Kelly Ong’s interest in environmental issues leads her to a scholarship from SUTD.
Why did you choose to study at SUTD?
From young I was very passionate about environmental issues. I see myself creating products or systems that are eco-friendly and lead the industry towards better management of the world’s limited resources.
I chose to study at SUTD because of its emphasis on integrating technology and design to make the world a better place. I like SUTD’s focus on environmental sustainability as I believe in using green and and sustainable products. Although this is a new university, its curriculum is being jointly developed with MIT, one of the world’s best in the field of Engineering. Furthermore, I believe that my education in SUTD would be enjoyable, fulfilling and enriching because of SUTD’s pedagogy.
Why did you take up the SUTD Scholarship?
I come from a family of four siblings. All of us are currently pursuing a tertiary education. Hence, finances are a challenge. I am honoured to be awarded the SUTD Scholarship. I hope to do my best with this privilege and, in return, contribute back to the society. There are responsibilities that come with the scholarship and I am not taking it lightly. I believe that a scholar needs to uphold social responsibility, humility and integrity.
How did you know about the scholarship?
To be enrolled in SUTD, we were interviewed by the staff and professors. It was then that they told me about the scholarship and of course I was very interested in not having to pay for the tuition fees.
Any other unique features about life in SUTD?
As I am in the first batch of undergraduates, we are free to start our own CCA, or over here we call it ‘Fifth Row’. I founded the cheerleading club. I also joined the go-green club called Green Print, which was started by my friends. Being pioneers, our leadership skills are really tested and stretched. But I can adapt fairly quickly to new challenges and situations.
The MIT-styled curriculum gives us the freedom to think out of the box and manage our study projects in our own way. There is a lot of emphasis on interaction between teachers and students, and among peers.
Another interesting thing is that for the first year, we are not designated the degree course we are doing yet. We go for a very broad-based learning. In the final year, then would we get to choose the degree we would be graduating in. At this point, it seems that I’m inclined towards Engineering System and Design.
Where do you see yourself doing in the near future?
I hope to set up my own firm or join a company that designs and invents eco-friendly and energy-efficient products. I am particularly interested in the conversion of waste products to clean energy. It is sad to see so many things ended up as waste.
Now: First year at Singapore University of Technology and Design
From: Pioneer Junior College