Shaun LimWhy did you decide to major in Life Sciences?
Since high school, I have been fascinated with health and the etiology of neurodegenerative diseases — I suppose this was the primary impetus behind my decision to major in the Life Sciences. Science has always been a major part of my life, and I remember constantly trying to find explanations for phenomena that happen in the biological world. Thankfully, this childlike curiosity hasn’t vanished. I love how probing deeper into my unanswered questions on a cellular and molecular level leads me to even more questions. As they say, the more you know, the more you know you don’t know. This is precisely what drives me forward in the Life Sciences.
Why study Life Sciences in Yale-NUS College?
The life sciences at Yale-NUS College offers numerous opportunities for close interaction with the professors. Given the small cohort size, it provides numerous opportunities to do independent research with the professors and gain valuable research experience.
What advantages do you think Life Sciences majors have after graduation?
Apart from research experience, another important skill to possess in the sciences is communication, regardless of whether one works in academia or industry. I firmly believe that the key indicator of successful scientists is the ability to effectively communicate their knowledge to laypeople. Written and oral communication skills are extensively developed in the Common Curriculum, which will inevitably prove to be a valuable asset after graduation.