Ms. Ashley Angela Toh

Resident Assistant Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Ashley is in her third-year as a Social Work undergraduate (yes it’s a paid profession no it’s not the same as volunteering), with a minor in Sociology. An aspiring social worker, Ashley believes in understanding the lived experiences of individuals within their unique environments, and supporting them in living life on their own terms. Ashley has particular interest in working with vulnerable older adults, as well as in social research.

One of her favourite things about Tembusu is the safety it affords to try new things, and the freedom to involve herself in whatever capacity she would like to. In her first year, Ashley served on the Gaja House Committee. She took on the role of Head of Operations for STEER Borneo 2017, which was an expedition to Sabah, Brunei and Sarawak to learn about conservation. Ashley also shared her interest in the effective altruism movement by conducting an inter-college reading pod on that subject.

Naturally more a potato than fitspo, Ashley first found the “home of possibilities” slogan to be (painfully) true when she became a part of the tCali core team (@yaytcali on Instagram) at the start of her first year. She also joined tBalls in her second year.

Ashley also enjoys participating in the arts scene. Beyond being a part of Filmbusu’s main committee, Ashley is ever-enthusiastic for the #artsjios to go for musicals and plays.

Seek Ashley out if you’d like to talk about anything at all – from crime podcasts to cheese tofu, from Lord of the Rings to life’s ups and downs. Ashley has relished her Tembusu journey thus far, and looks forward to even better days ahead with the community and as a new member of Tancho house.

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.