Ms. Nadya 'Umairah

Resident Assistant Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Nadya is a second year Psychology major, but do not let that fool you because she’s likely taking a module completely left field as her interests oscillate wildly on the FASS spectrum at any given time. She is also actively involved in the College — a member of the Shan house committee in her first year, a frequenter of various interest groups, as well as a fixture at the level lounge, poring over readings and textbooks.

When she isn’t rushing an essay, rushing to her bed for a power nap or rushing down with 10 minutes to spare for breakfast, Nadya is singing along to every word of every song on her Spotify playlists, scrolling through Ezbuy for clothes her bank account cannot finance, and jumping at every opportunity to watch a horror movie. She tries to be low-key about it, but if you come up to her with a Marvel-related topic, be prepared for a very long but very in-depth conversation, complete with memorised dialogues and theories. She also likes to think she’s on first-name basis with political commentators such as Jon (Stewart) and John (Oliver) just from how avidly she watches them. 

She might not remember to water her plants as often as she’s supposed to but Nadya is almost always up for honest conversations, laughs and supper, so feel free to drop by and summon her from the depths of her assignments (and if you’ve realised that the previous statements have no relation whatsoever, let that not be a reflection of her abilities and ambition to become a pillar of support for all)!

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.