'SUSS inspired me to teach'
I first joined SUSS after having been a stay-at-home mum for ten years. Feeling out of touch with the working world, I was in search of ways to enrich my life, expand my social circle and equip myself with skills necessary for a return to the workforce. Yet, this pursuit could not be at the expense of time with my children. SUSS's English and Literature programme (BAEL) was a perfect fit. Its courses appealed to the aspiring writer in me and the part-time programme allowed for flexibility in my academic progression.
As I progressed through my course, what impressed me most was the dedication of the faculty. Attuned to the learning needs of part-time adult learners, seminars were designed to be engaging, relevant and non-intimidating. Inspired by my instructors, who were passionate about the topics they taught and who put their students at the heart of what they do, I yearned to join their ranks. Immediately after graduation, I joined SUSS's Master's Programme in Applied Linguistics (TESOL). Its emphasis on developing both theoretical knowledge and practical skills prepared me well for a career in teaching. My time as a student ended on a high note when I received the 'Lee Foundation Bronze Award for Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) Programme'.
More significantly, I started working as a Writing Coach upon graduation and joined SHBS as an Associate Faculty soon after. My dream had become a reality.
I am immensely grateful to SUSS for believing in me and providing me with many opportunities over the years. Having been actively involved in Orientation and Open House events, I relish this opportunity to continue serving the SUSS community as a member of the AAAC. 'We should acknowledge the relative privilege we enjoy and do our part in empowering and uplifting those who do not have access to the same opportunities or resources.'
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