Please tell us more about yourself.
My name is Amirah and I am a Political Science major. When I'm not busy with school, I run a party styling business called Invite Only, with my friend and fellow SMU student, Alagu. I really enjoy the work that I do for Invite Only because it gives me an avenue to be creative and to put my organizational skills to use. I like discussing issues related to governance, international relations, gender, my five cats and Taylor Swift.
What made you choose to do a degree in Social Sciences and why choose to do it in SMU?
The choice to pursue a social sciences degree for me came naturally. Throughout my years in school, I've always been more drawn towards my Arts subjects. I love learning about the human condition, questioning my assumptions about different societies and deepening my understanding of the complex world we live in. I chose SMU because I knew I wanted the seminar-style, discussion-based lessons - a refreshing change from the massive lectures of JC that I didn't really enjoy. SMU's style of teaching really facilitates my way of learning. I love being able to have meaningful discussions with my professors and classmates about the content we cover. I think another plus point for me was that SMU allows us to take up a second major in any of the other schools and I was also interested in studying business. I'm planning on taking up a second major in Strategic Management in the Lee Kong Chian School of Business.
Please tell us about your Overseas Community Service Project (OCSP) experience.
I led a Summer OCSP called Project Xing Fu V and it was by far one of my most treasured experiences. The preparation for the trip was really tedious and overwhelming; and being responsible for a whole team of people in a foreign country without being able to speak even a smattering of the language was incredibly intimidating. However, I am so happy I did it. It was amazing to experience a place I typically wouldn't have gotten to explore (our destination was a Hui Muslim village in Guizhou province, China) and meet individuals that live such different lives from my own. It really widens your perspective of the world. The OCSP opportunities available in SMU are plenty and I absolutely recommend everyone to sign up for an OCSP because it truly is a transformative experience.
What are your plans and goals for the future?
Right now, I hope to get into a good masters programme. In the future, I hope to eventually land a research position in the government or a research institute. I'm also interested in non-profit organizations - I'm currently completing a summer internship at Aidha, a women's organization that provides business training, computer literacy and other useful skills to domestic helpers, and so far, it's really been a fun and interesting experience. I'm still keeping my options open but I know that I want to join an organization with a cause I truly believe in.
Do you have any advice for prospective students who are considering SOSS, SMU?
Choose the option that you think is right for you. Take the time to really think about what you enjoy and what you want to eventually do in the future, and try not to let the opinions of others sway your decision. Trust yourself - you know what's best for you! And make sure you do your research and consider all the options that are available to you.
Last updated on 21 Jul 2016 .