Ms. Natalia Tan

Resident Assistant Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Natalia is a second year Political Science major and History minor undergraduate (she isn’t sure why she’s doing it). She attempts to keep up with recent events and political discourse but is honestly pretty terrible at it. She may not be the smartest, but she sometimes tries her best.

In her first year in Tembusu, Natalia attended several IGs, including netball and TCrews and also actively participated in house events — talking really is her forte. Additionally, she did spend quite a fair amount of time on her external dance crew, NUS Dance Ensemble for various performances, as well as part time work. Hence, she hopes to play a more active role in Tembusu this coming AY by contributing as TCrews co-head and as a Residential Assistant. She would love to help make the college an even more inclusive and safe space.

Natalia is an avid concert go-er, despite her bank account’s protests against it. She enjoys a variety of music — you can see her bopping to them in the lounge. Otherwise, she is often eating and starting supper jios way too early. Freshman 15 was very real for her. Although she attempts to exercise, the yoga mat in her room is mostly used for midday naps and the weights are just decorative at this point.

If she’s not at dance or concerts, Natalia can be found either in her room or the lounge and is always up for a chat, so feel free to approach her! Or if you would like, she would gladly help start a supper jio.

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.