1. How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?
I got to learn that I am capable of shifting someone’s mood. My actions and behavior can lift Others’ spirit. I was a mentor of a grade 6 boy in our school for a year. Meeting Ryan once a week, I have been his emotional counselor, giving him advice and encouraging him whenever he was struggling with something or feeling down. Once he told me he was overwhelmed with the PYP exhibition. I shared my experience at the MYP exhibition and comforted him. At first, Ryan would not expose his inner struggles that quickly; extracting his emotions was pretty tough. Through sharing our week and feelings, we formed a strong bond.
2. How did you undertake challenges that developed new skills?
As a member of UNICEF, I contribute to the club by attending a meeting every once a week, planning events, and promoting the club through social media. I once participated in a grade 4 simulation by leading the event. I explained the processes to the grade 4 kids and continuously communicated with the other members to successfully finish the simulation. Well aware of the purpose of this simulation, to raise awareness of poverty among the young spirits, I taught the grade 4 kids with all my effort. This participation was a challenge because it was my first time to lead a large group of people. I developed leadership and collaboration skills.
3. How did you discuss, evaluate, and plan student-initiated activities?
As a member of both UNICEF and READING TREE, I contributed by attending each club’s meeting once a week, talking through, planning, and promoting events. All the events of both clubs are student-initiated activities, 100% planned and executed by us. The events were to raise fund for donation to nonprofit organizations.
4. How did you persevere in action?
As a mentor of Ryan, I persevered in action by never missing a meeting with him, except for one incidence where I had to leave the school because of a headache. I knew that if I canceled the meetup, he would find nowhere else to talk through what he was feeling. Thus, even when important tests and assignments were coming up for me, I always spared one and a half hour of Thursday after school to see him.
5. How did you work collaboratively with others?
Our reading tree community arranged the annual CDNIS bid in April. I worked collaboratively with my fellow members to run a productive fundraising event. In addition to planning and promoting, I recruited teachers to participate.
6. How did you develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism, and intercultural understanding?
From the trip to Taiwan during experience week, I gained first-hand experience of the different culture. Through the unfamiliar and unexpected activities, I became a more open-minded person and learned how to embrace differences of cultures.
7. How did you consider the ethical implications of your actions?
I considered the ethical implications of my actions during services. Thinking of others, I did not say or act in a way that could offend anyone. Thinking of the environment, I didn’t litter on the ground or road; I collected my trash and threw it away in the appropriate recycling bin or when there wasn’t a garbage bin nearby, I would carry around the trash until I saw one.