IFP Oversea Conference

Oversea Conference Application

I have always been a natural leader and building a leadership skill is something that I want in my subsequent role. I like taking initiatives and doing volunteer work that has always positive impact in the society. It not only helps the society but it also helps me gain confidence within myself and it helps me to view the society in a different way. I am also a very passionate person who gives immense time to community service work. During this summer (2018), I interned in an NGO (Bhutan Youth Development Fund) where my friends who graduated from high school and I have hosted a charity show so that we could raise some money to give it to the NGO who helps people with disabilities and youths (NU. 14,000 in total). On the other hand, I have also guided and initiated a project called “Zhenphen Project” literally meaning “Altruism” in which we formed a group of four to five members including myself. We collected and made a donation of clothes aiming for slum families in the capital city of Bhutan and even donated to Tarayana Foundation (public benefit organization, registered with the civil society organization authority of Bhutan which was founded by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck). Moreover, we extended the project through sharing on social medias and to other schools as well.

 

I came to know about Initiative For Peace through my seniors who have graduated from UWCSEA. During summer, she also did her internship with me at the NGO (National Committee of UWC) and during one of the biggest camps (Golden Youth Award Camp) organised by our National Committee, She led a workshop on IFP with the students who come from across the country. I was also one of the members who led the workshop with my senior and that’s how I came to know and understand more about IFP. Thus, I joined the activity immediately so that I can learn more and help spread how to build peace in different societies and environment. IFP has been one of my favourite activities and throughout the sessions, it helped me to reflect on my own actions and about the things that I have been doing till now. It helped me to change my perspectives towards different people’s situations and significance of understanding diversification. 

 

Being an openminded person, this personality has helped me to grow and learn from others. Apart from that, depending on the situation, I can also sacrifice my comfort if it is going to benefit the other person. Also I have been a team leader and I always find it fun and useful when people work together in groups and share ideas. Thus,  if I am able to become one of the team members of the overseas conference then I think it will be a great opportunity for me to improve myself and at the same time, help people understand how to reduce conflicts and understand peace building.  

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IFP Reflection #4

LO #7

Till now in IFP we have been talking, discussing and planning on how peace is important in any situation in any country or with any people. I have been understanding peace in a way I could understand the world from a different perspectives. Now because the world itself is in chaos and it’s hard to explain how we can get together and build peace together because everyone is facing different difficult circumstances and I know that its hard to think about the rest of the world even when you know that you need to build peace and help each other. At times like this we need to come together and fight together and I strongly agree that it has been already time to share and take action from what we have learned from IFP. The session that took place virtually on the 9th June was very impactful for me. As I talked with my friends, I could hear different perspectives about how they are thinking about this situations and how all of them are remaining positive and supporting around the world. The session also made me realise the significance of the values that UWCSEA holds and to what extend we are trying to implement them or have been able to meet them. The discussion was helpful for me as I was able to share my opinions and at the same time, hear others opinions as well. I hope taking advantage of the current situation, all of us are able to become a good peace-builder.

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Softball Reflection #2

LO #4. 

Everything was becoming harder to do it on regular basis or like normal days due to covid-19. Due to closure of school before the actual April break, we could not continue with our activities as well. However, I feel I have learned a lot through the trainings and mini-matches with Dover we had till then. One of the sessions that I loved the most was the morning training as I got to know more of theories and how to apply them, therefore I loved going on morning trainings though it has always been hard to wake up.  Then in the evening trainings, I would apply what I have learned in the morning sessions which had a very big impact on my attitude when ever I played softball. Maybe it’s because softball is a new sport for me and something that I have always wanted to try that I always feel curious of every little thing related to softball and would be always ready to learn something new everyday. I would also practise the posture of hitting the ball correctly at the boarding as I found this as one of my weaknesses.

Additionally, matches with the Dover were the best moments. I still remember that anxious feeling I felt when I entered the field. It was too hot which made me feel more uncomfortable but our team corporation was the best. Probably because we had good teamwork that we all cheered for each other and eventually I felt comfortable and confident. First game and we won against Dover. I was really happy because I contributed to my team and I strongly felt the significance of having teamwork. Thereafter,  I practised much harder and always aimed at improving my weaknesses at the same time trying to achieve my goals that I have set in the beginning of the sessions. Overall, I would say I loved all the sessions/trainings that I have been through and I hope to continue softball next year as well.

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Covid-19 #Stay Home activities

The covid-19 disrupted all the places around the world and affected lots of people. Since Singapore has also been affected by larger number of Covid-19 patients, all the schools and offices had to close to minimise the risk of wider spreading. therefore, since we couldn’t continue any sport activities, services or creativities, it has affected our reflections on CAS. However, I have been doing physical activities at home to keep myself healthy and try to maintain my physical training schedule as much as I can.

