Cendana College

Sheena Diong

Hi everyone! My name is Sheena and I was born in Singapore. At the age of four, I moved to Beijing, China where I spent the next 14 years of my life. After graduating high school, I headed off to Saint Paul, Minnesota in the US to purse a Bachelors of Arts, double majoring in Psychology and Educational Studies. While at Macalester, I mentored first year international students as they transitioned into life in the US. I also organised many events as part of the Chinese Culture Club and for Asian Pacific Awareness month. Lastly, I was a facilitator for a program called Ametrica that was dedicated to promoting dialogue, intercultural sensitivity, and friendship between first year domestic (American) and international students at my college. My academic interests lie in cross-cultural approaches to social psychology as well as finding ways to implement more inclusive and engaging pedagogy in classrooms and schools in general. In my spare time, I enjoy sampling free food, reading, and swimming.

Advice for Students

Now is the time to explore everything you’ve ever had an interest in. Take a class with an intriguing name, join the Quidditch team, or find your voice in a chorale. The world is at your fingertips! Make the most of it. Adjust your schedule to suit who you are as a person. If you’re most productive at certain hours, set that aside for school work. Lastly, breathe. Make time to take care of yourself so you don’t burn out. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by all the things you have to do in college. Just remember, it’s not the end of the world if you don’t get it all done. Learn to prioritise! You’ll be doing it for the rest of your life.

Why Yale-NUS?

I see Yale-NUS as the place where I get to combine everything that I am passionate about, while being part of something that is bigger than myself. During the past four years of my college experience, I learned that college isn’t just for academic learning, but also for identity development, understanding others, shaping the world around you...the list goes on. College is an incredible journey, one that is unique to every individual. To all the students that I get to work with: I am incredibly humbled to be a part of your journey and hope that my presence can positively contribute to your experience here.

Travel Bucket List

Brazil, Iceland, Spain, and Italy

Fun Fact

I could probably eat avocado toast for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


Macalester College
Psychology and Educational Studies