Written by Zachary Ong
Hey there, I am Zachary, a recent graduate from the Class of 2019 Bachelor of Accountancy (Full-time) programme. The past four years were filled with a bunch of memorable moments that were fun, wholesome, and sometimes downright bizarre. From having my face plastered on a two-story bus, to perfecting assignments at you-should-definitely-be-sleeping-o’clock in the morning, here are some of the more memorable experiences in my SUSS journey.
I recall a time in an accountancy module, our lecturer had an idea for a group project that pitted the whole class against one another in teams. It was just some friendly competition, what could possibly go wrong? Unsurprisingly, friends who got split into different groups quickly became corporate enemies. Debates ensued, and it was slightly hilarious to see how quickly we descended into chaos when our grades were at stake. We had a feeling our lecturer was doing this for her own entertainment, but in the end, we managed to have a rather collaborative session, learn a lot from the process about negotiation, and thankfully, remain as friends after.
Overseas Experience – Korea
For the most memorable period, it was my time spent abroad in South Korea. It was fun. Really fun. I grabbed 7 of my friends and we spent a crazy month in Seoul, at Hanyang University. Aside from studying, you learn a lot about someone when you live with them overseas. I discovered some downright disturbing traits about my friends, from one who can somehow nearly burn down the kitchen while cooking an egg, to those who gasp for air after taking 15 steps up a mountain. I gained an ‘Oppa’ figure, made loads of new friends from all over the world, and found out that that 70-year-old Ahjummas can completely decimate me in climbing up a mountain. (Don’t mess with them, they are much tougher than K-Dramas would lead you to believe!) I learnt the hard way not to try and keep pace while drinking Soju with Koreans and slept in a cramped one-bedroom apartment. Honestly, one of the best experiences of my time in university, and I would highly encourage everybody to live abroad at least once if they can. The exposure and global perspective it brings is invaluable.
Public Speaking Panic Attack
In early 2019, I was called to emcee for the launch of SUSS LifE, where I was to welcome guests such as Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State, and ensure the event ran well. Armed with a six-page script, I felt I was ready and confident for the event until Provost, Professor Tsui Kai Cheong, came to me. He looked me straight in the eyes and said “No script. You do it without the script”. If I was on a chair, I would have fallen off. One panic attack and an hour of rehearsing later, I found myself strangely calm on the stage. A reassuring look from him and the team gave me confidence, and I pulled off a decent Emcee job without my safely blanket. Theatrics aside, it was an enjoyable experience, and one I actually learnt a lot from!