I’m Jerrick from the Class of 2019, and I’ve lived in Singapore my whole life. Prior to Yale-NUS, I was, well, serving the military, and prior to that I was living my life as a banker in the tinselled street of Shenton Way after graduating from Ngee Ann Polytechnic. My love for philosophy can perhaps be expressed by how Isaiah Berlin characterises philosophical questions, of which he said, “One of the surest hallmarks of a philosophical question – for this is what all these questions are – is that we are puzzled from the very outset, that there is no automatic technique, no universally recognised expertise, for dealing with such questions.” I love philosophy for exactly this: it inspires me to live a life guided by critical and also creative thinking. When faced with a philosophical question, I am forced to use an eclectic set of thinking and a broad base of knowledge to consider the problem at hand—and this philosophising invigorates me. When I’m not reading Nietzsche, you can find me foxtrotting to jazz songs in the ballroom or researching on type Ia supernovae.