Elm College

Josua Chad Vitorio Lutian

Hi everyone! I am Josua one of the new DF’s in Elm. I am originally from the Philippines. The past 5 years I lived in the US where I completed my studies at Colby College and graduated with a double degree in Psychology and Music-Computation. I am passionate about using multi-modal storytelling (data science, technology, music, & theatre), with a focus on identity-based (personal and intersectional) narratives, to deconstruct, create solutions for, and dismantle social issues with regards to the idea of home. This past year I was a research assistant at the Stanford Graduate School of Education where I worked on projects that explored inequalities in psychological publishing and cultural differences in modelling educational achievement. Outside of work, I love watching musicals, trying out new food, and watching horror movies. I will also be an associate at the office of Admissions and Financial Aid.

Advice for Students

Do not let plans define your future! This is something that I learned during my college years. It is important to create a rough plan of possible outcomes and scenarios for where you want to be and what you want to achieve in the near future. It is always important to have goals! However, it’s so easy to get lost and disheartened when you don’t meet your own expectations. Always keep an open mind and heart to new experiences/people/interests/etc.

Why Yale-NUS?

I wanted to work at a liberal arts institution located in Asia. I wanted to experience first-hand how this educational system coincides, challenges, and compliments the rich value systems already in place here in Singapore. I believe that the dynamics created by introducing something novel to Asian education, like the liberal arts system, creates a space for opportunities to create meaningful change as we use ways of thinking from all over the globe.

Travel Bucket List

Myanmar (Burma), Philippines (I never got to explore!!), & Japan

Fun Fact

I got frosted tips as a junior in college…. Never again


Colby College
Music-Computation and Psychology