Fresh Fruit Friday Experience

My experience at Fresh Fruit Friday

Fresh Fruit Friday is a college service that I’ve been doing since Grade 10. The environment is undoubtedly different, but its core and routine remain the same. Currently, I have, recently, begun to pick up fruit every Friday morning, which is then delivered to the service room. During Friday lunchtime, other Fresh Fruit Friday members and I will pack all the fruits into boxes so that it can be provided to the organization’s location, HealthServe, who assist Migrant Workers during times of unemployment. So, what’s it like to be in Fresh Fruit Friday? Fresh Fruit Friday has been an educational experience that has helped improve my understanding of what a migrant worker suffers from, and how an organization helps these, underprivileged, individuals through tough times of unemployment. Because of this information, I’ve developed a sense of sympathy for migrant workers. Because of this, in the future, I wish to develop my involvement with migrant workers through working with NGOs who aim to aid migrant workers during times of difficulty.

My Reflection in Service for Migrant Workers Association

What have I done in Service?

During service, we would fluctuate from different ideas, Healthserve to Migrant Workers Association. I would say that my participation has been limited; this includes a lack of communication and a lack of paying attention to those who are presenting something. It’s something that I’m not proud of, and there are always more opportunities to improve. I plan to utilise the downfalls I’ve experienced during service, to come back more mature and active in what this service stands for: helping the community.  I have to increase respect, communication, and active listening, helping me become more involved in the service. In the end, it’s all a learning experience, helping me mould into a better person for the community of, not just Singapore, but the world.`

What do I hope to get out of this Service?

I hope to become a more active individual in supporting a community, which allows me to become more engaged in the UWCSEA mission; this allows me to push myself into areas that I am very unfamiliar with, such as service. Hopefully, this will contribute to my ability to become a, generally, better person. Hopefully, this will increase my ability to socialize and become more responsible, which will help me become efficient and reliable.

Pandemic!

During one of our Global Politics class, all students participated in a board game that required the following concepts: globalization and interdependence.

The outline of the game is to play as different individuals who have special abilities, where from Georgia, Atlanta, they are dispatched to prevent the outbreak of disease by traveling all around the world. Mainly, it’s the idea that expertise from different countries is sent to benefit other countries, who may not have that skill of one of our roles, to defeat a disease.

Globalization, which is the ability of one country to influence another was present during the game. How? Once the roles would eradicate the disease, it would never come back, thanks to a cure. But, perhaps the skills of one individual benefited a nation. Nations affected by the disease would solidify their ability to be more prepared for any epidemics that would arise in the future, thanks to foreign expertise. Hence, those specialists who aimed to combat the disease managed to influence the way a nation approached an epidemic.

Interdependence, which is where actors come together to work towards on a situation together, was key in this game; this is because a single player could not have done it by themselves. In real life, it could be down to a lack of expertise, capital, or resources. Without additional support, it would be extremely ambitious for one individual to take on a disease that aims to infect the entire world. Hence, when there were more players, there was an ability for players to move around the board, fighting the disease in different countries, while we all stayed in communication, ultimately increasing the efficiency of our method to eradicate the disease.

What this board game demonstrates is how important interdependence and globalisation is. Without it, the difficulty to tackle the issue would be immense.

Surfaid

In Surfaid, we have been introducing each other to the works that Suraid GC plans to do this year. I am currently a financial advisor of Surfaid, where I have been trying to sell T-Shirts at the school shop, while also having to price them and package them to make sure they are ready to be sold at events like the Holiday Fair. This year will plan to be a very busy one, as we have to organize possibly the most significant GC event of the year, “Swim4Life,” so we have to make sure we are very prepared for when the time comes to run the GC event!

LO1 – Identifying your strengths and develop areas for personal growth

I believe that I need to be more open-minded when trying being a part of this GC. The reason why I feel this way is because of how oblivious I seem to be about the situation going on in Indonesia. There are a lot of people who are suffering from very basic diseases and die fro those curable diseases. Therefore, when discussing my GC, I need to be more careful with what I say, ensuring that I can develop the sympathies of others for those affected by such a preventable situation.

