WHAT IS NEXUS?
At the beginning of their NUS journey, freshmen are thrust into a colourful campus life bursting with a vibrant student culture and an exciting range of Freshmen Orientation Projects (FOPs).
The National University of Singapore Students’ Union (NUSSU) is the main body in the crafting of major FOPs, such as Union Camp, Rag & Flag, and the Student Life Fair all of which aim to create a memorable university experience for all.
These major NUSSU FOPs are commonly encapsulated into the common theme known as NEXUS, meaning NUS Experience. NEXUS refers to a link connecting the different participating groups of students together. Through these FOPs, NUSSU hopes to forge lifetime bonds not only among freshmen but also between freshmen and their seniors (returning students). The Union FOPs are held during the summer term break and take place at NUS campus with some activities happening outside.
WHAT ARE THE FOPs UNDER NEXUS?
The FOPs under NEXUS include Union Camp, Rag & Flag, and the Student Life Fair. Each of these has a unique tagline/ slogan attached to it as follows:
- Union Camp (EXordia)
- Rag & Flag (EXtending love, EXperiencing NUS)
- Student Life Fair (EXplore)
Most NUS FOPs are held between June and Mid-August each year. They are usually based on campus grounds, but some activities may be carried out outside.
Every year during NUS Open Day Student Village, major NUSSU entities - i.e. NUSSU Executive Committee (EXCO), Faculty Clubs, Non-faculty clubs, Halls and Residences - will manning booths to share about their various initiatives and projects, in particular, orientation projects and camps for incoming students/freshmen. Attending NUS Open Day is a good opportunity for prospective NUS students to learn about these NUSSU FOPs as they can engage in a more personal and meaningful conversation with returning NUS students to get a first-hand account of their own freshmen experience and learn about NUS student life.
General information about the various NUSSU FOPs organised by the major union entities can be obtained from the Union’s website (http://www.nussu.org/freshmen-category/orientation) and its NEXUS Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/nus.students.union.nexus) which will be regularly updated from April (Facebook) and May (website).
For more detailed information about each NUSSU FOP or information about other NUS FOPs, students are advised to check the respective FOP/FOP organising committee/club’s website or Facebook pages for updates.
IS IT COMPULSORY TO PARTICIPATE IN THESE FOPs?