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Sharing wisdom and advice at SIM Open House

Current BSc International Relations student Kenddrick Chan reflects on the rewarding experience of sharing his study journey

Written by By Peter Quinn |

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"I was glad to pass on my enthusiasm for learning": Kenddrick Chan

I was glad when the opportunity arose for me to contribute and pass on my enthusiasm for learning to prospective students

As a student studying at the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) for a University of London degree in International Relations, I was awarded a scholarship to attend the LSE Summer School in 2017. Having already benefitted from the local lecturers at SIM, I was extremely grateful to study at the LSE's summer programme. Hence, I was glad when the opportunity arose for me to contribute and pass on my enthusiasm for learning to prospective students. I was proud to represent the BSc International Relations programme at the SIMGE Open House event!

Being one of two SIMGE Open Houses held at SIM annually, the event promised crowds of prospective students and it certainly did not disappoint. Eagle-eyed students and parents flocked to the University of London booth looking for the degree option that suited them best. As the degree programmes offered by the University of London were internationally recognized and taught on-campus by lecturers from SIM, the booth easily attracted a large number of students. (Pictured below left: Mrs Ho Soon Eng, Director for Higher Education at SIMGE; Ms Sylvia Yeo, Assistant Director for Higher Education at SIMGE; Lucas Lam, Regional Manager for Education with CPA Australia; Ms Hayley Anne Hawkes, Institutions Support and Development Manager, University of London; plus staff from the SIM – University of London team.)

I'm proud to have been able to aid students in making more informed choices regarding their study.

While assisting prospective students to better understand which degree option might best suit their interests, I took the opportunity to suggest potential options which they might have otherwise overlooked. For example, I made it a point to mention to prospective students that a global outlook might be a key advantage in succeeding in today's globalized world. Hence taking up a degree in International Relations (or even one or two IR modules) might empower students to properly understand and make sense of the transformation that the world is currently undergoing. Being met with various nods of agreement, I'm proud to have been able to aid students in making more informed choices regarding their study.

In addition, as more degree programmes are progressively introduced over the years by the University, the array of module choices can sometimes appear daunting. This is likely the case for majors such as the BSc International Relations, or BSc Economics and Politics programmes.

While explaining the module selection process to prospective students, I was glad to be able to tell them that – due to the breadth of modules offered – students were able to select modules that were not directly related to their degrees which they were still interested in. Witnessing a prospective student grin in excitement when they realized they could be doing a business degree yet take an elective political science module was rewarding in itself.

In addition to advising prospective students on their degree programmes, I also shared my study journey with them. Having struggled academically prior to enrolment, I managed to secure a 2:1 degree classification and will be pushing for a 1:1 in my final year. I thought it was important that prospective students be motivated to give their full commitment to their studies. I could definitely see that they were surprised at my story – let's hope it will motivate them to strive for success.

As the hours flew by and the event drew to a close, I found myself more energetic than I expected. I was very grateful to have been able to help prospective students discover their interest in the plethora of degree programmes offered by the University of London and better understand the details. It was definitely a very rewarding experience and I certainly look forward to more!

  • SIM GE is an Affiliate Centre for the University of London International Programmes.
  • Find out more about studying for a University of London degree in Singapore.