Note: This list represents what my friends and I think of Computing. If you vehemently disagree, do share your reasons with me! (:
It’s been over a week since the release of the A level results, so first off, congrats on surviving your A’s! Many of you young people are now probably wondering which university/faculty/major you should apply for. 4 words for you: NUS School of Computing! Before you say me bias and close this window, let me tell you why.
See how pretty our faculty looks? :D
Photo credit: NUS School of Computing’s FB page
In no particular order, my narrowed down list:
1. We have AWESOME profs and staff
I’ve taken modules from other faculties, and I dare say Computing has the nicest profs and staff in the whole of NUS. They – most of them – really care for you and will often go out of their way to help you. Our career advisor Desmond is a great example (the poor guy is overworking himself for the sake of us students ><), and we’ve quite a few profs on the NUS Teaching Honour Roll. All you need to do is make that little bit of extra effort to chat with them, and you'll be friends in no time. It’s especially useful if you need your profs to write a recommendation for you haha. Oh, and did I mention that in Computing, it's normal to add your profs on Facebook? Reading their posts/comments never fails to make me smile haha and yes, they complain/share retarded stuff just as much as us students! Totally love them :D
My profs post stuff like this EVERYDAY. Names blanked out for privacy.
Photo credits: Screenshot from FB
2. We’re 1st in asia and 9th in the world
A friend of mine, who was an exchange student, once told me, “Only the best students in America get to come to Computing for their student exchange.” I was just as surprised as you probably are now, but it goes to show how internationally recognised we are. You’ll definitely be able to leverage on the school’s reputation and network, gaining access to top tier universities (180 partners in 27 countries!) via programmes like our Student Exchange Programme. What’s more, just take a look at our own career fair (the NUS one is pretty useless for us) and you’ll see lots of big names like Facebook and Google who are eager to hire Computing students/grads!
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014 – Computer Science & Information Systems.
Photo credits: Screenshot from the Top Universities website.
3. We’re a small faculty with a big culture
Computing is small enough to feel almost family-ish, and honestly, I feel even more at home there than I do in Eusoff Hall (and I do like Eusoff, or I wouldn’t have stayed for 3 years). You’ll make friends who’ll stick with you through thick and thin, and who knows, maybe you’ll meet your soul mate here too ;) Instead of a student council, we have a Management Committee which organises stuff ranging from the more academic mock exams to the welfare driven exam refreshments corner to the crazy fun R&R Night where you get to play stuff like Kinect, sing K, LAN games (lanning in the labs on big screen coms over super fast internet is AWESOME), etc. We also have a hacker culture of sorts, led by our very own student group NUS Hackers. Look forward to events like Friday Hacks (FREE PIZZA YAY!), workshops (open to public; you’ll be surprised at the number of
old people non NUS adults who attend), and Hackathons (the 2013 grand prize was a weeklong all expenses paid trip to Silicon Valley!!).
SoC @ The Rink. Mass FREE ice skating outing for the incoming freshies :D
Photo credits: School of Computing Freshmen Social Camp 2013
4. There’s a HUGE demand for IT professionals
I once had the honour of being invited to the SCS Planning Advance, and I still remember one of their ExCo members mentioning how the polys in Singapore were asked to lower the cut off points for their IT related diplomas. He, a distinguished figure in the Singapore IT industry, said it was because we have nowhere near enough IT professionals to keep up with the demand. While I don’t agree with this, by the laws of demand and supply, this means we get relatively higher salaries as compared to our friends from other faculties. This is especially so if you’re a computer science major doing something like software engineering (which happens to be the no. 1 job in the US, where the demand is even crazier). In fact, our CS grads’ pays are only behind the doctors, lawyers and dentists. And that’s why we’re in the same hall as them for the 2014 NUS Open Day (more details at the end of this post!) ;)
GES 2013 results on salaries of NUS grads by degree.
