Ian (Malaysian, 15) , Jiang Rong (Singaporean, 15) and Alex (Malaysian, 15) took part in this year’s World Scholar’s Cup which was held from November 9th – 14th at Yale University.
What is the best part of being in your team?
Alex: The best part of being in a team is the many experiences that we come across and how we are able to use each other’s strengths to cover each other’s weaknesses.
Ian: I feel we have very good chemistry and we work well together. We are also really good friends so it makes it very enjoyable.
Jiang Rong: Strong team chemistry and camaraderie. Each member has his own individual strength which complements each other.
Complete the sentence: Teamwork is…
Alex: the trust and belief that we are able to complete the task together.
Ian: about putting our minds and competencies together to achieve a common goal. It is also drawing on each other’s strengths and compensating where we can for each other’s weaknesses.
Jiang Rong: working together cohesively with mutual support and trust, towards a common goal. Each other’s strengths is valued and we support each other to combine individual strengths to enhance our team performance.
What have you learnt from the World Scholar’s Cup?
Alex: What I have learnt is that there is no set amount of preparation you can have as unexpected questions or topics,which we haven’t covered, has popped up in the Multiple Choice Question paper in World Scholar’s Cup. I have also learnt that trust in your teammates plays an important role in the morale of the team. For example, whilst studying for the programme, we dedicated 2 topics to each team member and believed that they would answer correctly and with accuracy in the Clicker round, perhaps leading to our overall success in the competition.
Ian: I have learnt a deeper appreciation for subjects such as art, music and literature. I have also learnt new and innovative study and memorisation techniques. I have vastly improved my debating skills especially in the area of substantiating and delivering my arguments effectively.
Jiang Rong: By competing in the World Scholar’s Cup, we developed critical thinking skills and improved our public speaking presentation techniques by learning from the very best scholars. We were privileged to be able to exchange different perspectives on a wide range of engaging topics with Scholars from different countries. We learned to work cohesively in a team and managed our time effectively. Each of our team member stepped out of our comfort zones and challenged ourselves in fields that we were unfamiliar with. We learned to be fearless in order to succeed. Being one of the youngest participants in the Senior Division, I realised that age was just a number. I was motivated to succeed and was fortunate to be ranked 2nd in Individual Debating nationally out of 600 participants in the Regional Round.
What does GIS offer to bring out the best in you?
Alex: For the last 13 years I have been in G.I.S, it has never once failed to provide me with an environment where I could discover my strengths and weaknesses through the teachers, students and community as a whole.
Jiang Rong: Resilience, opportunity to overcome personal challenges, and independence.
Describe GIS in three words.
Alex: Inspirational, Amazing, Home.
Jiang Rong: Challenging, Interactive, Diverse.