Mr Shaun Lee is graduating with NTU EEE’s Class of 2017, achieving a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) with first class honours. He is an award winner for the upcoming NTU Convocation for the following: JTC Gold Medal.
What is your favourite university activity?
The annual NTU EEE Family Day carnival experience is most definitely one to remember. It gives students a break from studying, to mingle with everyone and anyone. I remember ponies were brought in to commemorate the year of the horse in 2014, and other fun and interactive activities like bubble soccer were planned. For this event, there are free foods and performances which really facilitate bonding among people. It allows us to become closer with the professors, school staff and lab technicians whom we have interacted with before. On top of that, there are even attractive lucky draw prizes to be won. It is simply a thoughtful gesture by the school to organise this yearly for us.
What are some experiences you had as a NTU EEE student?
Being a member of the NTU EEE Leadership, Enrichment and Development (LEAD) programme, I was given opportunities to travel to Vietnam for community work, as well as to Japan for a cultural trip! In Vietnam, I assisted in building roads and conducting English lessons to children in a rural village. In Japan, we paid a visit to their local universities and companies to learn about their practices and methodology as well as soaking in the local culture. It was truly a rewarding experience that one was not able to attain in classrooms. It reminded us to be humble, to treasure what we have in front of us and be grateful for the chances and privileges that we have.
Not forgetting the friendships and bonds forged together with my group of friends at NTU EEE – through late nights study sessions, meals and “whining” about our Final Year Projects (FYPs), these have become some of my fondest memories and happiest takeaways during my course of study. Group studies helped me in the preparation phase of every examination. Regardless of grades, there was a support system that motivated and provided everyone with a clearer understanding.
What do you like about NTU EEE?
NTU EEE is indeed a huge community. Hence, if you make the effort to get to know more of your peers and participate in the activities, one key takeaway is the friendships and bonds. I may not have been that active in the “NTU EEE scene” but I was lucky enough to get to know a handful of friends who made life in school much easier and smoother. NTU EEE is actually a closely knitted family, if you show concern to members of the NTU EEE community, the feelings will be mutual. You will never feel left out if you are willing to express yourself to others.
The NTU EEE course was challenging but very fulfilling, and the school's nurturing environment helped us to interact and cultivate friendships with peers whom we normally would not have interacted with.
What are some of your achievements while being a NTU EEE undergraduate?
I’ve attained the Singapore Power (SP) Book Prize for the academic year 2015-16, and the SP Group Book Prize for the academic year 2016-17.
What are your plans after graduating?
I am currently working for the Public Utilities Board (PUB) as an electrical engineer. I only joined recently and am looking forward to the opportunities there. It is a whole new ball game after graduation, the hard work most definitely continues.
What do you have to say to current and future undergrads?
You work hard and you play hard. If you need more assistance, then consider praying harder for the bell curve to be in your favour. Well, that was just a joke! But joke aside, I believe resolutely in hard work. I admit that I was not an exceptionally bright student but I made up for it with the significant amount of work I put in during my study sessions. Always plan out your study sessions and follow them as closely as you can. Be focused and disciplined when studying and do not forget to take short breaks in between to alleviate the stress. When in doubt, do not be afraid to arrange for a meeting with your professors to clarify doubts. Most of them are affable and willing to lend a helping hand to a student in need.
Remember this: tough times do not last, tough men/women do. Do your best and be proud of what you can and will achieve. Having said that, university life is not all about studying, it can consist of the best times you can have in your life so do have fun too!
Published on: 28-July-2017