Semester in the Lion City

Tripoto
7th Jan 2013

View of Marina Bay Sands from 1-Altitude

Photo of Semester in the Lion City by Jennifer Wing

National University of Singapore

Photo of Semester in the Lion City by Jennifer Wing

National University of Singapore

Photo of Semester in the Lion City by Jennifer Wing

National University of Singapore

Photo of Semester in the Lion City by Jennifer Wing

Chinese Gardens

Photo of Semester in the Lion City by Jennifer Wing

Chinatown

Photo of Semester in the Lion City by Jennifer Wing

Light Show at Marina Bay

Photo of Semester in the Lion City by Jennifer Wing

Sting Ray

Photo of Semester in the Lion City by Jennifer Wing

Marina Bay Sands

Photo of Semester in the Lion City by Jennifer Wing

Gardens by the Bay

Photo of Semester in the Lion City by Jennifer Wing

Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center

Photo of Semester in the Lion City by Jennifer Wing

View from the Singapore Flyer

Photo of Semester in the Lion City by Jennifer Wing

It's hard to find a place to start when the memories and emotions come rushing back to you as nostalgia sets in once again... 

To say the least, this was a trip that began as a Student Exchange program between the University of Connecticut (my home university) and the National University of Singapore. Of course, as is most study abroad experiences should be as a college student...I intended on travelling, experiencing night-life, and meeting new people. Little did I know that this city-state/country, which -- mind you -- is smaller than all of New York City, would create such an incredible impact on my life. 

I have seen this place inside-and-out within six months and to be quite honest, there wasn't a single day that I became tired of my routine. I had a very well-rounded experience being a resident, a student, and a tourist that I now hope will help any type of traveler in the future. 

Residential Life: 

While I spent most of my stay in Singapore on the campus of NUS - UTown, I can say with confidence that like any other city...space is scarce. Most residence (~85%), unless you've got a plentiful amount of money, live in "Housing and Development Board (HDB) Flats". 

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