As the sessions were conducted, we were introduced to more interesting facts about the Alumni Foundation and how they have been keeping up with their activities every year while still connecting with many other alumnus. For instance, I found it very fun and unique when we took photos of how we would look like or where we see ourselves in 10 years from now. At first, I didn’t get why we were taking photo right now for something that we would take only after 10 years but I came to realise that it was for our reunion, our memories and featuring our diverse cultural backgrounds which made me feel fascinated.
Career week was another activity that I found it very fun and engaging. Even though we had career week last year in grade 11, a lot of things and my plan for what I want to study in college have changed so at that time and this time I was exploring my new interests in the area of Aerospace engineering. Since I recently found out about my interest in Aerospace engineering, I was hoping to get to talk with other people who have studied Aerospace engineering or who had the similar interest as mine. Fortunately, career week was around and when we were given the opportunity to choose our own interest of area to go as a Grade 12 student facilitator, I took advantage of it and was able to attend/facilitate two Alumni sessions in the area of Aerospace engineering. I have learned skills in taking lead as the facilitator even though I was very nervous but at the same time, because of my interests in wanting to get to know more about Aerospace engineering along with other grade 10s and 11s, my nervousness turned into excitement. I am very thankful for giving us this opportunity to get to know and connect with our East Alumni and helping on our way to college life. I look forward to learn and engage in more activities in the future sessions.
Being able to continue softball after all the challenges we had to face in 2019 was the best thing. Due to restrictions, I thought we won’t be able to play any of the sports I like but I was very happy to join softball again. Even though we didn’t get to train and the play a lot last year, I was at least able to develop my skills and performance as beginner which developed my interest in wanting to learn more this year.
During the first two sessions (2020), in just short period of time, I have started to improve my weak skills which were mainly the batting and body posture while still maintaining high stability in the lower body part after batting. I have come to realise my weaknesses which hindered my performance in softball in the second session when we practised developing skills on batting. While there are still many areas where I really need practise to improve my performance, the session on batting skills have given me motivation and passion to learn, develop and improve my skills and performance in the future. I look forward to upcoming training and practise sessions.
Taking part in the Student Alumni and Foundation Council is a new activity and experience for me. Without any hesitations, I joined the activity because I was very curious about how UWCSEA alumni were still able to connect to the school after they have graduated 10 or 15 years ago. I know UWC is a very diverse and international school and thought once we graduate from our high school, we won’t be able to connect to our friends and school properly as we all go on our own path after grade 12. Thus to explore, answer my curiosity and get ideas of how the school finds and connect with their alumni and in the hope to become one of them, I joined the activity.
The first few sessions were very exciting for me. Especially when we talked about how they always bring UWCSEA alumni from both East and Dover together after 10 years and how they celebrate together while also talking about their contributions (giving back to the school) to the school. Additionally, looking back at their alumni gathering photos and talking about how we can also bring the memorable photos of class of 2021, hyped my excitement. I look forward to more sessions where I can learn how to build and contribute to strong alumni network of UWCSEA and also build skills in different areas such as event management, presentations, creativity skills and most importantly building team work.
As I attended pottery lessons every Monday, I have come to realise my first impression and expectations of what pottery could have meant. Before I joined pottery, I thought pottery just meant making pots and vessels, thus it did not interest me that much even though I wanted to try it. However, after joining the lessons, although it was only once a week, I have learnt a lot. Pottery is a decorative art where objects can be made of clay, paint on top of it to add aesthetics and hardened with heat. These processes were very fun and exciting for me since it was a new exploration and I have discovered my skills and abilities in Pottery which I want to continue to develop in the future through getting more experience in this field. I remember the last time I took a handful of clay and started making random objects which I found creative and thus has driven my interest in pottery more. However, I struggled choosing the right kind of colour for my objects as there are hundreds of colours in the Art class with various names and I did not know how these various colours would turn out after heating it. Therefore, in the remaining classes of pottery, I hope to explore the different colours which I think would mostly suit the object while also understanding what kind of colour it is and how it will turn out at the end.
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.