You know what’s better than studying overseas? Being able to attend a prestigious university in London for close to a semester and scoring an internship stint at the U.S. Embassy – all while pursuing a top-notch international degree in Singapore. Local student, Marcella Tang, did just that.
Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics and Management at SIM-University of London (UOL), Marcella’s academic journey is anything but boring. Not one to be confined within the classrooms, she seized the opportunity to take part in a study abroad programme at the LSE Summer School in London, which prides itself on a “a globally relevant curriculum with students from all over the world”.
So she packed her bags and flew halfway across the globe to embark on her new adventure – here’s what she had to say about it.
ON SPENDING A SUMMER IN LONDON
Having to experience student life at the LSE Summer School is a whole new ballgame, but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that Marcella would probably never trade for anything else. Not only is it a great opportunity to experience a foreign education system, it also allows you to get out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself in a culture that’s different from home.
“It was a new horizon for me as I was placed in an insightful academic environment and being exposed to international perspectives that I otherwise wouldn’t get in our tiny island,” shares Marcella, “It was truly life-changing.”
ON MEETING DONALD TRUMP IRL
It’s not everyday you get to rub shoulders with the elusive Donald Trump, but Marcella was one of the few people who got to meet him during the Trump-Kim Summit.
Through SIM’s career development programme which provides students with career guidance and internship opportunities, she managed to land a coveted gig at the U.S. Embassy as an economic and political intern, where she participated in the planning of the historical event. But who would’ve imagined that her internship experience would bring her face-to-face with the POTUS himself?
“It was beyond my wildest expectations,” she exclaims.
Well, we’ll just leave this GIF here.
ON HER UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE
Apart from her overseas stint, her time in SIM is also nothing short of amazing. The best part? Upon graduation, she would soon be able to attain an internationally-awarded degree at UOL which is examined by the London School of Economics and Political Science – this means you get to secure a globally-recognised certification without having to incur the hefty costs of studying abroad. How’s that for a win-win situation?
If you’re worried about degree credibility, rest assured that academic standards are never compromised at SIM-UOL. To ensure that the same quality of education is met, these esteemed colleges develop the syllabus and are responsible for the assessment of students so your UOL qualification is just as relevant and recognised.
ON WHAT HER FUTURE HOLDS
The possibilities are endless! SIM’s well-rounded curriculum has equipped Marcella with essential skillsets that aim to enhance her employability, which will help to open doors to an exciting host of career prospects that await her upon graduation.
At SIM, Marcella is also part of SIM’s career chapter as the Vice President of Banking and Finance (BFCC), which has helped to hone her leadership abilities and develop a competitive edge over her peers – all while forming a network of professional connections that would definitely come in handy when she enters the workforce.
More impressively, this ambitious trailblazer has already landed a job offer in the banking sector before even completing her studies, which gives her a headstart in her career. In the ever-competitive job market where graduate unemployment is still high, it’s all the more important to get ahead of the game. So if you’re looking for an academic route that will set you up for career success, SIM is a good place to get started.
READY TO SEE THE WORLD?
At the end of the day, the world is your oyster and there are plenty of exciting opportunities waiting for you. If you aspire to be like Marcella and are interested in exploring your degree options at SIM-UOL, head down to the SIM-UOL Education Fair on 6 April 2019, 10am at SIM HQ to find out more about the study opportunities available. Got a question? There will also be SIM staff and representatives from London (LSE and Goldsmiths) onsite to answer any queries you may have, whether it’s about scholarships, overseas exchange or even the campus culture – they will be more than happy to help. Register here!
Can’t make it for the SIM-UOL Edu Fair? You may want to consider going for the SIM Education Fair on 13 April 2019 instead. This one-day event will be held at Suntec City Convention Centre from 10am all the way to 8pm, so there’s more than enough time for you to check out all the programme offerings at SIM.
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