While it is true that SUTD fifth row, more particularly the art cluster have been doing a really good job keeping the campus life fill with dance, musical and basically all the artsy stuffs. ZJU, however, with its rich history and vast population is already miles ahead of us, and that make ZJU a perfect role model for us to learn from. 4 weeks into ALP, many of us from the sports cluster that rarely attend any artsy event at all started to sign up for more artsy festivals, events, and shows!
I shall credit this phenomena to 2 things. Firstly, the effort of the students, while it is simple to organise a musical show in campus it is not easy to be performing on a stage with thousands of audience sitting in front of you. This also simply means that the performers must have put in a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication into the show! Of course, when hard work is involved, it got to be done correctly! And this leads to my second point, which is the support of the staffs and Alumni. After each performance (sometimes at the beginning) the performers will make a speech the thank their instructors and alumni that were involved in the preparation of the performance. Most of the time, these alumni and instructors are even invited up on stage to give a short speech as well. Through the speeches, we can tell that the camaraderie within the community is extremely strong. All in all, I feel that ZJU have a lot for SUTD to learn from, regardless the arts culture or simply the campus life as a whole.