Recently, I have started doing yoga at home to enhance my body flexibility and strength. Before, I used to dislike yoga so much but since yoga is one of the best sports that we can do at home easily, I have developed some interest in doing it. Doing yoga in most of my free times at home has helped me to keep myself clam at the same time reflecting on my personal strengths and body stability. Since I do air rifle shooting, body stability and concentration is one of the key strengths in this field thus yoga is helping me to enhance my strengths. I think this can help me do better in air rifle shooting when I go back for regular training and also I am looking forward to learn more about yoga.

 

 

 

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Happily Divorced

Happily Divorced (episode 6) – Esther Perel

 

  1. Focus on a Central idea 

 

 Esther Perel uses these elements in her podcast really well as she shows clearly what she is trying to address to the audience both directly and indirectly through this podcast analysing the situation of the couple who thinks that they are actually divorced but they are not intellectually. 

21:00 “. You’re a LAT. You live apart, but you are together. You could say, “We are divorced,” or you could say, “We have a new marriage” 

3:30 “Confrontation. Even though I’m a litigator and I confront personally” one of the main reasons that led to their divorce and avoidance from the husband when the wife was trying to make the relationship stronger. 

In addition, through her divorce she didn’t want her son to experience the same thing that the she had to experience when her parents divorced when she was 10 years old. both of them wanted to put their son’s needs above their own “13:00 When we divorced, it was very important to me to make sure that our son was not dragged into the middle of it because our problems or our issues are ours and not his. I think it’s worked. Like I said, he’s a very good father.”

 

  1. Play to the audience 
  • Esther Perel knows her audience well and her analysis of the situation brings them together. On the other hand, her podcast also refers to most of the audiences in America who are also middle class and are around 30 -40 years old ’s situation and how to analyse them
  • 22:30 “Mexican-American, and we grew up Catholic. It has a particular effect when you use the word marriage.” 
  • In America only a quarter of the population believe that actual monogamy is not realistic but they also know that marriages can’t be warm and fuzzy all the time. On the other hand jealousy and poverty being one of the most real dampeners. This fact is also shown in the podcast of the couple as well. For example in “10:30 “He’s very concerned about wanting to be financially responsible” “27:00 First, you would’ve complained, “We can’t afford it,” when Esther mentioned that one of the reasons was him being jealous of her when she got talk with her mother while he did not as he mother passed away “39:00 The real thing was he was jealous
  1. Regular schedules
  • Esther Perel’s season 3 podcast starting with episode 1 (young love) which started in October 10 2019 , 2 (A small town affair in Oct 17 2019), 3 (The other women in Oct 24 2019), 4(The romantic revival in Oct 31st 2019), 5(Mom and Monique Nov 7 2019 ) and 6 (Happily divorced in Nov 14 2019 ) where all podcasts were scheduled to air on the Thursdays  of the week. 

 

  1. Show Structure
  • She starts the conversation by understanding their situation first so that she can analyse it as they talk “00:30 I always ask people why they choose to come and share their story with me. Particularly in this couple, I was intrigued.”
  • She then slowly moves into what was problematic and how it started; speaker 1 3:30 “That’s right, I’m avoidant.” “Confrontation. Even though I’m a litigator and I confront personally.” 
  • Esther Perel then tries to know about why they are like that which relate to their past, especially the wife as she says that she doesn’t want her son to experience the same thing that she had experienced before when her parents divorced and how it affected her. 12:30 “When we divorced, it was very important to me to make sure that our son was not dragged into the middle of it because our problems or our issues are ours and not his. “
  • as they talk about their past experiences and how it affected both of them, it even led to one of the reasons for why the husband was being confronted and ignorant most of the time with her. The reason was her mother “ How dare you talk to your mother every day when I can’t? Not just I can’t because my mother is dead, but even if I did, I would never know if I would have a good day or a bad day with my mom. How dare you have such a wonderful time” —> 38:00 “. I was so resentful of her mother, and the thought of going down there and being subsumed in all of that. She has this family. She has all of this. I just have the memories of a mom who was simultaneously really great, and sacrificed, and all of it but carrying around all of the other stuff.”
  • Towards the end of the conversation, Esther Perel makes a judgement about the couple (is typical of Esther Perel podcast) “48:30. I think these people finally have the relationship that they both would want.”

