Fourth Year

A small number of students will have the chance to stay for a fourth year. Fourth year students are expected to impart the spirit of the College to younger students, challenging and empowering them to step up and try new things. There is no set programme for fourth year students. Each student will be offered one-to-one mentoring by a fellow or member of staff.

Only those who have effectively engaged in the Third Year Experience will be considered for a Fourth Year. Successful applicants will often have a background as student leaders in various domains of College life, or will otherwise have shown themselves to be a positive influence in the community.

Historically, the demand for places in the Fourth Year has been high, and the selection process is competitive. Therefore, it is advised that students applying for a Fourth Year should be prepared to apply for alternative accommodation while awaiting the results of the selection process. Students should apply in the second semester of their third year. More information on the selection process is available from the College intranet.

“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.