Why SMU: Rachel’s Freshman Experience as a Business Student

Q1. Share with us a little more on how you made SMU your choice university. I ultimately chose SMU because of its unique interactive learning pedagogy, location, and opportunities. I was exposed to both the lecture and seminar based learning back in JC, and I prefer the latter as there was more interaction and engagement with my teachers. In addition, studying in the CBD area coupled with SMU’s extensive network of alumni has opened up many opportunities for me.

Q2. What has been your greatest takeaway in the first semester as a freshman? Before I entered SMU, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my future or how I would get there. I was very fortunate to have met so many seniors, mentors and alumni who were willing to take the time out of their own busy schedules to give me advice, practise my interview skills and recommend me opportunities. Beyond the kindness of these individuals, I believe that SMU’s fostered culture of giving back enabled my peers and I to receive such invaluable support.

Q3. What are some of the activities you participated/involved yourself in out of the curriculum that made your student life a little more vibrant? Although I occasionally claim to be an introvert, I actually joined 8 freshmen camps. It was a tiring but enjoyable experience. Most of my current university friends are those I met at these camps. I always look forward to the hotpots, suppers and board game nights with them. In addition, the large variety of CCAs that SMU offers has allowed me to meet many like-minded people in the CCAs that I joined – Conjunct Consulting and Table Tennis. Although the age gap in my Conjunct team is huge (10 years apart), I’ve never met a group that I could click with so well!! Despite the fact that SMU does not have a hall, I realised that the opportunities available here still allows me to maintain a vibrant social life and I’m delighted with the friends I’ve made!

Q4. What is one piece of advice you would give to incoming freshmen? If you ever considered trying something different, just do it (as long as it’s legal)! I think university is one of the last few places where you will have the luxury of time, opportunities and perhaps even resources to explore. Who knows, you may even discover something new about yourself!