Holly Apsley

Class of 2018

United States

About Me
I’m an American from Boise, Idaho — a city and state I will talk about endlessly if asked! I came to Yale-NUS interested in Global Affairs and Political Science, but  I am now intrigued by the urban environment. I love walking around Singapore and trying to “read” the political/social/personal meanings of the space around me.

Why I Chose Yale-NUS
I chose Yale-NUS simply because I thought it was an incredibly unique opportunity and so different from what I had always expected college to look like.

What I Love Most About Yale-NUS
One of my favorite things has been being part of P.S. We Care, a peer support group. It’s a group of wonderful people dedicated to supporting the school through confidential drop-in counselling. Not only does this support the school, but the group is very conscious about checking in with one another as an internal support group. I’ve learned a lot about listening and building strong community through this group and I think it represents the spirit of caring at Yale-NUS.

Best Moment I’ve Had at Yale-NUS
One of my favorite parts of my Yale-NUS experience has been the climbing club. We have grown from only the five ExCo members showing up to our climbing sessions to being able to train regularly, travel, and hopefully soon compete! In true Yale-NUS fashion, we’ve even gotten to do crazy things like plan our own trip to a small town in Laos to climb for 10 days. It was wonderful to spend time with people who have become close friends over the years and push my (mental and physical) abilities on natural rock!

Random Fact about Yale-NUS
I love that the Elm buttery is named Shiner’s Diner! It’s named after a beloved admissions officer, and I’m so proud that we were able to honour someone who the students recognise as having contributed directly to our community, rather than only outside benefactors.

Holly Apsley