Tembusu Ambassadors are Recruiting!

November 09, 2022

Your Ticket to the World!

Can't stop talking about Tembusu and eager to share your love for our college to the world? Look no further!

As Tembusu Ambassadors, we promote and showcase our college to prospective students and their parents at various tertiary institutions and members of the public during outreach events, such as NUS Open Day. We also reach out to prospective students and parents via the creation of content and designing of posts for our official Instagram account. We aim to showcase the vibrancy of residential life, our diverse academic programmes and various opportunities that our college provides.

On special occasions, Ambassadors also suit up to host distinguished local and foreign guests when they visit Tembusu College or NUS University Town. It is a great opportunity to hone your leadership and communication skills, while creating memorable experiences as representatives of the college.


What do Tembusu Ambassadors do?

*Working groups are reviewed and formed during our annual retreat so they are subjected to changes


Who is an ideal candidate?

We are looking for responsible, personable and committed Tembusu College students (Freshmen, Seniors) who are team players and are excited to share their love for the college to prospective students and external guests!


"If I were to list out my best memories from NUS, my experience as a Tembusu College Ambassador would definitely be on the list. Presenting our college to high-profile university administrators from around the world, acquainting with diplomats and other distinguished guests, and not to mention, working with the most passionate and brightest students in the college who later became my closest friends; are only small glimpses of the many things that I got to experience as a college Ambassador. If you wish to make your university life meaningful, there is no doubt joining the ambassador family will help you realize that. Hope to see you in the future at our Ambassador family gathering!”

— John Hong Hoon Seock graduated with a B.A. in Political Science. During his time as an undergraduate, John was a member of the NUSSU EXCO and an active student leader of the Korean community in NUS. He is currently serving in the military as a First Lieutenant at the Republic of Korea Air Force Headquarters.


“Being a part of the Tembusu College Ambassadors has been an invaluable experience. As a freshman, I was interested in the way we communicated with others – students, parents or visitors to the college. Participating in outreach sessions, the Tembusu Forum and NUS Open Day were great platforms for us to bring Tembusu College to the world. However, I also learnt that the Ambassadors were more than that. Every passing year with the Ambassadors presented new challenges, mainly because the team was always reflecting on what had gone well, what could be improved, and how we could learn from mistakes. We were encouraged to grow as individuals through these questions. As much as some of my greatest personal hurdles stemmed from being a Tembusu College Ambassador, this was also the group with whom I gained the most self-awareness and growth. Through Ambassadors, I’ve met peers whom I truly look up to, and am slowly growing to be a better version of myself.”

— Cheryl Lim graduated with a M.Arch from NUS. She is currently working at the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA).


“Four years ago, due to my lack of knowledge, I did not apply to Tembusu College. When I realised that some of my friends had secured a place there, I was compelled to apply. Looking back, it was one of the best decisions of my university life. Similarly, I regretted not applying to Tembusu Colleg Ambassadors in my freshman year. I always sought for a community that aims to achieve, be it winning in sports, fighting for a cause or serving the college. After spending a year in college, I knew that Ambassadors was a place I wanted to be part of. Thankfully, I had a second chance and applied. Looking back at the events I was part of and how much I grew during my time in Ambassadors, I can safely say I have received much more than I had expected. At the same time, I had the opportunity to serve the college through various platforms and in doing so, prevented many students from making the same mistake I had made a long time ago. So, take the plunge!”

— Rajesh Mishra graduated with a B.Sc (Honours) in Physics. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


"I was attracted to the role of a Tembusu College Ambassador as I treasured the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds; whether it was the occasional foreign dignitary that came to visit or the fresh-eyed prospective student. What I most enjoyed about being an Ambassador was representing the college at various outreach events. While sharing about Tembusu College, I also had the chance to challenge these students to think more deeply about their university education and, in my own way, inspire them to see their experience as more than just their academics. I saw it as an opportunity to help them imagine how Tembusu College could be a home of possibilities for them as well, and that made the experience very meaningful for me."

