Name: Sebastien Chua
Roles/positions in school:
Student leader in the house strand (previously a student leader in the action strand and the digital strand), youngest USG in GIS history for KLMUN and longtime member of the school’s MUN community.
Tell us about your favourite activity/project at GIS.
I have had many activities/projects that I have enjoyed immensely over my many years in GIS and choosing a single favourite is simply impossible. Therefore, I will give a few of my favourite activities/projects.
MUN has always been a great passion of my since Year 6. Initially, I was drawn to the activity because of the numerous trips. However, as I learnt more about MUN I realised it was an activity I would love immensely. What I love about MUN is how it gives a platform for me to express my thoughts about the world, and also practice my speaking skills. It has also really helped to broaden my view of the world and sharpen my skills in writing. Chess is of course another great passion of mine and I love the game because of the intellectual struggle it provides. Student leadership is another activity at school which I really like, as it allows me to make changes to the school and help voice the opinions of my classmates and friends.
What do you aspire to be when you grow up and why?
Honestly, I’m not entirely sure and I think it’s too early to say given that many careers could disappear by the time I start work. I do know I want to pursue a career with a big and lasting impact on society. I plan on likely getting involved in a career with a link to science or a career in finance.
How does GIS bring out the best in you?
It brings out the best in me and students in general, most notably through the diversity of the school which shows itself through many different facets. The vast scope of extracurricular activities is simply amazing and there is something for everyone. The number of different countries which students come from is incredible and ensures students are brought up with an ability to see the perspectives of others. The use of technology in class allows students to learn more efficiently and teaches digital literacy from an early age. The quality of the facilities is world class and is simply on another level compared to most other international schools in Malaysia.
What is the best part of studying at GIS?
It is hard to choose the best part of studying at GIS because almost everything about GIS is great. If I had to choose, I think the number of IGCSE options is the best part of studying at GIS. With such a large number of different options, the school truly allows for students to pursue their dreams.
Share with us some of your proud achievements in life so far.
Winning the recent GIS International Schools Chess Championship U17, coming 5th in the Sunway Invitational Quiz Bowl tournament, becoming the youngest secretariat member in GIS history, placing in the top 10 in the 2017 National Youth and Junior U20 Chess Championships Under 14 category, coming 1st in the 2017 Secondary Maths FOBISIA, winning numerous chess tournaments, being a student leader for four years in a row, representing GIS in Novel Knockout when I was in Year 5 and Year 6 and raising RM2,356 for a Rohingya school when I was in Year 6. I am proud of all of these achievements because they were all the product of tons of hard work and careful planning. I am especially proud of the fundraising because it really made a difference for some of the most underprivileged members of society.
Complete the sentence: I wish… I could live forever.
Describe GIS in 3 words.
Competitive, excellent and diverse.