I’ll start with a personal update.

I’m almost with my first week of school in SMU’s Doctor of Jurisprudence or JD program.

This is, by far, the hardest course I’ve ever taken in my life considering that I have done NUS engineering school, NUS’s Masters in Applied Finance and passed all three CFA exams.

Prior to the start of the semester, we would have already completed reading about 30 cases, done two online quizzes, and even attempted to tackle a few problems. SMU places a large emphasis on classroom participation, this means that going to a seminar with a vague understanding is not enough – I have to ensure that I make at least one intelligent ( high quality/ mind-blowing ) contribution every seminar or it will affect my grades. Every seminar is a mini-exam.

The differences in the way Universities conduct lessons has caused me and my friends to …