Mr Willis Lau Weisong

Resident Assistant Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Willis is a final-year undergraduate from the Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) programme in the College of Humanities and Sciences. Specialising in environmental geography, he is interested in studying human-nature interactions and finding ways for society to become more sustainable in the future. As with any other BES student, Willis spends a sizeable portion of his free time in nature, be it guiding nature trails at Pasir Ris Park or MacRitchie Reservoir or just exploring green spaces with his peers. If you ever find an interesting plant or insect, do send him a photo of it (though he’ll probably fail to correctly identify whatever is in that photo so don’t get your hopes up).  


In his first two years, Willis served as the President of Tembusu Wildlife Association (tWild) along with fellow Residential Assistant Ms See Ee Teng. Willis was also a member of the Student Life Working Group and interim captain of the Ponya House Committee during his time here, one of the reasons that led to him eventually applying for the role of Residential Assistant. He was also one of the founding members of tFigure, an ice skating interest group and regularly teaches Tembusians how to ice skate at the nearby JCube ice rink. Willis also admits that he has gone down the filter coffee rabbit hole and is ever so happy to brew a cup of coffee for his friends. The proud owner of the #todayspour hashtag, check out his Instagram for his (attempts at) latte art and coffee shenanigans. 


Always enjoying a good conversation/cup of coffee/nature walk/skating session, feel free to have a chat with him if you ever see him around (yes, he is one of those people who never, ever goes home though you might have fun guessing where he actually stays).

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.