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Ashley Low, Year 12 student – Garden International School Malaysia Blog | Spotlight

Garden International School blog student leader director of arts strand Ashley Low

Garden International School blog student leader director of arts strand Ashley Low

Name: Ashley Low Li Mae
Nationality: Malaysian
Roles/positions in school: Arts Strand Director (Student Leader), Dragons Netball

What is your happy space?
My happy space would probably be when I’m playing netball. Netball is my favourite sport and I always feel so refreshed after a good training session. As cliché as it sounds, I also cherish spending time with the people I love. I always find myself trying to balance between family time and study time on the weekends.

What do you aspire to be when you grow up and why?
To be completely honest, I am still unsure of what I would like to pursue in the future. However, I am leaning towards clinical psychology. I have always been intrigued by the way different people perceive and react to varying situations because it can reveal a lot about a person’s character. I find it easy to empathise and relate to other people’s feelings and I would therefore like to use this to try and better the lives of others. As I’ve always wanted a career that would help people and their families in situations concerning mental health, I think clinical psychology is a career that closely pertains to that ambition.

Tell us about your favourite activity/project at GIS.
This year, I decided to take part in the Gold International Award and I truly believe that it has changed my life for the better. Being taken out of your comfort zone and thrown into situations where you’ll push yourself really changes your perspective on a lot of things. I have developed so much perseverance and patience through this, as well as life-long survival skills. It has also allowed me to notice and realise how much we take the ease of our lives for granted, therefore I’m grateful that IA has helped me become more appreciative of these basic life necessities. Needless to say, participating in IA has also given me the chance to make new friends and unforgettable memories along the way.

What is the best part of studying at GIS?
The community. The teachers and students in GIS are extremely supportive. Despite only being a part of GIS for less than a year, I can wholeheartedly say the community has welcomed me with open arms since day one. Furthermore, my teachers are also very passionate and knowledgeable about their subjects and that makes learning more interesting and engaging for me. The teachers in GIS sincerely value their students’ well-being as they are always willing to provide extra help and guidance outside the classroom to optimise our learning experience which, as a student, allows me to feel supported and encouraged within the subjects I have picked for my A Levels.

As a strand director, how do you see yourself leading your team?
I strongly believe that leadership is an action, not a position. In essence, I always wanted to be a figure that my strand members could easily approach. Communication is key when it comes to teamwork and I genuinely value the views and opinions of all the members in my strand. I really think we have come a long way since term one with regard to how we have learnt to work together and I am awfully thankful to be a part of the arts strand.

Share with us some of your proud achievements in life so far.
I think my proudest achievement so far would be receiving the “Deputy Head Pastoral Award” at my graduation ceremony after completing my IGCSEs. It was also incredibly humbling to have been a scholarship recipient at the previous institution I was studying at, as well as being given the lead role of “Cinderella” for my last school production.

Describe GIS in three words.
Competitive, motivating, fun.

I wish… for happiness and safety to everyone around me.

Life motto: Do what is right, not what is easy.

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