So what now?

The past week has been quite exhausting and overwhelming. (Note to self: As tempting as it may be, do not write a blog post when you actually have a midterm test the following week).

I am honestly taken aback by the kindness of strangers and friends. I greatly appreciate all the encouraging words that y’all have taken your time to post as comments and send as private messages on Facebook. I did not reply to all the comments but I promise you that I have read every one of them. They have definitely helped lift my spirits. A big thank you for that! While my post was just a rant, I believe that it has helped to create awareness of the kind of experiences faced by someone from a minority race. Maybe it has even given you the courage to speak up on your own experiences. We need to be talking more about this issue because this isn’t just a minorities’ problem; this is everyone’s problem. I just sounded so cliched. I feel that the media too, needs to do more to get people talking about these issues, especially in a constructive way. At this point, I should also say that I find it upsetting that some websites(online media and forum pages) have actually misrepresented me and written an article that distorts some of the information in my post such that the essence of my post is lost. While it may seem like this pages have created awareness, such misconstrued information does not help in improving the situation. Sigh.

Nevertheless, one good thing that came out of this post was that I met the Assistant Deans of NUS Business School and my concerns were addressed. “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Great words of Neil Armstrong. I am exaggerating here but I would be lying if I say that I did not feel like I did something meaningful, important and even historical.

That being said, if you had read my other posts, you would have realised that this blog is actually not strong on activism or creating awareness. With the exception of my last post, the other two posts were rather carefree and personal and that’s how I want my blog to be as well. Hence, I am not going to write intense stuff for a while. Tone it down a bit just to give my mum her peace of mind. Haha! I am putting this out here so that you don’t start having expectations for this blog which I am definitely not going to fulfil.

During this uncomfortable time, one thing that kept me strong(apart from all you kind souls) was music. On a sidenote, Youtube Mix is great. I just had to play one of my favourites and then it just automatically plays all of my other favourites one after another and I just got so nostalgic. That’s when I heard this song. It was my favourite back when I was in sec 1. It always made me happy instantly. The lyrics penned by the late Na. Muthukumar are so beautiful and uplifting. And why doesn’t Yuvan Shankar Raja make the kind of music that he used to? I remember how when I was in secondary school, his songs were pretty much all that I listened to. For my non-Tamil readers, this song(Pesugiren Pesugiren from the movie Satham Podathe) has the girl’s heart telling her to stay strong and that everything is going to be okay. To summarise the scenes in the video, it’s actually about the girl moving on in life(after a traumatic marriage), and overcoming her insecurities and obstacles(she seems to have anxiety related tremors). Everyone is fighting their own battles and I hope that this song gives you the strength to face your problems and come out stronger. 🙂

Have a good day! 🙂

 

 

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9 thoughts on “So what now?”

  1. Hello! May I know how is NUS Accountancy, like the culture! coz I am an Indian also and I am afraid that I may not fit well with the school. Thank you!!

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    1. NUS Business School has a very competitive culture and it is possible that you would meet ignorant people. However, like what many other people have commented, I think this is the case anywhere in the world. No one can guarantee that you wouldn’t have to deal with such people. If the odds are on your side, you would make a few good friends who would help you pull through the four years. You would have to work on a lot of projects throughout your course of study in Business School and this further heightens the importance of having a group of peers whom you can work well with. However, even if you don’t have friends within your course, having friends outside of the course would help. That’s why, my advice to you would be to join some clubs/societies that interest you. Given the same interest, you would be able to fit in well there. That way, you would have friends in NUS, but just not in your course. I hope this helps. 🙂

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  2. Hi, Sorry to disturb you again! Is the Accountancy Course Specific? because alot of people say since its BBA (Accountancy) it is not that specified? And do you get opportunities to go overseas? Sorry to ask you again its just that i do not know anyone in NUS ACC. Thank you so much for your help!!

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    1. Hey Leena! No worries! Before I go on to answer the question, note that the curriculum has changed from my batch to the incoming batch. Hence, my answer is based on my understanding of the new developments in the curriculum. The NUS BAC course(that’s the recognised short form btw) is not a “general degree” in my opinion and anyone who feels that it’s not specific does not have a good understanding of the course’s curriculum. Hence, to answer your first question on whether the course is specific, you need to understand the course curriculum first.

      The curriculum is as follows:
      A. 5 General Education Modules: 20 MC
      (As the name suggests, this is neither specific nor related to Accountancy. All NUS undergraduates are subject to this requirement.)
      B. 11 Business Core Modules: 40 MC
      (These are modules that both BBA and BAC students take. This includes one Accounting module. If any of the modules interest you, you can use your unrestricted elective modules to pursue related specialisations in them. You can pursue one of the seven specialisations (1) Finance, (2) Marketing, (3) Leadership and Human Capital Management, (4) Operations and Supply Chain Management, (5) Business Analytics, (6) Business Economics, (7) Innovation and Entrepreneurship on top of the accountancy specialisation.)
      C. 11 Accounting Modules: 44 MC
      (These modules are obviously very specific.)
      D. Internship: 4MC
      E. 8 Unrestricted Elective Modules: 32 MC
      (You can use these modules to complete a specialisation as mentioned above. Alternatively, you could also do a minor or a major from another faculty like Faculty of Science, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Faculty of Computing.)
      F. Honours Requirement: Field Service Project: 8 MC
      G. Honours Requirement: 3 Level 4000 Business Modules
      (These 3 modules can all be Accountancy modules or it can be your specialisation related modules.)

      The curriculum is quite flexible. I did a specialisation in Management on top of my Accountancy major. I see the BAC degree as both a business degree and an Accountancy degree. That’s why it’s a four-year programme. This degree has the same recognition that the equivalent degrees from other local universities have. Similarly, NUS BAC graduates do not have any problem getting into Big 4 Accounting firms. If you intend to pursue teaching Principles of Accounts in secondary school, this degree is also recognised by MOE. This serves as a testament to the course’s “specificity” and its accounting rigour. I believe that on top of being an accounting degree, it allows you to explore your other interests and have a more holistic education. You have more options.

      As a BAC student, you can go on an overseas exchange in year 2. You can also go to summer schools during your summer breaks. In addition, you can go on overseas CIP projects. A lot of my friends did go overseas for these. Hence, I can say that opportunities to go overseas are definitely there.

      I hope this helps.

      Useful links:
      http://www.nus.edu.sg/nusbulletin/school-of-business/undergraduate-education/degree-requirements/curriculum-structure-and-requirements/bachelor-of-business-administration-accountancy-bachelor-of-business-administration-accountancy-with-honours/

      http://www.nus.edu.sg/nusbulletin/school-of-business/undergraduate-education/degree-requirements/curriculum-structure-and-requirements/bachelor-of-business-administration-b-b-a-bachelor-of-business-administration-with-honours-b-b-a-hons/

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