Dallas - SEP Experience
Still contemplating 🤔 whether you should participate in an exchange 🏙 programme? Hear from Dallas (on the right) about his SEP experience in Canada 🇨🇦!
❓ Please give a short introduction and share a fun fact about yourself!
✏️ Hi everyone I’m Dallas from Y3 ME and I went to the University of Waterloo for my exchange during Fall 2022. Fun fact about me is that I like spoilers.
❓ Why did you choose to go on SEP?
✏️ I want to experience living abroad and what it is like to study overseas. Also, it is one of the highlights of University where you get to be fully independent. Thus when given this opportunity, I jumped at the chance to go for exchange, and I’m still super grateful for that.
❓ Share about your experiences during SEP!
✏️ I was taken aback by how inclusive and friendly everyone is. The have gender neutral toilets and the University staffs sign off their emails with their preferred pronouns. That was something I don’t experience in Singapore. People there are also very friendly and helpful. I remember watching World Cup in one of the computer rooms and celebrating with the local students when our favourite teams scored.
✏️ Some of the lectures there are conducted very differently from NUS. For instance, there is a module where we had to copy every single content by hand while the prof explained. It was difficult to catch up with what was going on and it made me appreciate NUS’s lecture style a lot more. Then there is another module where the weightage of midterm and final exams is variable - the one which you did better will have a higher weightage.
✏️ Apart from that there isn’t too much difference. Engineering is a miraculous thing where you can fail every exam and yet somehow pass the overall course. Jokes aside lol, because we just need to get a passing grade, it wasn’t very stressful.
❓ Share about an interesting event that happened during your time there!
✏️ My friend and I saw a couple of local students looking very intently at the map of a small island on google maps. It was a familiar looking diamond-shaped island, and it didn’t take long for us to figure out that they were in fact, looking at Singapore. We approached them and it turned out that they are interested in coming here for exchange. Needless to say, we began sharing more about the different Universities and the culture here. It was fascinating to see that people actually know about Singapore, and it makes me feel proud that Singapore has such a relevant presence in the global stage.
❓ Any advice or additional information you would like to add?
✏️ Start planning for exchange early - module mapping, choice of universities etc. Go with an open mind and try not to surround yourself too much with Singaporean friends. Get to know other exchange students as well so that you can have free tour guides around the world when you travel in the future.
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