Still contemplating 🤔 whether you should participate in an exchange 🏙 programme? Hear from Jia Cheng about his SEP experience!
❓ Please give a short introduction and share a fun fact about yourself!
✏️ Hi I am Lee Jia Cheng, currently in Y3S2 mechanical engineering! I did my SEP in University of Waterloo (UW), Canada. I love strategy games like chess, bridge and mahjong!!
❓ Why did you choose to go on SEP?
✏️ I feel that SEP is a great opportunity to be able to meet and connect with others from different background and cultures. Doing an engineering exchange in an overseas university also exposes me to the different learning and assessment styles used by the partner university.
✏️ It is also a great time to practise and enhance certain aspects of independent living such as cooking, doing the laundry etc. And not to forget, escape from the heat and travel to see many other beautiful sights and places!
❓ Share about your experiences during SEP!
✏️ One thing that I noticed quickly was the difference in teaching and assessment styles in UW vs NUS. At least for the engineering modules, UW placed higher focus on projects and collaborative lab reports. Ironically, it also happened to be my first in-person semester since starting university and I managed to make friends with a few locals and other exchange students! Overall it was an interesting and enriching experience at UW!
✏️ I did make a few trips whenever I could such as to Montreal, Scarborough and downtown Toronto. Unfortunately, the workload throughout the semester increased and I no longer had the time to travel.
❓ Share about an interesting event that happened during your time there!
✏️ Not an event that happened in school but I did go for Halloween Horror Nights as well as attempted some of the tallest rollercoasters in the world at Canada’s Wonderland!
❓ Any advice or additional information you would like to add?
✏️ Start your research early! SEP planning begins as early as year 2! Do try as much as possible to go out of your comfort zones, make new friends and connections and do the things that you always wanted to do or things that aren’t available in Singapore! And lastly have fun!