Vivian Gui

We got to go for field observations, do interviews and even attend musical events at the The Arts House during my studies. Some professors also invited alumni to the class for sharing sessions. These opportunities enabled me to hone my soft skills.
Discover SIM GE While surfing the web one day, Vivian Gui (pictured above) stumbled upon a pop-up advertisement of SIM GE which led her to visit the institution’s official website. There, she read stories of SIM Achievers which inspired her. The rest as they say is history. Although Vivian was uncertain about acquiring a private education degree at first, the stories assured her of the success that students from private institutions can attain. Having a keen interest in understanding behavioural problems, she decided to take a leap of faith and enrolled in the University at Buffalo BA (Psychology) programme. Vivian’s time at SIM GE enabled her to gain a host of experiences that she believes are valuable. “We got to go for field observations, do interviews and even attend musical events at the The Arts House during my studies. Some professors also invited alumni to the class for sharing sessions. These opportunities enabled me to hone my soft skills,” she says. While her journey hasn’t always been a bed of roses, Vivian learned to persevere despite encountering rocky roads. One of the challenges that she had to face was having to switch courses. “I was struggling with my studies due to the big jump from high school to university. I also found that my interests lay elsewhere. I sought help from my Academic Advisor and after sharing with her my difficulties, she advised and encouraged me to switch to something that fits my interest. I then decided to do a Sociology major and I have never regretted making that switch,” says Vivian. Vivian (right) with Professor Debi Street. Vivian adds that the lecturers that she met at SIM GE made her classroom experiences memorable. “Attending the Social Policies for Aging Society module that was taught by Professor Debi Street was one of the memories that stand out. It was definitely eye-opening to know the similar problems that Singapore and other countries are facing. Debi never fails to amaze me in all of the lessons that I attended. She was always very encouraging and provided useful tips and ideas on how we should get our research done. We also got to present our final project through a poster presentation where both her classes will come together to showcase their work in a single session. I definitely enjoyed it!” After graduating, Vivian landed a job as a Research Assistant under the Probation and Community Rehabilitation Service, Ministry of Social and Family Development. “Other than the courses I attended, the Career Fair at SIM GE provided me with many useful interview tips,” Vivian adds. Vivian (front right) and her friends were volunteers at a World Down Syndrome Day event. In her role, Vivian supports research projects and conducts evaluations. She enjoys conducting interviews with different individuals and gets to learn more about different personality types. Vivian is also currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work at Singapore University of Social Sciences. She hopes to contribute more to the social service sector in the future. For those who are considering on joining SIM GE, Vivian advises, “Why think twice when you will get to meet lots of awesome classmates in SIM GE! Fret not, the seniors will definitely tell you what you can or cannot do, and what are the highly recommended modules that you should take. Psst, you definitely won’t regret studying here because there is Starbucks……to keep you awake!” Posted online, 15 March 2018