Kirsten Chua

I am very pleased to have achieved success in my studies at SIM GE. This would not have been possible without hard work and the help of dedicated lecturers.
Discover SIM GE Kirsten Chua (second from right) pictured with her mother (right) and Higher Education 1 staff from SIM GE. Excelling at the International Foundation Programme (IFP) in SIM GE paved the way for Kirsten Chua to embark on her degree studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the United Kingdom. Kirsten who graduated as the top of her cohort shares her story of hard work and determination Pursuing An Overseas Education “I came to Singapore from the Philippines as I’ve always been interested in pursuing my studies overseas. I picked Singapore as my mother’s friend was based here. I also knew about SIM’s programmes and the various pathways that I could pursue after completing my studies.” “I decided to take up the IFP because I’ve always been interested in management and the programme covers a broad range of subjects. I was part of the second batch of students of the IFP and one of the most enjoyable aspects of the programme is that I got to know students from different countries which made the experience in SIM GE an enriching one. One of the subjects which I particularly enjoyed was social psychology because I got to learn more about the different cultures.” A Strong Support Network “Although it was a challenge to adapt to the pace of studies in Singapore, I was able to cope well because the lecturers were very helpful and always availed themselves whenever I needed help. They were even willing to answer questions through Whatsapp. My classmates were also just as helpful as I could always count on them whenever I needed help. I also devoted more time to keep up with my studies." Making A Difference “I’ve always had the desire to involve myself in activities outside the classroom. I joined SIM iCare, a student-based club which aspires to see social transformation through social activities. One of the memorable events that I participated in was visiting a special needs school. The experience was a refreshing one for me as I watched how the teachers worked alongside the children with care and love. It inspired me to make a difference in the lives of others. Volunteering makes you understand more about different places and people. Through these experiences, I got to understand more about how people live in Singapore.” Reaching New Heights Of Success “I am very pleased to have achieved success in my studies at SIM GE. This would not have been possible without hard work and the help of dedicated lecturers. I decided to pursue my degree in management at LSE as I felt that it would be the best place to build on the foundation that I gained here at SIM GE." “Many of the subjects such as mathematics, economics and statistics that I’m currently studying at LSE have been taught during the IFP. This serves as a good foundation for me and I’m able to cope well with my studies. I hope to join the banking industry after completing my studies.” Click here for more information on the UOL International Foundation Programme. Posted online, 24 April 2018, updated 31 May 2018