Dear Professor Blackstone

I am Jerome Tay, and this is my introduction letter. I graduated from Singapore Polytechnic with a diploma in information technology (solutions development) in 2015. I have decided to take on the engineering path after the completion of my diploma as I wanted something more practical, hands on and ultimately, to be able to contribute back to the society with a greater impact. Thus, I have chosen to pursue a degree in sustainable infrastructure engineering (land) in Singapore Institute of Technology.

My strengths are, firstly, being able to analyse and understand messages are being delivered. This is a skill that I believe it is important to hone as messages are part of our everyday lives and it comes in many forms.
Secondly, I am also a good listener, as I strongly believe that one would not be able truly understand the message of the other party unless one is a good listener, let alone be someone who is giving advice.

My weaknesses are, firstly, public speaking especially to people whom I’ve never met before. Even though I have spoken to large groups of people before, it always gets me when I am speaking to people whom I’ve never met, especially those with authority no matter how prepared I am. This often results me in either stuttering or speaking too fast, and more often than not mispronouncing words, which could be quite embarrassing.
Secondly, I am not very confident on my command of English language. Therefore, there are times where I do have difficulty understanding certain words which I have to refer to the dictionary.

Goals for the module

My goals for this module is to become a confident speaker. In time to come, there would definitely be a time where I have to be at the front and present or speak to the public. I would also want to improve my command in English language, as it is inevitable that someday I would be required to work on things such as meeting minutes, papers or letters. In fact, I am grateful that this module is part of my university course.

Jerome Tay
SIE 2017, Group 5