Ryan from Singapore, Studying Medicine
So NCV was built on Christian values and I think that was one of the factors when I was deciding to apply here and there are a lot of bible studies that I attend. They have these monthly services and so it’s a good way for me to just keep in touch with my religion, especially for someone so far away from home.
My name is Ryan and I’m from Singapore and I’m currently studying in my second year of Medicine and one day I hope I can become a doctor.
I found out about NCV through the website. I was just browsing and trying to find any accommodations that were on campus. New College and New College Postgraduate Village were two that I happen to find. New Village Postgraduate stood out because I looked at the facilities, I looked at the price. I liked the ensuite toilet and I just had a better impression of this place. And also being a postgraduate college, it would be more conducive to my studies and so I decided to apply here.
In terms of the interview process - it was really nice, really easy. I got a phone call from the Dean. It was probably a 10-15 minute phone call and we just had a chat. I think she just wanted to see what I’m like over the call. It was not stressful at all. It was a very smooth process.
[Then] I came here, not really having any expectations other than having a nice room and having a nice building, and I think it definitely exceeded it. When I arrived there was a Welcome BBQ where I immediately got to mingle with other residents. I quickly became quite good friends with one of my roommates or apartment mates, which really helped me. We helped each other settle in because he was also new. What I thought really surprised me… [was] some of the current residents were very supportive and offered to help me settle in, and if I needed any help I could just message them or just walk up to their room.
On the first day here I pretty much spent so much time in the games room. Usually after lectures, I’ll come back and play table tennis or play pool with friends before I get back to the grind of study.
I really like the BBQs they have here every term. It’s a great way to reconnect with some of the friends at NCV you usually don’t see everyday or talk too much. You get good food, good drinks as well as you get good music by the NCV band.
NCV has an avenue for you to get involved in many different things and one of the things I’m particularly involved in is the NCV band, which is a great place for all musicians or for people who have any interest in music in the building to come together, just jam and practice songs they’ve heard over the weekend… you get to put all this practice into use so you can play at the NCV BBQs and we play at some of the events, like cocktail nights. Pretty much any event that requires music.
NCV was built on Christian values and I think that was one of the factors when I was deciding to apply here and there are a lot of bible studies that I attend. They have these monthly services and so it’s a good way for me to just keep in touch with my religion, especially for someone so far away from home.