Joel Tan Wei En
Class of 2021
I chose to study the DDP because studying law in NUS Law seemed like a practical and sensible thing to do, but deep-down I was more interested in pursuing my interests in the fine arts and history through the liberal arts programme in Yale-NUS College. Having done the International Baccalaureate previously, I was interested in obtaining a broad-based and holistic education, and I thought that the DDP offered just what I was looking for.
Having experienced the DDP for a few years now, I genuinely believe this is a fantastic programme. At Yale-NUS, contrary to my expectations, I pursued neither art nor history, but instead fell in love with studying the Chinese language, history and culture. Yale-NUS has blessed me with opportunities to spend two different summers in Taipei and Beijing to immerse myself in all-things-Chinese, which I never expected to take an interest in prior to university.
Separately, I ended up really enjoying studying law! It is fascinating to study how the courts have developed legal principles to address so many complex areas of society, working towards building a coherent body of law that can be applied universally across all kinds of situations, and to also keep the law relevant for society’s evolving needs. Coupled with the interdisciplinary education Yale-NUS offers, my appreciation of the law has truly been enriched. I aspire to become an academic in the future because I find researching, writing and sharing with others about the theoretical elegance of the law quite exciting.
In my free time, I go for weekly Pilates classes to counter the effects of ageing on my joints. I also indulge in Korean dramas and variety shows in a non-obsessive, composed and healthy manner.