Garden International School student, Ee Jenn first heard about the World Scholar’s Cup (WSC) two years ago. She participated in the regional level but she didn’t make it to the global level. However, she was determined to succeed. This year, she gathered a team of friends and made a second attempt. This time, she took home 14 gold medals and one silver medal.
“Because of the World Scholar’s Cup, I’ve become more driven, more motivated. I’ve learnt that collaboration is not just leadership, it is being a team player and accepting compromise, even if it’s not what you wanted in the first place. It’s taught me to respect each other’s views, to be resilient and to realise the importance of team spirit. Throughout all the disappointments and all the triumphs, we have cried and laughed together and strengthened the bonds of our friendship. It’s been a phenomenal run, and WSC has truly made me a better friend, teammate, and person,” she says.
Tell us about your passion.
Debating is one of my passions. It’s fun to challenge yourself to try and come up with new ideas and arguments, and I actually really enjoy public speaking and expressing myself. The quick thinking and communicating your ideas also helps develop critical thinking, which is useful for the future.
What do you aspire to be when you grow up?
I’m not sure yet but I want to work in the environment and sustainability, or law and public policy, but I know that I want to do something with a positive impact.
Share with us your biggest/proudest achievement in life so far.
Probably this, getting 5th overall out of thousands of people in the Tournament of Champions round of World Scholar’s Cup, held at Yale. All my studying really paid off, and I’m also really proud of my 3rd place in writing.
What makes you happy?
Spending time with people I love and achieving my goals, be it big or small.
What does GIS offer to bring out the best in you?
There are many different and diverse extra-curricular activities on offer such as CCAs and sports, as well as many leadership roles, so you can choose to have an active role in something you’re interested in, like arts or sports. There’s something for everyone, and because of these programmes, I can participate in basketball, touch rugby, Reach Out and be a Green leader.
What is the best part of studying in GIS?
A lot of things that you learn are useful for the future, like Enterprise and having to raise money and get sponsorships in Design and Technology. I think it’s great that we gain a lot of life skills and it’s also fun!
Describe GIS in three words.
Motivating, challenging, engaging.
Complete the sentence: I love GIS because…
It pushes me to be the best I can be.