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Seah Ying Ying

Please tell us more about where you are currently working at and what you are doing.

I am currently working at Resorts World Sentosa, Casino Marketing. I am based in the Promotions and Events department – We conceptualize and execute casino-related promotions, tournaments and events. I am also part of the events team and mainly handle events outside of the casino.

What made you choose to do a degree in Social Sciences and why did you choose to do it in SMU?

History was my favourite subject in secondary school and junior college; give me a lesson on Hitler's ambition or the Burmese military government over differentiation any day. Naturally, a degree in the Arts or Social Sciences seemed the obvious choice.

How has the SOSS experience been for you, and how has it benefitted you?

SMU portrays itself as ‘A Different U’ – interactive seminars, no lectures, compulsory community work etc. It’s true – now that I’ve experienced it, I wouldn’t have wanted my university life in any other way, at any other institution. The small class sizes allow professors to be more engaging, flexible and approachable. The many projects and presentations have also molded me into someone more confident, outspoken and able to communicate better. I can’t emphasize enough how important these skills are now that I’ve stepped into the working world and seen it for myself.

Do you have any advice for your juniors that are currently in SOSS or for those who are planning to join the SOSS family?

I remember how I was like in my university years and even before that. A little whimsical, fickle-minded, not really knowing what exactly I wanted to do. I would just like to tell juniors who feel that way that it's okay; it's enough to have a rough idea of what you like and dislike, and just throw yourself out of your comfort zone to try new things. Take that internship at a start-up, go on exchange alone, join the next networking session, meet new people and really talk to them. That's how you learn. And last of all, enjoy university while it lasts – the 8.15am lessons, hell weeks, late nights in the library till you hear the "closing song" – all of it. Because when it's over, you will find yourself missing it just a little bit.

Last updated on 18 Aug 2016 .