The awesome profs of NUS Computing – A collection of short stories

I’ve always said that we have awesome profs in SoC, but I’ve never really gone into that much detail about why I (we) feel this way.  And when better to talk about it than Teachers’ Day? Haha so here it is, a collection of short stories from SoC students and recent grads about how the actions of our professors have touched / impacted our lives.

A huge thank you to all those who contributed to this article. And please don’t feel sad if I didn’t ask you for a story – go tell your prof directly how much you appreciate and love them!

This post is dedicated to all the profs of SoC. Happy Teachers’ Day! Enjoy 

Note: Stories have been edited for grammar / context.


Let me start off with my own story (so difficult to just choose one!), which was the caption to this picture I posted on Facebook 2 years ago:

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NUS Orientation, good or bad?

Update 3 (6th Aug 2:09pm): Flag raised $472,473.45 this year, around $20k more than last year! Didn’t dare to get my hopes up when I saw how many of my friends were posting on Facebook about going out of their way to donate to the flaggers  looks like adversity really does bring people closer together! I’m so, so glad I was wrong about Flag and its beneficiaries suffering from this suspension :D

Update 2 (3rd Aug 10:27am): Looks like some of the non-camp orientation activities to be held  in the month of August will likely be resuming. Thank you OSA! Student leaders, don’t waste this opportunity to build the relationship back up (:

Update 1 (31st Jul 11:15pm): I got a chance to speak to Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills), about this in person just now. Let’s see what happens next.


So recently, there was another huge hooha about how the orientation games in NUS are becoming increasingly sexualised. That article, followed by the one about the “strong disciplinary action” NUS will be taking, prompted me to post some of my thoughts on Facebook (scroll down for just the text alone):

My original post on Facebook
My original post on Facebook.

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16 things you didn’t know about NUS Computing

The NUS School of Computing (SoC) is 16 this year, and we’re commemorating it this month YAY! Haha if you’re wondering what so great about 16 years that’s worth celebrating, then you should stop thinking in decimal and start thinking in binary :P Which is also why our Gala Dinner is to be held on 24th Oct :D

In celebration of special event, I’ve decided to write a post to showcase some of the rich history of our 39 years. And so in binary numbering, here are 16 things you didn’t know about Computing. Number 5 really blew my mind!

Disclaimer: all photos in this post were either taken by me or from the school. If you see a picture of yourself here and would like it removed, just let me know.


1. Our roots can be traced back to 1975

*Warning: history crash course ahead*

A long long time ago, NUS Computing was called… the Department of Applied Computer Science. That was in 1975, when we were just formed and still a part of the Science Faculty in Nanyang University (NU). And no, NU != NTU; one has a T while the other doesn’t :P In 1978, we were renamed the Department of Computer Science (DCS), cause by then we were also teaching theory stuff like data structures and algorithms.

Our old campusI have no idea if this is in NU or BTC.

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8 reasons why you should come to Computing

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.

SoCSee how pretty our faculty looks? :D
Photo credit: NUS School of Computing’s FB page

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