With the first semester of the year in full swing, our team at ValueChampion has resumed our university interview series. Our goal is to share the stories of top students from leading universities in order to help prospective students get a better feel for the university experience.

In this article, we’ve interviewed Merrill Cheong who is double-degree student at the Singapore Management University (SMU). Merrill studies Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources as well as Psychology, and plans to pursue a career as an HR professional for a multinational corporation.

What influenced you to pursue your degree? What excites you intellectually?

For me, what caught attention when choosing a degree was the simple question of “Why do people do things the way they do?”. I was interested mainly in the thought process behind how people made decisions under large amounts of stress, especially leaders in positions of high power. From there,