Hello! I’m Kevin, resident comedian and punster of Yale-NUS College (I tell a lie; we’re all actually pretty funny people). At the time of writing this, I have no idea what I want to major in yet, which is perfect for me because I love learning about anything and everything. I am one of the founders of YNC’s Improv Comedy Conglomerate, where we practise improvisational theatre, performing unrehearsed short skits completely without scripts, preparation or dignity. I also enjoy singing with the Yale-NUS A Capella Society, as well as reading, writing, watching anime and playing video games.
Why I Chose Yale-NUS
In my high school years, I participated in the International Baccalaureate Programme, which emphasized interdisciplinary learning, and which really got me hooked onto the idea of connecting ideas from multiple areas of knowledge. So when I was looking for colleges, I really wanted to have a liberal arts and sciences education. I ended up with a choice between UCLA and Yale-NUS College, and what sealed the deal for me was the Experience Yale-NUS Weekend (EYW) that the College holds for admitted students to experience what life would be like at Yale-NUS. I met all these amazing and wonderful staff members and professors, but what really sold me was the other participants. That night a bunch of us stayed up until four in the morning talking about life, the universe, and everything; and the prospect of spending the next four years with these crazy awesome people was too good to pass up.
What I Love Most About Yale-NUS
My favourite part of Yale-NUS College is the residential aspect of college life. It’s so fun having all your closest friends just a corridor away, and being on campus around the clock means that there’s always something happening – whether it’s a late-night meeting for extracurricular activities or a surprise ice-cream study break in the common lounge. If you’re a parent, please ignore this next statement: I also really enjoy living outside the authoritarian control of my parents. But seriously, living on my own has allowed me to grow into a more independent person and be able to handle things on my own.
Best Moment I’ve Had at Yale-NUS
I think the best moment I’ve had so far was performing in the Improv Comedy Conglomerate’s very first standalone show, one hour of improv and nothing but improv. We put a lot of effort into organising the show, securing a date and a venue and even ticket sales; because contrary to the “improvisation” in our name, a lot of these logistics still do need to be planned out. We opened to a full house of seventy seats, and still had people squeezing in at the back of the room. It was a wonderful, hilarious experience, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to perform our brand of comedy for such a great audience.
Random Fact about Yale-NUS
I’m going to be honest here: this is a shameless plug. Yale-NUS College is home to many student groups, but the absolute best (in my humble opinion) is the Improv Comedy Conglomerate. We’ve performed three full shows, and participated (as an improv segment) in three more. We’ve even opened for local standup comedian Kumar once. If you’re coming to YNC and are interested in on-the-fly theatre and performance, come look us up! We don’t require people to have any prior experience; we even hold workshops to learn improv from the ground up.