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Shreela Srirangam, Year 12 student – Garden International School Spotlight | GIS Blog

Garden International School student spotlight Shreela Srirangam

Garden International School student spotlight Shreela Srirangam

Nationality: Indian
Roles/positions in school: Director of Mentoring Strand, GIS Scholarship Recipient

What is your happy space?
My happy space is anywhere I can laugh and have fun with the people or things around me. I wouldn’t limit it to any tangible aspects as it’s not defined by physical boundaries, but rather, it’s determined by how I feel and how I can make others around me feel happy and joyful.

What do you aspire to be when you grow up and why?
To be honest, I’m still not sure what I want to be exactly, but I know I want to pursue a career in the liberal arts (possibly a joint course of Law and Philosophy/Psychology). I believe what I accomplish is more important that what I am. What I do know is that I want to help others in whatever way I can. I believe knowledge deserves to be passed on in whatever form, so if that means teaching others, or using what I’ve learnt to help them or simply coaching them, then that’s who I aspire to be. I aspire to be someone who others can come to for help, someone who others can look up to, but most importantly, I aspire to be content and happy with who I am no matter what I choose.

Tell us about your favourite activity/project at GIS.
My favourite activity at GIS would have to be the Duke of Edinburgh Award. I believe the experiences involved in the award are priceless: whether it’s the hours of community service put in or looking at an expansive view of Cameron Highlands from 6600 feet above ground level, everything is completely worth it. Bonding with my team through ‘cooking’ (be it even a tortilla wrap with Nando’s sauce), camping in the wilderness and singing around bonfires are definitely memories I will look back on even after my time at GIS.

What is the best part of studying at GIS?
The best part of studying at GIS would definitely be the focused and enriching environment provided to us. The teachers are always willing to help and they care about your learning just as much as you do; thanks to this I’m able to constantly fill the gaps in my learning. On top of this, the facilities and resources we have are amazing, our library has every book (even ebooks!) you could imagine and provides study spaces. Additionally, in Sixth Form, we also have the common room to go and study at our individual desks or even play a game of table tennis.

As a director of strand, how do you see yourself leading your team?
I see myself leading my team through walking alongside them rather than in front of them. My team and I are a joint unit and everyone’s ideas are equally valued and respected. My role as director would be to simply voice these ideas and help develop them and make them a reality. I want to help my team grow and set a good example myself through my actions and words.

Share with us some of your proud achievements in life so far.
My proudest achievement so far would be achieving the position of the Business Development Director for the KL 24 Hour Race 2017. Being chosen as one of the five directors (out of 130 applicants) after extensive interviews with Christopher Schrader, the founder of the movement, was truly humbling. The cause of the organisation is abolishing modern day slavery and through having such an active role for the race, I really feel as though I’m actively making a difference to stop human trafficking.

Complete the sentence: I wish… that more hearts were open, more dreams were fulfilled and more limits were defied.

Life motto: “Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” —Theodore Roosevelt

 

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