Ms Wong Jean

Resident Assistant Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Jean is a fourth-year Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) student majoring in English Literature and Southeast Asian Studies. (Don’t be fooled – this doesn’t mean she reads all the time, although she probably should.) She is questionably quadrilingual, excels at Excel (sometimes) and keeps losing her horse in Minecraft (sad). As someone that enjoys watching food videos but is too afraid to cook, Jean is an avid food-lover and enjoys breakfasts and suppers (maybe a little too much). Jean has a soft spot for cats and will not hesitate to go on a detour if that means she gets to pat a cat. She almost forgot to include the fact that she loves coffee and more often than not, requires it to stay awake…

In her early years in Tembusu, Jean stumbled into the Tembusu Arts Council, where she spent two terms serving under Programmes and as the Secretary. An enthusiastic follower of the craft of words, Jean was part of tWord in its early days. She was also a part of the tFreedom committee and still believes strongly in the importance of diversity and inclusion. In her free time, Jean loves playing games that offer her a sense of purpose in life (like Overcooked! 2 and Tetris).

Having had the chance to meet many different people in Tembusu, Jean hopes to continue being a friend to those that she will cross paths with. Jean hopes to be someone you can turn to anytime, whether it be for a casual conversation or an earnest talk – she might come off as awkward at first, but she hopes that first-time pleasantries will melt away into meaningful relationships in time to come! Her door will always be open (metaphorically) to anyone :”)

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.