 

  1. authenticity
  • From my point of view, the couple’s situation and how Esther analyses their situation by asking them questions seems authentic as it is based on reasons and experiences from both the parties. If the opinions of the couples; while sharing their reasons for the divorce were not really related then I would say it is less authentic 

……..(not so sure)

 

Softball Reflection #1

LO # 2

Softball was one of the sports that I have always wanted to try but whenever I think of playing, I get worried of whether I will be able to do it or not. Nevertheless, finally I have decided to challenge myself to do softball for season 3.  Till now I have been to all 6 trainings and it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I did struggle with catching and throwing the ball accurately but I think I am improving. I also see myself engaging with other team members and I hope to learn more from them. Sometimes I find myself in poor position while hitting  the ball but I am looking forward to the rest of the trainings to improve my skills in hitting, pitching, catching and throwing the ball while on other hand, improving our team communication skills as well.

 

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2020 Goals for Softball

Softball Goals 

I have not tried softball before, thus, it is a new and challenging sport for me.

long and short term goals:

  1. Improve flexibility for the first base
  2. Get stronger and accurate in throwing the ball.
  3. Improving my hand – eye coordination
  4. Get stronger in hitting with appropriate skills.
  5. Learn new technical/tactical  and mental skills.
  6. Try for team A  and SEASAC next year – long term goal
  7. Attending all the training sessions and matches.
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Service Reflection #3

LO #6

Season 1 and season 2 were really interactive with our clients. It was most of our time that we spent interacting with them and learning from each other. Most of the time, we taught them how to play basketball and floorball and we have also played a few matches with them. Though the sessions were quite short, it was always worth spending time with them and doing healthy activities before everyone goes home. However, towards the end of season 2, the organisers decided to cancel their participation in the special olympics. The reason was mainly because the organisers thought that the games and other activities in the special olympics are going to be little challenging for the AMK Minds and they are not yet ready to face them.  Cancelling from participating in the special olympics did not stop us from playing sports with the AMK Minds. We still continued with our sessions of different activities. Last time, we played Netball together which was something new for me and it was really fun playing, at the same time learning something new and interesting from them. To keep all the clients of AMK Minds and our service members healthy, strong and interactive, the organisers and our service have decided to do various activities from now on and keep the spirit of engagement and interaction. 

Like the saying “sometimes bad things have to happen before good things can” – Becca Fitzpatrick , due to the outbreak of coronavirus which started to spread globally during the Chinese New Year, all the outdoor school activities and events were canceled to minimise the risk for both the parties. Therefore, we can no longer go to meet our clients at  AMK Minds which is very sad. However, our service is coming up with different ideas, plans and ways to improve our strategies when we see them in August (or on season 3 and 4). Thus, we have even come up with our SWOT analysis to point out our specific strengths and other ways to improve our weaknesses and how to tackle our threats. Furthermore, I am actually looking forward to our upcoming meetings at school where we get to plan all the activities that we will be doing when we meet them as this is one of the best opportunities that we can get.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Essay Outline

External factors → change religion → changing culture → affects identity 

Concept: culture (change in the culture directly affects change in the identity)

Line of Inquiry: How does Marjane Satrapi show the change in culture in Persepolis? 

Thesis

  1. Religious and governmental power affecting culture 
  2. Change in Society values and beliefs affecting culture 
  3. Change in person itself both internally and externally due to different factors 

 

Topic sentence A: people were forced to wear the veil in their daily lives after the Islamic revolution started which completely changed their lives (culture and religion) and their identity in the society. 

Support A1: Marjane’s real self (with veil)  and her ideal self (without the veil) 

Support A2: marjane as a child used to believe in god and is really religious unlike her parents. This is important to marjane herself as it shows the understanding of herself. However, when she was around 10, the Islamic revolution started → private religion vs organized religion 

Support A3: Abandoning her faith → she was deeply immersed into the war

Mini-conclusion – different external factors can change one’s culture and identity easily with power 

 

Topic Sentence B: People around Marjane; especially herself, was influenced by the people around them who had different beliefs, values, lifestyle and cultural background 

Support B1:  taking away freedom, individual rights, justice and safety in society 

Support B2:changing her identity after she was exposed to different cultures in her surrounding → Austria 

Support B3:   women were mostly looked down upon by the fundamentalists. If they didn’t wear their veil, they were told that they would be sexually assaulted. 

 

 

Topic Sentence C: Mental struggle due to sudden change in cultural environment and feeling unconnected 

Support C1: torn between the modern part of herself and her religious part of herself 

Support  C2: accepting her culture and nationality but had to follow the organized culture at the end

Support  C3:  inner conflict; because she was influenced by various western cultural backgrounds, it made her incompatible with society constrained by Islamic traditions and consequently led to her.

 

Conclusion:

Restated thesis: change in political control and religion, change in society values leads to change in personalities and identities of individuals. 

Insight :  One’s culture is created by external factors due to power dynamics  which affects internal personalities and beliefs in their own culture. It depends on the type of people that we are surrounded by and exposure to different cultural backgrounds.