All-rounder, Darren Chua

  What was the most important factor that led to your achievement? What are some study tips that you'll like to share with the juniors?  I feel that are a lot of factors that contributed to it, but an important one would be my curiosity about medicine and the human body. It motivates me to understand the way things are and how they work, link concepts to each other, and use them in applied situations. This helps me to consolidate my knowledge more effectively.  There is a lot of new content to learn in medical school, and when I was revising for my exams, I sometimes felt daunted by the volume of material. For studying, I find it useful to periodically review things so that I can keep my memory fresh. Organising information in a way that makes sense to us can also help us understand things more easily and retain the knowledge. More general advice would be to plan a schedule and allocate time to different topics appropriately, including sufficient time for rest.   What CCAs/ interest groups/extracurricular projects are you in?  I am currently involved in a database research project at NUH. I have also been helping with the NUS Pathology Department’s Virtual Pathology Resource, created by Prof Nga Min En. At the moment, I am working with her to put together interactive pathology cases for the site that can be played in both desktop and mobile web browsers, and these are written to unfold like real-life clinical cases. I joined the Academic Affairs Directorate this year and I hope to be able to contribute positively to it as well.    What hobbies/ interests do you have outside of school?  I am interested in computer programming and web development. With all the technology around us, I think it would be a pretty useful skill to learn. I also run to help myself unwind. I know I’m not that good at it, but it's a good reason to try to take some time out to clear my mind, and it provided some relief from pressure in the lead up to Pros last year. I have a side hobby in astronomy, which I find fascinating, as it tries to unravel the mysteries surrounding the universe.    What is one superpower you'll want to have?  I think it would be nice to have the ability to pause time. Sometimes it feels like time passes by too quickly, especially when I’m busy, and being able to pause time would allow me to catch a breather.    What are your goals for the upcoming year?  I hope that at the end of this year, I will be able to look back and say that I have done my best.

What was the most important factor that led to your achievement? What are some study tips that you'll like to share with the juniors?
I feel that are a lot of factors that contributed to it, but an important one would be my curiosity about medicine and the human body. It motivates me to understand the way things are and how they work, link concepts to each other, and use them in applied situations. This helps me to consolidate my knowledge more effectively. 
There is a lot of new content to learn in medical school, and when I was revising for my exams, I sometimes felt daunted by the volume of material. For studying, I find it useful to periodically review things so that I can keep my memory fresh. Organising information in a way that makes sense to us can also help us understand things more easily and retain the knowledge. More general advice would be to plan a schedule and allocate time to different topics appropriately, including sufficient time for rest.

What CCAs/ interest groups/extracurricular projects are you in?
I am currently involved in a database research project at NUH. I have also been helping with the NUS Pathology Department’s Virtual Pathology Resource, created by Prof Nga Min En. At the moment, I am working with her to put together interactive pathology cases for the site that can be played in both desktop and mobile web browsers, and these are written to unfold like real-life clinical cases. I joined the Academic Affairs Directorate this year and I hope to be able to contribute positively to it as well. 

What hobbies/ interests do you have outside of school?
I am interested in computer programming and web development. With all the technology around us, I think it would be a pretty useful skill to learn. I also run to help myself unwind. I know I’m not that good at it, but it's a good reason to try to take some time out to clear my mind, and it provided some relief from pressure in the lead up to Pros last year. I have a side hobby in astronomy, which I find fascinating, as it tries to unravel the mysteries surrounding the universe. 

What is one superpower you'll want to have?
I think it would be nice to have the ability to pause time. Sometimes it feels like time passes by too quickly, especially when I’m busy, and being able to pause time would allow me to catch a breather. 

What are your goals for the upcoming year?
I hope that at the end of this year, I will be able to look back and say that I have done my best.