Class of 2020
DDP was always my top choice going into university. Law had felt like a personal calling, but I knew that in my time in college, I wanted a broad-based education with the intellectual freedom to study not only things that would be useful in the future, but also things that just interested me.
Since joining Yale-NUS, I’ve discovered a love for the Classics. The Literature & Humanities course especially opened my eyes to the foreign and wonderfully weird world of ancient Greece and Rome. In the Common Curriculum at Yale-NUS, which all DDP students take in their first year of the programme, I remember being riveted in my Literature & Humanities classes, especially when we covered texts like The Odyssey and Medea. My first elective in Yale-NUS was Roman Urban Life and Visual Culture every Wednesday and Friday afternoon, I would sit speechless in class, learning about the class divisions according to seating in the Roman Colosseum and hearing rumours that Emperor Vespasian was once so down on his luck that he had been a goat farmer.
Since then, I’ve become a Global Antiquity minor; participated in a summer programme in Rome which allowed me to dissect the layers of the city first-hand by analysing its art and architecture; studied Attic Greek and spent a semester at Yale reading courses in the Classics. This may sound trite, but without the DDP, I cannot imagine how else I might have chanced upon such a specific and niche interest while studying in Singapore.
After graduation, I’ll be entering a local firm to practise in their general litigation department. When I’m not clacking away at my keyboard working, I’m likely involved in student theatre productions at Yale-NUS, perfecting my chocolate chip cookie recipe, or poring over a book.