Beyond the Second Year

Students selected to stay in the college for a third year continue to explore their potentialities — primarily through our ‘Out of Classroom Learning’ programme. In the spirit of being part of The Home of Possibilities, you’re also encouraged to make the most of your extended stay by engaging in self-directed projects on something you care deeply about — while interacting with, and being supported by, other members of the college community.

A small number of students will have the opportunity to be with the college for a fourth year. There is no set programme — you’ll have the chance to craft one for yourself based on your own targets, goals, and objectives. During this year, you can choose to be mentored by a fellow or staff member of the college, depending on your interest and needs. As a senior member of the community, you will also be responsible for imparting the values of the college to newer Tembusians, challenging and empowering them to step up and try new things.



“The mentoring has been quite "light-hearted" and enjoyable. That is because I think we know each other well, and so conversing with each other is easy. Also we are friends with many common interests, and that made most of our conversations and interactions less to do with mentoring per se, but more of "everyday topics". This is something I like because I don't think mentoring is a topic that can be isolated for discussion. Instead, mentoring is blended into the many things we do and say.

Mak Geng Yuan, Class of 2015, Faculty of Sciences, Life Sciences
Mentored by Dr. Kuan Yee Han


“Dr. Catelijne has helped me to cope in what I consider one of my most stressful semesters so far. The best thing about the coaching sessions is that they lead you to become a lot more reflexive and aware of certain things about yourself and the way you react to things. They equip you with reflexive skills that are long lasting. You do not become extremely dependent on your coach for answers but you can start to rely on yourself more. I have even found myself using some of the lessons I have learnt through the coaching sessions as advice to some juniors who have talked to me about their school stress."

Hanan Alsagoff, Class of 2015, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sociology
Mentored by Dr. Catelijne Coopmans


“Being able to sit down and have a small chat occasionally with Dr. Connor and my fellow mentee, Pearl, was most valuable to me. In these sessions, we shared our aspirations and possible roadblocks in the attainment of personal goals. As much as possible, Dr. Connor and Pearl would try to see how they could help me in moving towards these goals, be it by giving advice or making other arrangements. We would also reflect upon interesting moments in our lives; this almost always leads us to random discussions about the larger 'social life'!"

Louise Ho, Class of 2015, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sociology
Mentored by Dr. Connor Graham


“Being part of the Tembusu Ambassadors allow my mentor (Sara) to observe and assess how I have translated what we discussed in our sessions into practice. She can point out the good strides I have made in certain areas, yet at the same time, identify areas in which improvement can still be made. Being mentored has in turn, helped me become a better mentor to juniors in the College as well. One of my main motivations entering Fourth Year was to help ensure that the Juniors — especially the Freshmen — cultivated a deep sense of belonging and rootedness to the College.

Vinod Ashvin Ravi, Class of 2015, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Political Science
Mentored by Ms. Sara Kuek

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.