Why I Chose SMU: Business Undergraduate Htoo Myat Naing  

By the SMU Digital Marketing team 

With endless factors to consider when it comes to picking a university, the process can sometimes be overwhelming. However, there is no “perfect” university for everyone. For SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business (LKCSB) student Htoo Myat Naing, choosing SMU was a no-brainer. Now, three years into his undergraduate journey, let’s hear from Htoo, who is also pursuing a second degree in Information Systems, on his experiences and insights. 


What made you choose SMU when you were deciding on a university?

When I was selecting a university, SMU checked all the right boxes. The smaller class sizes meant I’d get more personalised attention and build meaningful connections with profs and classmates. Its reputation for excellence assured me that I’d be surrounded by high-achieving individuals who’d challenge and inspire me. SMU’s innovative curriculum also strikes a nice balance between rigour and flexibility, while emphasising hands-on learning and real-world thinking. Being in the heart of downtown Singapore is also perfect for internships, networking, and getting practical experience through the university’s strong industry connections. 


What’s your favourite course so far, and why?

My top pick? Definitely “Writing & Reasoning.” I loved the weekly group discussions and presentations, and it was a great platform for sharing my opinions. Beyond the lively debates, the course sharpened my critical thinking skills, and taught me to craft compelling arguments. Diving into different topics and exploring new ways of thinking and articulating my ideas each week was pure intellectual joy. 


What is one quality that you have been able to nurture at SMU that would likely have a lasting impact in your life?

At SMU, I’ve mastered the art of adaptability. The fast-paced campus life taught me to think on my feet, stay calm amid chaos, and pivot effortlessly when plans shift. From group projects to unexpected class challenges, this skill has helped me navigate all sorts of situations. And trust me, it’s one I’ll keep long after graduation. 


Tell us about your CCAs.

I’m part of SMU Aquatic Sharks as a member of the Water Polo Team. We’ve had a blast competing in various competitions like the NUS Water Polo Challenge 2022, the Aegir Invitationals 2023 and the World University Games. Playing alongside my teammates and representing SMU at these competitions has been an incredible experience. 


Htoo (back row, 3rd from left) making waves with his water polo squad

Htoo (back row, 3rd from left) making waves with his water polo squad 


I’m also the President of the SMU Quantitative Finance Society, a group dedicated to supporting students majoring in quantitative finance. We foster connections with alumni, and build a community where we learn from one another to help us prepare for successful careers. 


How has SMU prepared you for your career aspirations?

SMU has prepared me for my career by providing a solid mix of practical learning and real-world exposure. The hands-on projects and interactive classes have sharpened my problem-solving skills and boosted my confidence. The strong industry connections have opened doors to internships and networking opportunities, letting me learn directly from professionals and understand what a career in my chosen field is like. 


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