The cancellation of the project week may be a disappointment for most of the students including myself but I have learnt a lot while carrying out the research and planning of the activities. During the research of our activities, we had to consider the consequences of choices of our destinations, daily activities, safety and manageable budget which made us feel more responsible for our own action since there won’t be an actual adult/supervisor going with us. Even though we could not go to our planned destination physically, our planning and group work made me feel more engaged in preparing for our trip where I also gained the confidence and skills in carrying out other activities if we had to go oversea alone. Therefore, not being able to do our project week, I realised that I have developed a strong mentality to face like the current situations and thinking positively to look forward for opportunities.
One of the activities that makes UWC experience special for me was the project week. A week worth doing various activities, services or creativities with our group friends either within Singapore or outside Singapore. Since the project has to be student led, I got lot of experience through doing independent research and taking roles and responsibilities for our group. For me, the most exciting part was doing the research about the different activities that we hoped to do in that particular place because it was very new and interesting activity that I have done before. Some of the activities we discussed to do were cycling in Taiwan, hiking and trekking in China and rock climbing in Indonesia/Thailand.
Due to limited budget, we had to cancel our plan to China and Taiwan and decided to go for Indonesia/Thailand. We were not sure if we should go for the activity in Thailand or Indonesia, so we were trying to get in touch with the organisers to sort out the itinerary estimating for about a week. However, not so long after working out the itinerary list, the school had to cancel our project week trip due to Coronavirus spreading across the world quickly and to maintain safety for all the students at school. I lost all the excitements the moment I heard the news but I knew that the school was making this decision for us.
Dragon venture is one of the activities that I think will help me to share my knowledge from business and management studies with the rest of the group and exchange ideas with the people who have similar interest. Since I joined the school late, I attended only one session before the October break. However, the first session made me feel very excited due to our group discussion on why some businesses fail while some succeeds really well and identifying the business organisations with advantages and disadvantages. Through this activity, I hope learn more by exchanging ideas with the new group members and experience something different beyond classroom.
Pottery is an activity that I have always wanted to join because of how the activity itself gives an opportunity for the students to think creatively and try to incorporate them into physical model. Back home in Bhutan, I have seen many pots and other vessels used as a tool for cooking, serving, decoration, storing food and many more at traditional houses, souvenir, art exhibition and even at home. However, I did not get a proper chance to learn how they made those creative pots and designs. Therefore joining this pottery is a new challenge and new learning experience for my personal growth in UWCSEA.
Through this creativity activity, I hope to explore different ways of making pots with various materials and learn to creatively apply my skills and qualities in making physical models. I also hope to develop my skills in art through teamwork and help from supervisors which can help me in the future career development and in many other areas.