Ms Coco Yau

Resident Assistant Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Coco is a fourth-year Psychology undergraduate, relishing in the intriguing insights of the human mind and relationships whilst trying her best to survive in the competitive major. She naturally gravitates towards people and loves conversations, though at times she prefers to be alone in a place filled with strangers. She takes comfort in dance, hot showers, books, sunrises, (occasionally) cats, and brewing coffee.

If you travelled 3 years back in time, you would find Coco planning events as a House Committee member, dabbling a little in the courts with Tchouk, serving (great tasting) coffee (with mediocre latte art) in the early mornings or experimenting with new (weird) coffee drinks with Tembusu Coffeehouse late into the night.... you can also catch her teaching Burmese children through Skype with tEnPower, or spot her terrified face in the lounge at 2am - watching a horror movie she was reluctant to but did so anyway.

Being in the Home of Possibilities for 3 years, Coco has seen how much this place can offer. And no, she does not just mean the opportunities to take part in activities, plan events or head organizations. She means the impromptu conversations at the corridors, the smiles one receives in the lifts, and the nice meal one shares with another at the dining hall. She hopes you can experience the possibilities of Tembusu in your own way too, so feel free to approach her whenever you need support or a listening ear. (While you are doing so, just exploit her coffee skills and request for a cup of coffee) ((she can make non-caffeinated drinks too)).

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.