Insights From an Insider: Andrew Lee 

By the SMU Digital Marketing team  

Meet Andrew Lee, who juggles multiple roles at SMU, such as full-time Accountancy student, SMU Students’ Association Honorary Finance Secretary Deputy, SMU Economics Intelligence Club member, a teaching and research assistant at the SMU School of Accountancy, a recreational runner… the list goes on.  

How does he do it? “Balancing [these] roles has taught me to prioritise tasks and allocate my time efficiently,” muses Andrew. 

Read on to learn more about the Year 3 student’s transformative experience at SMU!  

 

Andrew (left) visiting the Isle of Skye in Scotland with his friends while on exchange at University College London (UCL)

Andrew (left) visiting the Isle of Skye in Scotland with his friends while on exchange at University College London (UCL)

 

Describe an unforgettable experience at SMU.

With SMU’s guaranteed global experience, I spent an unforgettable half a year at University College London (UCL), which helped foster my independence, and taught me the value of true inclusivity. It also allowed me to freely express myself! 

 

 

What do you like about being an SMU student?

Life here is vibrant and diverse! From sports and art clubs to academic societies, there’s something for everyone! There’s even unique interest clubs, such as the recently created Taylor Swift club. You can always get a sense of community and shared passion from joining these clubs. 

 

Andrew (front row, 2nd from right) with his SMU Students’ Association (SMUSA) teammates at its Halloween event in 2022

Andrew (front row, 2nd from right) with his SMU Students’ Association (SMUSA) teammates at its Halloween event in 2022

 

How has SMU challenged you both personally and academically?

As an introvert, SMU’s interactive pedagogy has pushed me out of my comfort zone. The seminar-style classes have also taught me to ask meaningful questions and engage in discussions on topics I’m passionate about and have boosted my confidence. 

 

Which module has left the greatest impact on you?

The Valuation module taught by Associate Professor of Accounting (Practice) Cheng Nam Sang. His engaging teaching style and great sense of humour made complex concepts both accessible and fascinating. This course enhanced my understanding of financial valuation and its real-world applications – my interest in the field has now shaped my career aspirations! 

 

Tell us more about your internships at SMU.

I’ve been able to intern as a Finance Transformation Intern at the Accountant-General’s Department, and as an Audit and Assurance Intern at Moore Singapore. SMU’s practical focus helped me excel in both roles, from assessing future finance initiatives to providing financial reporting services for fund management companies.  

Meanwhile, I’m currently interning at J.P. Morgan as a Summer Analyst.  

 

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to your freshman self?

Embrace your interests fearlessly – it’s never too late to pursue your passion.  

Also, seek out diverse perspectives, even those you don’t agree with. These interactions enrich your understanding and personal growth. 

 

 

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