Mr Zachary Tan Zewei

Resident Assistant Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Zachary is a third-year undergraduate majoring in History, with a minor in Philosophy. You can usually hear his laugh from two floors away before you see him. He loves challenges of all shapes and sizes. When he isn’t busy playing a survival horror game on its hardest difficulty or answering the most unnecessarily complicated question on an essay assignment, Zachary fills his time by listening to his musical favourites, Daft Punk and Queen. He’ll never shy away from experiencing something new, and lives in a boundless fascination for the limitless prism of perspectives that life has to offer.


This bag of beans usually spends his time at the level lounge, chatting with the various people who come and go. If not, he’s probably indulging in what Tembusu has to offer. Maybe you’ll catch him throwing a couple of balls at Tchoukball, or maybe leading a band of adventurers in a game of Dungeons & Dragons. Once in a while, you might find him hosting one of his cocktail workshops and sharing about the wonders of mixology.


Prior to being a part of the Residential Team, Zachary was a member of the Tancho House Committee in his first year, and a member of the 10th College Students’ Committee in his second. From the beginning, Zachary knew that he had found someplace special in the Home of Possibilities. He firmly believes that the heart of Tembusu lies within its open and diverse community. No matter where you find yourself within College, it is always a warm feeling knowing that a connection is never far away. Explore your passions, make new friends and never be afraid to give yourself to something new.


His door is always open to new conversations, new ideas, and new friends.  

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.