Saturday, October 18, 2008


Earthworm 'eating' =)

I am Xueyuan, and I am pursuing an Honours degree in Life Science at NUS, in order to fulfill my childhood dream of being a Zoologist. I believe that every human being should have a raison d’ĂȘtre, and mine is to work with animals and nature, for the sake of animals and nature. As such, I have prepared myself by taking up an undergraduate research project, helping graduate students with their projects and doing extensive readings.

I also seek to develop myself in areas other than studies. In school, I have joined NUS Student’s Union (NUSSU)Rag and Flag as a dancer, TalentQuest, a national wide singing competition organized by NUS Science Club, as part of the programme organizing committee, and well as other activities including fund raising projects and print modeling.

Sunday, October 12, 2008


The world around you is a reflection, a mirror showing you the person you are. Show your best face to the mirror, and you’ll be happy with the face looking back at you.”

The process of doing this report has been enriching and enjoyable, thanks to three groups of people: my group members, my tutor and the rest of the classmates. Past encounters with awful project mates have taught me to appreciate good team players. Thank you, Weikin and Yu Ming, for being so. I hope that I have been a good team mate as well.

A good module owes its success to the efforts of the lecturers or tutors behind it. Thank you, Brad, for just the right amount of guidance, which keeps us in track and yet gives us room to explore and learn.

Sometimes it is hard to spot our own mistakes, thanks to all the classmates who have edited our report and survey for us.

When working as a team, I feel that communication is not just about presenting your ideas but also listening to other people’s ideas. It is also good to meet up face to face for discussions rather than communicating via the internet, to avoid misunderstandings. My team mates and I have tried our best to meet up as much as possible, but it is a pity that we are taking this module in our honours year, leaving us with vey little free time.

To say the truth, my communication skills with team mates have yet to been put to great test during the course of writing the report. The reasons could be because I am blessed with amiable team mates, and that we are working in a small group with people from similar background.

However, I have learnt a lot from the writing process, including my grammar, the formats for writing minutes and report. Four years of scientific training often allow students to be proficient at scientific writing but are handicapped in other forms of writing. Even the writing of the survey report is different from the usual scientific reports. I am glad to have the chance to learn something different and useful, which I would otherwise not learn as a science student.