Sports & Wellbeing

A Change from Within

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1 April 2020

Being a freshman in university is the beginning of an exciting phase in a student’s life. It is a time of youth, courage and adventure and the world is your oyster. The countless activities and opportunities in halls, residential colleges, sports, performing arts, and interest groups will leave you spoilt for choice.

As students, you could be constantly searching for the “ideal” university life. But what exactly is it? Does it even exist? Unique as you all come, there is no one-size-fits-all formula for the “ideal” university life. Instead of trying to obtain the ideal, perhaps the secret lies in charting your own experience.

In this mini webisode of OSA Insider, we chat with Year 3 Business student Esther Tiey, from NUS iCARE. Having always followed her parents’ wishes, she was determined to “forge her own path forward”.

Her interest to help international students adjust to life in Singapore spurred her decision to join NUS iCare. Initially starting out as a volunteer, Esther’s commitment to enriching the experiences of the international students encouraged her to take on the role of Vice-President. Through this CCA, not only has she gained invaluable opportunities to plan and execute many intercultural events for the NUS community, she has forged valuable friendships through leading and working with other like-minded students.

As Esther candidly shared, “Change comes from within”. Despite many plans having been thwarted by the current COVID-19 situation, there are likely other opportunities and activities to make your university life equally fun and fulfilling.

So, seize the day and go for it! At the end of the day, we just don’t want you to miss out on real-life experiences and opportunities.


Writer: Low Jia Hui, Undergraduate, CNM
Editor: Elissa Chia