Ms. Cherry Tan

Resident Assistant Tembusu College National University of Singapore
Cherry is a third year Southeast Asian Studies major and English Literature minor. She is interested in the politics and histories of Southeast Asian, as well as regional and local literature — the perfect harmony of her disciplines. To maintain a work-life balance, she is an active member of the College, joining the Shan house committee for two years and Tembusu Arts Council in her second year (okay, it’s still work but at least it’s fun!).
 
Cherry loves to read and when she’s not rushing all her assignments at once, she is deeply engrossed in a book. She grew up on a diet of MTV and HBO and as such, is very attuned to pop culture. She is always discovering new TV shows, films and music, so feel free to recommend her anything you think is amazing. Additionally, she likes to jog, eat, travel and look at memes. She hopes her many unrelated interests make her an interesting person.
 
She enjoys conversing with people (or just talking in general) and her door is always open to anyone. If her open personality is not enough to compel you, she hopes her stash of snacks will!
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.