By the SMU Social Media Team
With much of the world still under travel restrictions due to the pandemic, passport applications and renewals in Singapore are on a sharp decline. But as everyone who has been grounded for the past year realised, life still has to go on, important milestones included. And for those embarking on their university education, an important journey is about to begin.
To help prospective students get their bearings for this life-changing adventure, Singapore Management University has put together a virtual journey to offer them a glimpse into the SMU Experience. Here’s what is in store at SMU Virtual Open House 2021.
Clarify your roadmap for an uncertain landscape
The world is changing rapidly and the future is full of unpredictability—the past year has certainly underlined this reality. What is certain is that information is power, and those who prepare are primed to make better decisions.
Keeping pace with the times, SMU offers established and new curriculum in the form of degrees and majors tailored to equip its students with skills that are in urgent demand. This year, these include the Bachelor of Science in Computing and Law degree (offered by the SMU School of Computing and Information Systems), a second major in Financial Forensics (SMU School of Accountancy), a major in Communication Management with a track in Data, Design and Communication as well as a second major in Digital Business (both offered by the SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business).
Get first-hand information about these offerings and many more at the SMU Virtual Open House 2021, through an extensive array of information sessions that will be conducted by SMU professors and students. There are no limits to the number of sessions you can sign up for—just remember to pre-register, and get ready to receive a wealth of information from the comfort of your own home.
If you need help narrowing down the sessions you’d like to attend, check out this nifty tool that will give you a hand in figuring out your major.
Get a handle on points of entry and exit
Before students can immerse themselves in learning at SMU, there are a number of administrative matters to take note of, such as applications and financing. If you are looking for more information about the application process, available scholarships and other financial aid schemes, check out workshops and live chats on these very topics at the virtual open house. There are also talks on internships and avenues for global exposure—all important hallmarks of an SMU education.
Get to know your travel companions
A worthwhile university education is accented by the network that you will build, and the friendships that you will forge in the next few years. At this virtual open house, you will have the opportunity to get to know SMU students and how they enliven campus life in various ways. Sign up for student-guided tours of SMU’s sprawling city campus and the university’s Prinsep Street Residences, suss out offerings from the 120-and-counting student clubs, and while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out the student-curated music playlist specially put together for this virtual event!
Upsize the fun on this experience by making a date with friends to attend virtual sessions together, so that you can make plans to visit the campus grounds together when you’re officially uni-mates!
Conduct your research for best results
It’s been a while since most of us have travelled, but we’re sure you remember that doing your homework before a trip often makes for the most fruitful experiences. So explore the information sessions on offer thoroughly, and do some research on the subjects you are interested in. This way, you will be able to have all the burning questions to your programme of interest answered, and have the chance to take part in lively discussions with SMU professors and students during the sessions.
Don’t forget to check that your equipment is in good working order. For the optimum virtual open house experience, we recommend laptops and desktops as choice devices, but smartphones and tablets will work too.
On the ground
While we are putting the open house experience online for the second year running in the name of public health and safety, we haven’t neglected our physical campus. If you happen to be in the area, there are exhibits featuring different aspects of student life on the ground-floor public spaces outside the new SMU Connexion building. Get a taste of life on campus grounds by checking those out—just remember to keep your masks on and maintain social distancing while you’re on site. Remember, that’s the fastest way we can all get back to real-life adventures, including the great big adventure that is university life.
Join us at the SMU Virtual Open House 2021!