Singapore Pre-Departure

  • What are your top three goals for your semester abroad?
  • Find out more about myself. Sometimes the best way to learn is by pushing one’s limit and finding out what happens there. Singapore is a really long way from home, and can push me to grow exponentially. Conflict gives rise to growth, and I will not want to back down from this opportunity.
  • Learn about the new culture. Being on the other side of the world, I can scarcely imagine what the new culture will be about. That being said, I hope to embrace the culture as much as possible. I only have a few months in this place- may as well have memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Have a new outlook. When someone learns something new, their mind changes in ways that can never return to its original. After this study abroad opportunity, I wish to not be the same person returning to the states. Combining my lessons, ideals, and newfound interests, I take that outlook into UVa on my return.
  • What do you hope to learn about global business during your semester in another country?
  • Within my lifetime, I have always heard of the word A word is always easier to define, but harder to observe. My hope with the next semester is to see globalization in action. Since there is a heavy trade port in Singapore, I wish to see from which corners business comes and goes.
  • If a language other than English is spoken there, how fluent are you in the local language and how do you expect this will change four months from now?
  • Technically, the spoken language is English, but after a quick study, the truly official language is something called Singlish. Mixing the heavy interaction of several cultures in Singapore, they have their own version of English that takes elements from various other regions of the world. Due to this comingling, I am interested to see which mannerisms I will adopt. Furthermore, I am also interested to see if I come back with an accent!
  • What do you know about the culture of the country where you will be studying?
  • Surely not enough. I do recognize that there are four main cultures that have come together to create the distinct Singaporean culture. Elements from China, Malaysia, India, and Indonesia are the main proponents of this cultural infusion. Learning the intricacies and finding out which elements were taken from each culture will take the course of the semester.
  • Do you have any stereotypes or preconceived notions about the country?
  • Singapore is very clean and very organized. It seems as if the Honor Code at UVa was hyperbolized to a whole country. Many people praise the immense level of safety, but this may result in me turning a blind eye to the realities of living there. Much like at UVa, even though there is not much crime, does not mean that crime is absent.
  • how might you be different after this semester?
  • Every decision I make will make me a different person. I hope that by the end of this semester, I do not forget the lessons that I have learned and the memories I have made. This upcoming semester will take a lot of trial and error, but will be a semester worth remembering.

 

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