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This is what it feels like to be studying at one of the world’s most beautiful campuses

Five undergraduates taking NTU’s signature programmes, such as the Renaissance Engineering Programme, Medicine and CN Yang Scholars Programme, tell us what they love about their unique coursework, study experiences and the lush NTU campus they call home
by Chrystal Chan and Derek Rodriguez

Hannah Abbott

Medical student

  • Student sitting and using an iPad at an outdoor seating area at new learning hub
    PHOTO: MARK TEO
  • Student walking near the water feature in the foyer of new learning hub
    PHOTO: MARK TEO
  • External view of new learning hub at dusk
  • Night-time view of new learning hub and the curved walkway leading to it
  • External view of new learning hub at night
  • Day-time view of new learning hub and the curved walkway leading to it

I think we are really fortunate to be the only students in NTU with two stunning campuses to study at. The Novena campus with the Clinical Sciences Building is beautiful and serene, especially the medical library (below), which has a 360-degree view of Singapore. This is one of my favourite places to study and daydream in.

Students reading and interacting in the library at the Clinical Sciences Building in NTU’s Novena campus

Other than the library, I spend most of my time in either the house common room or the music studio. One cool thing about the house family system of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine is that each of the five houses, named after famous doctors such as William Osler and Alexander Fleming, is split into smaller groups and we are assigned house “parents” and “grandparents”, the year twos and threes.

All my seniors are very supportive and they even offer help before you ask for it. Some of my fondest memories with my house family include takeout dinners and birthday celebrations at Crescent and Pioneer Halls, where most of the medical students live.

When I’m not at the Novena campus, I’m usually in my hall of residence. Fortunately for me, good campus sports facilities – a big gym, the running track and the netball court – are located just next door at The Wave (below). I represent both my hall and my school in netball so I frequently go for netball training there. After training, I might go for a midnight supper or watch a movie in the TV lounge with my house family, where we enjoy dissecting plots.

Rays of sunlight bouncing off The Wave, NTU’s sports complex

I’m also in my school’s a cappella group. We call ourselves MedLee and we’ve had the opportunity to perform for various school events. It’s been a blast and I’m always looking forward to the next performance.

My time here as an NTU medical student has been fantastic so far. I remember how before we even started learning medicine proper, we had a “hospital week” in a public hospital to experience the patient’s journey – from wearing the hospital gown to eating food prepared in the kitchen, and even to feeling the stares from the public while being pushed around in a wheelchair. It opened our eyes to what patients actually go through. We could feel their discomfort, and learnt the value and importance of empathy, which good doctors must have. After that, we always remembered to put patients first in all our interactions with them.

A striking new building with a sweeping roof recently sprung up beside the Lee Wee Nam Library. It reminds me of a grand piano and looks quite futuristic. It is supposed to be the counterpart to The Hive at the South Spine. Like The Hive, it will have numerous smart classrooms for flipped classroom learning. There will be a café on the ground floor and a large lounge for students, with recreational facilities and discussion rooms. I can’t wait to visit it when it opens later this month. Going to The Arc – that’s what it’s called – is going to be another stimulating learning experience on this picturesque campus.