I began my study of Chinese to explore a strong budding interest in Asian language and culture. Check. I brought my violin… Read more »

Looking Back at Singapore

Studying abroad in Singapore has been a journey like no other. I think that studying abroad has been beneficial both for my personal growth and academics. I learned a lot about an extremely different culture, and the culture shocks I experienced throughout my journey helped me gain a better global perspective. The personal growth I… Read more »

Reflection

Upon reflecting on my experiences in Singapore, I came to realize that I have grown, both personally and professionally. I came to Singapore with little to no idea what I wanted to do in the future. Sure, I had my economics classes where I learned about some theory about banking and how our financial system… Read more »

Finals culture

Singapore is culturally known as one that has extreme focus on academics and grades. Therefore, it is no surprise that around finals week, the level of stress for all students is at an all time high. The libraries gets packed, and sometimes students even sleep overnight in the libraries while studying. I too got sucked… Read more »

The dreaded midterm season

Libraries are packed, extracurricular activities slows down, and studying is at an all time high– yup, it’s midterm season. Academics in NUS has a slower pace than NU because NUS has a semester system. Instead of the usual 3 hours of lecture per week , modules usually have 2 hours. Nonetheless, midterm season is very… Read more »

Just a Small Girl in a Big World

161566The National University of Singapore is huge. I think after two years of college at Northwestern University I was used to a campus where the tip of the campus and the lowest point of the campus could be reached in 20 minutes walking. And the closest CTA station was only 4-5 minutes away (here, the… Read more »

Observing

The first few weeks of this trip have been a flurry of paperwork and a healthy dose of confusion, chock full of conversations with folks back home just to check in and convince them I’m still alive. That last part will be a learning curve, I think. I have  joined the debate club (because I know that’s… Read more »

Speak up, NUS

Samuel Garcia, NUS Exchange, Fall 2014 “Now, I’m not sure how to pronounce this mathematician’s name,” said the Professor, “I think it’s French. Does anyone know how to pronounce it?” I raise my hand to answer the question, “It’s De Moivre, Professor,” I said, with decent pronunciation despite my American accent, “I’ve studied French before.”… Read more »

BREAKDOWN: Academics

Samantha Trippy, HKUST Exchange, Fall 2014 Sometimes, I remember that I’m not just in Asia to travel and explore new cultures. When I do remember that I’m a student, this is what I find myself thinking about HKUST academics… Midterms Despite starting school about a month earlier than my friends back in Evanston, I found… Read more »