Ms. A Kanageswari

Resident Assistant Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Kanages is a Year 3.5 undergraduate majoring in Political Science. Specifically, she is interested in the sub-field of Comparative Politics. Her exchange semester at the University of Zürich helped her in discovering her interest in post-conflict societies and peace and conflict studies. Outside of school, Kanages enjoys learning about how various non-governmental organizations (both local and overseas) function.

She loves to backpack and hike whenever she gets the opportunity (pretty sunsets are always a bonus). She found a new love for films and documentaries after she attended the 12th Zurich Film Festival. Also, she has been an active member of Girl Guides Singapore since she was nine years old and is passionate about girls and women empowerment.

Tembusu College has allowed her to explore her passion in community issues through various interest groups (tKampung, tBefrienders and We Can! Campaign). Beyond that, she has also been involved in planning house activities as well as college events like Halloween. After being away from Tembusu for a whole year, she is excited to return home and meet both old and new Tembusians. Feel free to drop by her to room to say ‘hi’ and have a chat anytime, her door is always open!

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.