— Dawn Seow graduated with a B.Soc.Sci in Psychology and Social Work. She is currently pursuing an MPA at UCL’s Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose.

“Joining the Tembusu College Ambassadors offers you a unique platform and opportunity to serve and give back to the college we all love, as custodians and curators of the Tembusu College brand externally. We bring the first impressions of our 'Home of Possibilities' into the hearts and minds of not only prominent guests at events like the Inaugural Dinner and Tembusu Forum, but also prospective students. In many ways, we set the ball rolling for future cohorts of Tembusians. A heavy responsibility, yes, but also an immensely exciting one. Along the way, you will find yourself honing your creativity, communication and teamwork, skillsets that will hold you in good stead for life’s subsequent challenges. The diversity within the team, and our own college experiences, only adds to our lustre, and perhaps you too, like me, will find yourself forming the most fulfilling and enduring friendships of your University days among your fellow Ambassadors. Go ahead, give it a shot - for those up to the task, being a Tembusu College Ambassador will only make your time at the College all the more richly memorable and rewarding :)”

— Vinod Ashvin Ravi graduated with a B.Soc.Sci (Honours) in Political Science. He is currently working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


““One thing I enjoyed about being an Ambassador was the privilege of hearing stories from people from different walks of life – invited guests about their illustrious careers, concerns from parents, or questions from prospective students who were once like us, nervous yet excited about university life. These brief yet genuine exchanges were moments I enjoyed during my time as a Tembusu College Ambassador! If you are hungry for stories, and want to share your love for Tembusu College with the world, do consider applying to become an Ambassador!”

— Chermaine Bok is currently a final year medicine student at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.

"When I was first applying to be a Tembusu College Ambassador, I wanted to grow my confidence in engaging and communicating with external stakeholders. This experience enabled me to grow in so many other aspects, more than what I imagined. Over the years, beyond giving me the opportunity to lead, being an Ambassador provided me the opportunity to plan college-wide events, think big without losing attention to details and, most importantly share what makes Tembusu College special to so many prospective students.

Whether you are interested in growing yourself personally or are keen on leading initiatives to bring Tembusu to the world, do consider applying to be an Ambassador because the experience will give you that, and so much more."

— Sai Surya graduated with a BSocSci (Honours) in Economics and BEng (Honours) in Engineering. He is the co-founder of Young Sustainable Impact SEA and Interseed, and he is currently working as an analyst at the Future of Mobility Solution Centre, Deloitte.


"Stepping into the shoes of a Tembusu College Ambassador was definitely one highlight of my journey at Tembusu College. Not only did it serve as a platform to hone my leadership and management skills, but also opened my eyes to new perspectives about the college that would otherwise not be realised. Engaging with external stakeholders and defining the brand of Tembusu College has allowed me to look outwards and beyond the four walls of the college. It made me understand that the notion of Tembusu College does not stop at our doors, but permeates even further. Through hallmark events such as the Tembusu Forum, Formal Dinner and NUS Open Day, it allowed Ambassadors to explore the different perspectives of people outside of Tembusu College and their impressions and perceptions of the college! If you want to make a difference in the college, take the leap of faith and apply as an Ambassador!"

— Edmund Loh is currently a Year 4 Business Analytics student.

How to apply:

  1. Submit the Tembusu Ambassadors Application Form (will be made available during application period). Application period: 14th November 2022, 9:30PM to 12th December 2022, 12PM.
  2. Shortlisted candidates will be informed of their interview slots by 20th December 2022.
  3. Interviews will be conducted physically between 3rd January 2023 to 5th January 2023. More details will be shared with shortlisted candidates.

Period of Appointment: Ongoing appointment for entire tenure in Tembusu College, subject to semesterly reviews

Do come for our information session on 14th November 2022, 8:00PM - 9:30PM at Common Lounge. We’d love to tell you more about our experiences and the application process! Please register here for the information session before 14th November 2022, 6:30PM.

For any inquiries, please feel free to drop an email to: tambassadors@nus.edu.sg



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