Mr Benedict Tay Jia Shern

Resident Assistant Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Benedict is a third year undergraduate, doing a double major in Political Science and Southeast Asia Studies. He finds joy in learning about anything even if it is outside of what he studies in school. In particular, he enjoys linking seemingly bizarre ideas together in conversations to generate new insights.

Benedict has grown to appreciate capturing moments in life through photography, in which he truly believes that the art of photography is about telling a story. A life goal of his is to be able to travel around the world and take portraits of different people. Apart from that, Benedict also finds joy in the simplest of things, such as sipping tea at a food court and wondering about the world in the afternoon. Of course, feel free to ask to join him whenever he does so!

In Tembusu, he is involved in playing sports such as Floorball and Frisbee although he is really one that seeks to explore all that Tembusu has to offer by trying out different interest groups every semester. He also regularly attends teas and forums to gain new perspectives by people from all walks of life.

Benedict laughs about almost anything so don't hesitate to tell him jokes or share with him your funny moments of the day.

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.