Message for Philosophy Class of 2020 (updated)

Dear Philosophy Class of 2020,Congratulations for having overcome all the academic hurdles between you and your philosophy degree! Just because we aren’t able to do our usual class party this year, it doesn’t mean we have forgotten you. In fact, the actual commencement ceremony is still being planned for the coming year when things are, hopefully, better.In the meantime, the department—your profs and admin manager—have produced a message collage video for you. We can’t guarantee that it will be one of those little things that makes a big difference, but we certainly hope it will mean as much to you as it has been for us to put it together.(This is the updated version with the two typos corrected.)So, enjoy, and help pass the word around to your classmates.All the best and keep in contact!-loy#PhilosophyClassof2020

Posted by NUS Department of Philosophy on Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Looking back, most of the students graduating this year came from the batch that took GET1029 back in AY2016-2017, Semester 1–the very first time I taught the module. Before that time, my main teaching experience had been lecture-tutorial modules with 50-70 students, and seminars with no more than 30 students. It sounds a bit extravagant but teaching 400-450 students every time in GET1029 and attending to the specific challenges presented by the need to scale has changed me considerably as an instructor. And the students of GET1029–their responses, feedback, encouragement, criticisms–have been instrumental in this process. Not just in the way the module has been shaped over the years, but in my own growth as well. So thank you, GET1029 class of AY2016-2017 and graduating class of 2020!