Please tell us more about yourself.
Hello, I'm Jessica and I am a Year 2 undergraduate pursuing a double degree in BSocSc(PLE) and BBM. I graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) in 2016 with a Diploma in International Business. Upon completion of my Freshmen Year, I have been on two OCSPs, completed one local CSP, and I am currently the Marketing Director in the SMU Caretalyst 9th Executive Committee. I love singing and dancing, and occasionally perform at assembly shows (with Glee Studios Singapore) to increase awareness for show choirs.
What made you choose to do a degree in Social Sciences and why choose to do it in SMU?
Coming from a business background, I was seeking for a degree that will broaden my knowledge and analytical skills. I wanted something that will value-add to my overall education, something to help me understand the world and think outside the box. My interest for social sciences sparked on my trip to Denmark under NP's Overseas Merit Fellowship Programme where we explored how history and culture affected business environments. While I was gathering my options, PLE was launched and I decided to give it a shot as I perceived it to develop my perspectives across various disciplines. I knew a steep learning curve was coming my way but here I am, stepping up to the challenge.
Tell us about your internship / exchange / OCSP experience.
I am honoured to have been part of two OCSPs, one to India and one to Myanmar. Both experiences were unique in their own ways and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment while I was there. The preparation periods were tough going at times as I was struggling with the academic rigor along with CCA involvements and other external commitments. However, when I was there at the very place executing what was planned over a semester, it was all worth it. Every interaction with the villagers and children was so meaningful because they were all filled with so much warmth. As much as I was there to give what I have, the villagers and children were as hospitable as they could be – that in itself meant much to me as they went out of their way to make us feel at home.
My biggest takeaway was to always work with them from their point of view, and not impose my ideals on them. Growing up in an entirely different environment, I learnt it was important to first understand them before being able to help them live better lives. People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.
Please tell us more about your SOSS family.
SOSS is an interesting place to be in. My peers often have interesting viewpoints and opinions. It is always a mind-boggling experience talking about what we think, especially during group projects. Also, I think SOSS professors are the most entertaining lot as they often give their perspectives on what they are teaching. What I like best is that all of us (yes, even the profs!) are so open to talk about each other’s perspectives and it makes learning a whole lot more fun.
Do you have any advice for prospective students who are considering SOSS, SMU?
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are endless opportunities for you in school. Gather your options, weigh your pros and cons, and decide from your heart. This life is yours to live, so live it with passion and confidence. Most importantly, always be real to yourself.
Last updated on 28 Jun 2018 .