While spending your interim in Singapore senior or junior year may sound unreasonable as upperclassmen get the first pick, utilising this time or cutting costs on big-budget trips may be your best bet. In order to gain insight into why upperclassmen might opt for a trip in Singapore, I interviewed students here at SAS.
Edward Tang, a junior in SAS, says, “It’s a rigorous time for a year. It gives you an opportunity to get ahead in your studies.”
Stress accumulates among SAS students—especially among upperclassmen in their second semester of school. Because of the upcoming AP exams taking place in May and SAT, juniors and seniors may opt to choose to stay behind in Singapore to study.
One of the beauty about Singapore interim trips is that it usually ends around the same time as regular school, therefore the rest of time can be utilised for catching up in one’s sleep schedule or even prepping for exams. The week before interim is often times hectic, meaning most teachers will try to cram exams in right before interim week begins. According to Williams College psychologist Nate Kornell, PhD., “When we give ourselves treats, we feel energized, cared for, and contented, which boosts our self-command.” We can understand that Singapore trips are wonderful for people who want to treat themselves after taking multiple exams during that week before interim. By taking breaks after accomplishing big assignments, we are building a healthy pattern as we will most likely feel more energised for upcoming assignments post-interim.
Second beauty of Singapore Interim is the fact that the weekends are off. This allows students to do have 48 hours to themselves, unlike others travelling abroad who will be investing that time in their interim trips. Because interim takes place in February, before mocks and AP Exams, this week of studying may truly be important to make good use out of.
“It’s a rigorous time for a year. It gives you an opportunity to get ahead in your studies.”Edward Tang, junior at SAS
Lastly, the third beauty of Singapore interim is their low costs. While some Singapore trips that don’t include service have raised their prices from $0 in 2017 to $800 in 2019, it is much less of a burden compared to those taking place overseas which go up to $5000. For many, this is not a small amount of money; thus, we need to make a considerate choice before choosing our trip. Especially among seniors who plan to save up for the Bali trip, this will save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars that can be spent for other purposes during their spring break.
Junior Yunji Sohn states, “It’s the cheapest option available. I would suggest it for people who are saving up for a grand senior trip over spring break. I personally know a lot of my friends who have chosen to stay back.”
While the beauty of staying in Singapore may not sound as consequential for you, is it definitely one that should be taken into consideration, especially among upperclassman. Savings costs but also time and energy that most SAS students need in the midst of second semester can definitely be achieved through Singapore interim. For this I leave you with this: think long-term benefits then shorten your list from there. That way you can truly examine what trip to choose with more ease.