LO4 – Show commitment to and perseverance in you CAS experiences

I have attended to every meeting and have gone to the extent to take out my time to package material. I have been running the finances of the GC to ensure that there is profit for the actual organization to use, and have been paying attention during class. I believe that these examples of what I have done in the GC demonstrate my active participation and perseverance in the GC.

HS Tedx

In Tedx, we have explored ways to talk about peace. We have gotten in a variety of speakers that will help contribute to presentations for Tedx. It has been a fascinating experience so far, as I’ve gotten to understand better the way a Tedx should work. The most laborious task in Tedx now is getting ready to prepare the speakers for the Tedx event. The reason behind this is because of how nerve wrecking it can be to try and train a bunch of people who are older, or the same age as you. However, the task can also be exhilarating, as I begin to try something new!

LO3 – Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience

In Tedx, it all requires planning to make the main event successful. I have had to spend my time working with other members to ensure that the primary TEDx event is organized and professional. Planning in TEDx provides me with the planning skills to prepare for my overall CAS experience, and also demonstrates how I’ve begun to plan for my CAS experience – whereby TEDx is a part of this experience, which happens to require a lot of planning!

LO5 – Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively

TEDx requires a lot of work, so much that there has to be help from other members of the event. It not only reduces the amount of work we have to do (on top of our academics), but it also allows us to learn from other members and helps us improve the overall quality of our work – as we have other people’s expertise come into play when doing the job.

Is Liberalism in Retreat?

In today’s world, liberalism (a faith that hopes to connect the world through its economy, society, and culture) seems to be disappearing from what it once encased itself in – the USA, Europe, and even China. It’s as if Thomas Hobbes saw into the future and was right all along – sovereignty is what serves the country best and can embody a human desire for power. Hunger for power can call for the means of invading another country’s independence (realism – to always be ready with a military, offensively and defensively).

A  desire to influence other actors and achieve an outcome has been evident within our world, and dates back to a long way, and still is ongoing – all because of this being in a country’s national interest (sovereignty). Due to this, an ability to work together (interdependence) is slowly disappearing, and this notion of a borderless world is gradually fading too (globalization).

Since the election of Trump, the world has is in even more significant discord then before. With Trump completely shutting out a lot of countries (like Mexico, the DPRK, and the Middle East), this beautiful notion of interdependence (an essential principle of liberalism) seems to get even fainter by the second. To further compliment the situation, Russia has invaded Ukraine due to the country’s national self-interest, and the EU has imposed sanctions on Russia.  To also add insult to the wound, to prevent any form of diversity, Catalonia voted to separate from Spain.

So is liberalism dying? Yes, it is fading away into oblivion. Countries like the USA seem to despise interdependence at the moment, while Russia has gone in and illegitimately invaded Crimea in search of more power (strengthen military). A free international trade has been in abeyance with sanctions on countries like the DPRK (also sanctioned by China and the DPRK and the USA are both threatening each other with military force), Iran, and Cuba from the US, while Russia has received sanctions from the EU for invading Crimea. Myanmar has been causing ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims to protect their sovereignty from outsiders).

We have seen both offensive and defensive realists appear more often, such as Russia being offensive realists (Crimea vs. Russia) and defensive realists, such as the US, France, and Germany (NATO). With the world superpowers turning to power politics, can they influence the remaining countries to convert from liberalists to realists? Perhaps time will tell.

MUN Club

In today’s world, liberalism (a faith that hopes to connect the world through its economy, society, and culture) seems to be disappearing from what it once encased itself in – the USA, Europe, and even China. It’s as if Thomas Hobbes saw into the future and was right all along – sovereignty is what serves the country best and can embody a human desire for power. Hunger for power can call for the means of invading another country’s independence (realism – to always be ready with a military, offensively and defensively).

