Four score and … four months ago: I decided to go to Singapore. What’s a Singapore? You may ask. Where is Singapore? You may ask. These things, I can tell you.
In choosing where to study abroad, I considered three things: adventure, education, adventure, and climate. Let’s just say the tropical climate, the educational rankings of NUS, and the opportunity for travel around Singapore were a little difficult to say no to.
Singapore is a little speck of a country sandwiched in between Malaysia and Indonesia. It is home to the Singaporeans, the Merlion, the Marina Bay Sands Skypark, and, almost most importantly, the best airport in the world. Oh, and monkeys.
Singapore is only three and a half times the size of Washington, D.C. and I intend to explore every inch of it: the cultures, the food, and the yoga. In the meantime, I’ll pop on over to Thailand to befriend an elephant and ferry over to Indonesia to meet an orangutan, and, when I need a break from all of this extroversion, I’ll camp on a small Singapore-surrounding island with my new found friends and enjoy the sound of the waves on the sand. Then, I’ll return to campus, experience a top 10 chemical engineering program in the world, and avoid snakes along the way. If and when I meet a snake, I’ll think: “Hey, you’re ok, because: we’re in Singapore, it’s January, and it’s not snowing!”
Sound too good to be true? Yea, I thought so too, until I discovered that Singapore is also one of the safest countries in the world with one of the highest qualities of life, not to mention a melting pot of culture, thoughts, and architecture. Needless to say, I’m in love. More gushing to come.