Wharton '23 Claire Utomi

SA: Singapore Management University


  • SA: Singapore Management University 

Ask me about...

  • Financial planning 

  • Living alone abroad

  • Solo traveling in SE Asia

  • Balancing travel and academics effectively

  • Housing in Singapore (or the best cheap hotels ...)

My Experience Abroad:

My semester abroad was an opportunity to learn more in new spaces and dig deeper into areas I was already interested in. I got to learn about Indian culture and traditions, as well as successful forms of government, beyond democracy, as well as a new angle on marketing, through my classes. Beyond academics, Singapore's prime location made it extremely easy to balance school and popping around to the other countries in South East Asia which enabled me to get a taste of even more culture, food, and wild experiences like rafting, diving with sharks, and solo traveling without a plan.

Other Highlights:

  • Going on a bonding trip to Kuala Lumpur with my friends

  • Becoming an honorary family member of my favorite anime-themed cafe on campus

  • Getting the last order of karaage chicken from a group of businessmen at C'est La Vie 

  • Diving in some of the best spots in the world in Thailand and the Philippines

  • Building lifelong friendships with people from across the world: Netherlands, Columbia, Singapore

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