As a UWCSEA student that has attended this school for 8 years, thought process has changed over time. Being at a multicultural school has allowed me to be more considerate towards all, as well as more reflective. Not only has academics shaped me, but also extracurricular activities, grade 9 expeditions and service.
I aspire to be the best person that I can be and achieve all goals that I set, I aspire to be the best swimmer that I can be and make myself and coaches proud, I aspire to achieve the highest grade possible for each subject, I aspire to be a happy person. All of these aspirations are built off of experiences and connections that I have made. Being at UWC it has given me so many opportunities and memories. Not only do the sports and academics shape me it is also service, If I went to any other school in the world I would not be where I am today, I would not be as fulfilled as I am today.
This year alone I have taken part in 2 services, one local and one global. Both have allowed me to apply my learning in realistic situations and make and impact on those who need it. The global concern that I am a part of is called SURFAID, I have taken part in Swim for Life since I was 8 and have continued to do so up until now, however I only recently joined the GC this year at the beginning of grade 9 as it was not an option until high school. This year I was more involved in the planning of the event and was more hands on, it allowed me to improve my communication and organisation in general as we each had individual assigned roles. The local service that I am a part of is called GEP (Generation Education Period), we are currently in the process of turning the service from a local one to a focus group. There are many challenging aspects to overcome before we are able to turn into a focus group, Many meetings were set up with the service head and many conferences with other GC’s to consider partnership, however in the light of things we have decided that raising awareness locally or partnering with Amavasya college are our most realistic options. On a whole I believe that service on campus has shaped a huge part of me and has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and look at things in a whole new perspective. Other than service at school I have taken part in multiple service trips called Tabitha (House building), with dover. I have done the trip for 3 years now and have gained new friends, new connections and new understanding of service, the trips are not only a chance for you to give back, but also a chance to make new connections with people from multiple campuses.
During Grade 9, I took part in an expedition that took place in Australia, it was focused on many outdoor activities such as canoeing, abseiling, trekking, caving and surfing. I consider myself to be a very active and sporty person, meaning expeditions like the one I went on allows me to try new things and possibly gain interest in other sporting activities. This trip allowed me to gain new friendships and new experiences whilst also being pushed out of my comfort zone. I am from Australia, so going back home for my grade 9 trip was meaningful and felt comfortable for me as I could relate to the country and activities that we took part in. Combining with dover allowed me to make friendships outside of our normal school community as well as learn more about different people. On a whole I believe that the expedition that I chose was well suited for me and challenged me in ways that I did not expect, I have gained new experiences that have impacted my values and beliefs.
Whilst being a student at UWCSEA I have taken part in the east swim team from the very beginning. I was a student at the Ang Mo Kio campus and enjoyed swimming very much as I got to interact with both students that were in higher and lower grades than me.
We used to have to catch a bus to a local swimming pool for our swim lessons, and now at the new campus we have our very own olympic sized swimming pool as a facility. To see all of the improvement and development over the years is something that I will never forget. Through the development I went through many coaches and swimming peers that have come and gone, it is very hard for me to say goodbye to those who have impacted my life significantly however in the long term they are one small part that has shaped you as an individual. I am very thankful for the swim team and the members on it, although I have not been training as much lately I still feel welcomed and very much happy around everyone there. There was one period of time where I was considering quitting as I was losing interest and motivation to continue, however taking a break and cutting down sessions has allowed me to consider my options and has convinced me to continue swimming, During this process I set both short term and long term goals for myself to reflect and act on.
I am unsure if I will be here in Singapore to graduate from UWCSEA east, however through my time being here I have gained so many friendships that have built over time as well as experiences that have impacted me. Many of my academic teachers have allowed me to grow as a student and learn from my faulty mistakes, I believe I have grown as a student and that it is only the beginning of my high school journey. I look forward to setting realistic short term and long term goals related to academics in the future, as it gives me something to work towards and look upon. The only way that I can achieve all of my aspirations is with self determinism and belief, I can make connections and partnerships but that wont take me the whole way, dedication and time are the key elements when it comes to achieving set goals. In the future I hope to return back home to Australia and attended a high standard university that acquire’s for my needs. However as long as I am a student at UWC I know for sure I am going to keep growing as a person and a individual.