A  desire to influence other actors and achieve an outcome has been evident within our world, and dates back to a long way, and still is ongoing – all because of this being in a country’s national interest (sovereignty). Due to this, an ability to work together (interdependence) is slowly disappearing, and this notion of a borderless world is gradually fading too (globalization).

Since the election of Trump, the world has is in even more significant discord then before. With Trump completely shutting out a lot of countries (like Mexico, the DPRK, and the Middle East), this beautiful notion of interdependence (an essential principle of liberalism) seems to get even fainter by the second. To further compliment the situation, Russia has invaded Ukraine due to the country’s national self-interest, and the EU has imposed sanctions on Russia.  To also add insult to the wound, to prevent any form of diversity, Catalonia voted to separate from Spain.

So is liberalism dying? Yes, it is fading away into oblivion. Countries like the USA seem to despise interdependence at the moment, while Russia has gone in and illegitimately invaded Crimea in search of more power (strengthen military). A free international trade has been in abeyance with sanctions on countries like the DPRK (also sanctioned by China and the DPRK and the USA are both threatening each other with military force), Iran, and Cuba from the US, while Russia has received sanctions from the EU for invading Crimea. Myanmar has been causing ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims to protect their sovereignty from outsiders).

We have seen both offensive and defensive realists appear more often, such as Russia being offensive realists (Crimea vs. Russia) and defensive realists, such as the US, France, and Germany (NATO). With the world superpowers turning to power politics, can they influence the remaining countries to convert from liberalists to realists? Perhaps time will tell.

These are just a fraction of ideas that one must consider during MUN club.

LO6 – Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance

Mainly, we have to discuss multiple topics that are affecting our world’s ability to achieve notions of peace. It’s clear that my engagement is debating potential solutions to these given questions, which aligns with the beautiful idea of UWCSEA – to unite all nations through discussing global issues.

LO7 – Recognise and consider the ethics of your choices and actions

As I am representing a particular country, I have to be very considerate on what I say on my country’s behalf, and also have to consider the feelings of other delegates within the room. I must quickly evaluate my ability to phrase my conversations with others in a way that isn’t offensive.

Fresh Fruit Friday – Reflection

So far, we have devised a plan to receive fruit from HS students to send to HealthServe, where they distribute fruits to none-working migrants. So far, we have met up with the G9+G10 principles that allow us to collect fruits efficiently.  We have also divided the FFF team into departments, allowing for a division of labor (i.e., Marketing, Communication, Lesion, etc.) – this ensures we can work with the utmost efficiency!

Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience:

We have demonstrated this CAS experience through going to see the principles to make our plan a reality. We talked about our project and ensured that all participating actors are informed to make the project move smoothly. We have also assigned leader roles to students to ensure the project remains ORGANIZED.

Show commitment to and perseverance in you CAS experiences:

I have been in this service since G10. We have also stayed back after school to ensure that everyone is informed about the HS FFF project, including faculty. Our after-school hours has demonstrated our commitment to this service to make it work.

 

Service – Helping the Migrants (HealthServe)

Recently, I’ve joined a service known as Health Serve. Its initiative is to help migrants in Singapore that are NOT working, due to injury or waiting for permits. I have attended the headquarters and have brainstormed on how to benefit them. To understand how we could help these people, we shared our stories and questions with each other. This experience allowed us to further recognize each other as human beings.

 

Identifying your strengths and develop areas for personal growth – 

Thanks to the experiences being at the HQ of HealthServe, it has severely opened up my mind to how I can become a better human being. I’ve identified that I need to improve my understanding of the migrant situation in Singapore, allowing me to become a better human being.

Demonstrate that you have undertaken, developing new skills in the process –

Having done HealthServe, it has opened up a new section of my mind. I was never aware of the situation that occurs with the migrants in Singapore and has developed my ability to become a better human being. I have become a better collaborator, as I’ve had to work with multiple of people to help the migrants in Singapore. I have also become a better communicator, as our ideas had to be shared with each other.

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