Singapore Diaries - Part Two
Day #4 & 5: Play Hard but Work Harder
The title of this post is inspired by advice from our Business & Entrepreneurship, who has this week helped students to realise the importance of balance in their future study and academic careers. The last few days we demonstrated this perfectly with workshops, taught sessions and an academic excursion to Art/Science and then a chance to take in the incredible sights and sounds of Singapore with a birds-eye viewpoint from the top of Marina Bay Sands.
Students loved 'ArtScience' - an incredible museum contained in a lotus flower shaped building on the Marina Bay. We visited two exhibitions, 'Future World', which explores the intersection between art and science with interactive, cutting-edge digital installations. Students drew pictures which were then embedded into a 4D living wall in ‘Town’, walked through stars in space in ‘Crystal Universe’ and explore the essence of interaction art in ‘Play’. The second exhibition, ‘ Wonderland’, is a maze of discovery detailing the incredible history of Alice and Wonderland (we were given mysterious maps on entry, every person’s different) that will lead you on a different trail down the rabbit hole.
After the museum and some delicious dinner at The Shoppes in the Marina Bay mall, we headed up to the 59th floor to the Skypark Observation Tower. From the top, you can see out across the bay for miles, and right down over the Botanic Gardens and Cloud Forest in Gardens by the Bay. We stayed for sunset, and even got to catch a little of Spectra, an incredible light show over Marina Bay centred around the Merlion.
On our final full day on campus, students had 30 minute tutorials 1:1 with their tutor to discuss their progress on the course, we also had practise university interviewers, which were a brilliant way to see how much everyone has progressed this week, with everyone really demonstrating their confidence and academic talent - we’ve been very lucky to have such a driven, ambitious, intelligent and creative group of students for the first ever course at NUS.
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In part two of the Singapore Diaries, our on-course team member, Charlotte, reflects on the last few days with our first cohort of students.