Mr. Melvin Ong

Resident Assistant Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Melvin is a second year English Literature major student who loves coffee, sports, serving the community, food (yes, I’m a glutton), exploring the world and learning about different cultures . Upon completing his undergraduate studies in NUS, Melvin will move on to be an English Literature teacher at the secondary school level. He believes that literature is relevant to everyone and hopes to be able to teach it in a way that encourages others to appreciate its beauty and relevance in their lives.

Melvin is currently working towards volunteering with two social enterprises - Foreword Coffee and Hush Tea Bar. Through these experiences, he strives to become a more sensitive, dependable and empowered person who not only has the intention to care for others, but the skillset to do so effectively. He sincerely believes that these experiences will make him a more competent Residential Assistant and in the future, an effective educator.

Within Tembusu, he is mainly involved in Coffeehouse and Floorball. He loves making coffee for Tembusians and providing them with their daily caffeine fix. He also enjoys experimenting with new recipes and initiatives so as to cater to a wider population of students.

He may sometimes appear aloof but to be honest, he is really just awkward and takes time to open up to others. However, this awkwardness is irrelevant if you ever need help or simply a listening ear. While not the most chatty, you can count on him to be there for you if you ever need any help. He believes that listening is the key to every conversation; so while he cannot promise life-changing advices and witty conversation starters, he promises to always listen and hear you out.

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.