Ms Tessa Neo Wen Hui

Resident Assistant Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Tessa is a third-year undergraduate majoring in Geography, with minors in both Global Studies and GIS. After spending the past semester on exchange in the US, she is excited to be back in Singapore and spend her time in Tembusu.

Tembusu has been a big part of her undergraduate experience at NUS. Tessa was an active member of both the Alumni and Education Working Groups, while also being part of the executive committee for tBakes and tAKE me out. She hopes to continue to support the Tembusian community through her new role in the Residential Team.

Outside the classroom, you can often find her trying out new recipes in the kitchen and enjoying her favourite desserts. An avid adventurer, Tessa has discovered a love for all things outdoors while in the US - hiking, camping, skiing and national parks to name a few. As a former sailor, she also loves spending time out on the open water and enjoying various watersports.

As an RA, Tessa hopes to play a part in building a strong sense of community amongst her residents - one that is built upon compassion, trust and good food. Her door will always be open to anyone and a cup of coffee/tea will always be guaranteed!

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.