Mr. Prashan Kunalan

Resident Assistant Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Prashan is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in Sociology. He has a profound interest in the social life of Man though he is currently exploring, in particular, the social issues of youth in Singapore. 

As a sociologist, Prashan believes that the individual person is in most part not individual, but a part of a society that he/she shapes, and is shaped by. Prashan incorporates this same belief into his view of Tembusu, where he advocates and encourages people to embrace being a part of the Tembusu society, allowing the college to nurture, and hopefully be nurtured, by each and every Tembusian. While each of us are unique and different, Tembusu only exists where the unique pieces are enmeshed in one interdependent society. This believe motivates and inspires Prashan to contribute to Tembusu College in what ever small way he can. In Tembusu, Prashan has served in the Tancho House Committee during his first year, and the 6th College Students’ Committee as the Welfare Secretary in his second. He enjoys contributing to the Arts scene within the College, being a part of the Tembusu Treblemakers and sometimes a jukebox during open mic events. Prashan firmly believes that sports are best enjoyed when it involves chasing and kicking a ball the Manchester United way. An easygoing conversationalist, Prashan would be willing to talk just about anything, though conversations about Game of Thrones, MUSE or football would make his day.

Prashan has thoroughly enjoyed his 3 years in Tembusu College thus far, and is excited to be part of the family for a fourth year.

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.