The Straits Times supplement Scholars’ Choice featured Yale-NUS College Class of 2017 alumna May Tay, who was on the Global Merit Scholarship while at College. May shared that Yale-NUS College gave her the perfect opportunity to fully explore her options as she knew she needed the time and flexibility to discover what she really wanted to do.
May was part of the pioneer batch, which she noted as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The article noted that all students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships upon application, and that the four-year programme focuses on a broad-based multidisciplinary learning approach in the arts, humanities and social and natural sciences. May shared that she saw the scholarship as an opportunity to be more proactive about her undergraduate education, and lauded the Common Curriculum for not restricting one’s education to traditional academic courses. A major in Environmental Studies, May appreciated the small discussion-based classes which enabled students to form close relationships with their professors.
Currently working in Stockholm as a business controller trainee at fashion label H&M, May also highlighted the diverse community of Yale-NUS College. The bond-free scholarship gave her financial and academic freedom, and she was also able to spend a semester at Yale University, where she was able to experience life as part of a larger and older university community, and take courses at both the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Yale School of Management.