Photo credits: Channel News Asia’s Facebook page
5. You won’t get judged if you don’t dress up for class
The feeling of being judged or getting incredulous looks based on what you wear sucks. So all you lazy people out there, this is for you. Ever felt like throwing on whatever and coming to school? Or maybe you just don’t see the point of dressing up/putting on makeup everyday when you’re in school to study, not attract guys/girls. Good news! Unlike some other faculties which I shall not name, you’ll feel right at home in shorts, *free school* T-shirts and slippers here in Computing. In fact, you may even see your profs dressed down when they’re (hiding in their offices and) not teaching. Why? Because, as a good friend of mine put it, dressing up tends to decrease our productivity. Haha on the other hand, if you feel like dressing up, nobody’s stopping you! Just know that you won’t get judged on your lazy days (:
Spot the number of free/school T-shirts. This was a Saturday workshop so we were even more dressed down than usual.
Photo credits: Benjamin from Speaker’s Flare
6. We have lots of fun modules
I really enjoy what I’m learning in Computing even though it’s not always easy. No, it’s NOT all about programming (but of course, you’ll need to know the basics). Don’t enjoy programming or you just suck at it? Then take modules which don’t require/are are light on programming. Ditto for whatever other topics you can think of. We have over 130 undergrad mods to choose from – yes, I went to count them, so say thank you – including Interaction Design, Computer Graphics, Game Development, Digital Special Effects, E-business Essentials, Digital and New Media Marketing, Social Media Network Analysis. You can even take postgrad mods if you want and have them count towards your requirements. As an added bonus, many of our modules aren’t under the dreaded bell curve system :D
Our CS3343: Oscar award winning video from my all time favourite mod Digital Media Production :D
7. We have so many opportunities at our fingertips
Did you know that a computing degree is considered an “All Access” pass to all industries? Think about it for a moment and you’ll realise that there isn’t a single industry which can survive without IT in this Age of Computing. The school recognises this and organises a myriad of talks, seminars and workshops by industry players to give us the exposure we need. There are exclusive all women events for all you girls who join too, like our own Women’s Networking Session, as well as invitations to industry events like the Women Techmakers: Google Singapore event last night (I was totally starstruck by the big names there!). We have many internship opportunities as well, including international ones at companies like Palantir who are willing to fly you over just for interviews, and of course, pay really really well!
Glassdoor’s list of highest paying US companies for interns. Notice how almost all of them are tech companies.
Photo credits: Mashable
8. Our entire faculty is air conditioned
(Except for the first floor of COM2, but hey, that place is overrun by Biz students since their LT16 and LT17 are there, so we rarely hang out there anyway)
Arguably one of the most important reasons given Singapore’s eternal summer (and the current haze!). Students from other faculties (especially our neighbours) coming over to mug in the cool environment (no pun intended haha) is a common sight. Won’t they take up our studying space then? No worries, there are many rooms in Computing which are activated by your matric card — so only we have access to them :D Good if you feel like camping overnight in school too (trust me, it’s more fun than it sounds!). Also, according to Eugene, aircon = more events held here = FREE FOOD (it’s true)! Hahaha just remember to bring along a jacket in case you’re not used to the cold. Or buy the SoC jacket if the Management Comm sells it again next year :D
Last last year’s SoC jacket which I
stole borrowed from Eugene to take a picture of.
Photo has been Auto Awesomed on G+.
Still need more convincing? Then head down to the Computing booth at the NUS Open Day 2014 this Saturday and I’ll convince you in person ;) No bigger than life poster of me this year, cause we think my friend Jacky (Mr NUS 2011) will do a better job at attracting girls to our booth HAHA (sorry Jacky :P). We both appear many times in the brochure though, so remember to grab that ;)
NUS Open Day 2014
Computing booth, Hall 3
Stephen Riady Centre, Level 1
15 March, Saturday, 9am-6pm
NUS Open Day map. The top 4 faculties in NUS are all together for once! :D
Photo credits: original image from NUS Open Day website, edits by me.
There’ll also be faculty talks by a couple of our profs and students. Unfortunately, I won’t be speaking this year ): But go for them anyway haha.
Speak the Language
Dance Atelier 2
Stephen Riady Centre, Level 3
9am, 11am, 3pm, 5pm
We have an LG G Flex phone to give away too!
We’ll also be giving away a brand new LG G Flex D958 phone to one lucky person who visits us on Open Day! Check out the details below:
LG G Flex giveaway! More details on our Facebook page.
Know anybody who hasn’t decided where to apply to yet? Haha drag them along because the more the merrier! I’ll see you guys on Saturday! :D