Ms. Debbie Tan Siew Yin

Resident Assistant Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Debbie is a fourth year Political Science Undergraduate, specializing in the sub-fields of Public Policy and International Relations. Her interest in global affairs has developed her enthusiasm for travelling (insofar as her bank account permits). She is passionate about humanitarian causes and aspires to participate in an international organization one day.

Debbie appreciates diversity and had the privilege of engaging in various College activities. Beyond serving on the House Committee, Debbie was also part of tKampung’15 and the ICG Road Relay team. She is particularly interested in water sports and enjoys early morning paddles at Macritchie Reservoir, on her personal kayak. In her spare time, Debbie likes being in the company of her family and friends. She has a great zest for life and is always on the lookout for her next adventure.

Over the years, Tembusu has constantly been a reliable pillar of support for Debbie. In her fourth year, Debbie would like to continue promoting the strong spirit of peer support within the College. In turn, she hopes to create a more meaningful journey for others in the College community.

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.