By Alexandra Lin, Year 2, CNM Major, on exchange from University of Zurich, Switzerland
“You can’t chew gum there!”. “It’ll be really humid!”. “You’re going to have an amazing time!”
Yes, yes and yes. When I first got the news that I had secured a place for a semester at NUS, I was giddy with excitement. In fact, I was so enthusiastic that I signed up for five modules with CNM when most exchange students would pick only three to four modules, in order to make room for travelling in the region and managing the workload. Diving into the vast array of modules, I chose to take modules unavailable at my home university to get the most out of my exchange. These were Intercultural Communication (NM2201), Social Psychology of New Media (NM2209), Principles of Communication Management (NM2219), Introduction to Media Writing (NM2220) and Advertising Strategies (NM3215).
2201 was one of my favourite modules to attend, simply because Ms Julyn Kang can literally light up your mood and make you forget it’s a Friday afternoon sitting in her lectures. The tutorial sessions with Ms Chew where we had some interesting discussions were something I highly enjoyed as well.
Admittedly, 2209 was the module I struggled most with simply because of the amount of reading different case studies. However, the online lectures illustrated very interesting way of teaching, and I found the way Dr Lim’s lectures integrated with a “real” tutorial session very helpful.
I enjoyed my 2219 tutorials the most. In these tutorials, the theories introduced at lectures were taken to more profound levels and applied to different scenarios. It helped that Ms Lee also always found ways to elicit laughter when we were struggling with theories.
The tutorials in 2220 were where I always got to learn from Mr Siew’s insights into the journalistic world. Mr Siew would share with us interesting things from his own experiences. The assignments during the semester were also a good preparation for the finals.
3215 was the first module I absolutely knew for sure I wanted to take when I applied for my exchange. And it has been a real whirlwind. While I found it interesting that the scenes from the movie, Mad Men made their way into Mr Law’s lectures, the tutorials where we had to create a campaign in teams provided me with some of the most instructive discussions I’ve had at NUS. The module also gave me some of my best memories of NUS — the late nights spent working with my team members on the campaign report were also the times when my Singapore team mates introduced me to Taiwanese sesame chicken, Poifull Jellies and Gong Cha.
At some point, I’m pretty sure the amount of workload combined with my wanderlust to discover Southeast Asia almost sent me over the edge. In retrospect, however, I am glad I took on the additional modules. They were worth every minute of this window of being abroad and independent. I learnt a lot about myself, my capabilities and limits each time I got stressed over midterms (which I don’t have back home), regular assignments and getting the cheapest flight out of Singapore available.
After four months of what can only described as a roller coaster ride of an exchange, I have to say thank you to both University of Zurich and National University of Singapore for having given me this great opportunity. So, indeed, I did have an amazing exchange experience at NUS.
One tiny catch though: Can we turn down the aircon a bit, can? 😀
That’s a wrap for the kikki.k campaign team! I stand on the left of my NM3215 team members.