Confucius once said, “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” and I believe that this quote embodies my story. Over time, the dedication and determination in contributing to the community have been instrumental in my success today. Since Year 8, I have been involved in the student council which has helped me shaped my views on school life through listening to others opinions and contributing my own at times. Being raised in a culture where our voices were taught to be suppressed rather than raised, I’m grateful that the student council is a platform where students can express their views confidently without restrictions. I believed this then as a Year 8 student and I believe this now as a Head Student.
Before being appointed Head Student, I was first a prefect tasked with running the pastoral mentoring system. I was able to then work with incredibly talented Year 10s with the belief that through this system, we can strengthen the bond between the younger and older year groups. Despite difference being only tangible through time, I have faith that this will be our legacy no matter how long it takes us as long as our final goal is achieved. I also understand that academics are undoubtedly important, but our co-curricular activities play a huge role in shaping who we are throughout the years; being part of Model United Nations (MUN) since Year 8, I’ve had the pleasure of participating in conferences as a delegate, as a chair and as part of the leadership team. Through my years of MUN, it has changed my views of the world as it has provided me with the opportunities to participate in challenging issues that incorporates the BIS values such as perseverance, cooperation and being a global citizen. I have faith that this will also be the case for future generations of MUNers to come.
Over the years, there has been no defining moment that instantaneously made me the person I am today, it’s an accumulation of tenacity, diligence, and most importantly, the support of my classmates - for that I’m incredibly thankful.
As a home-grown BIS student from Fundino all the way through IB, serving as head student is a small way of giving back to the community that has helped nurture me into the person I am today. Although my height may be intimidating to some, I am a very approachable person with a ready smile and a cornucopia of puns for anyone. I have a passion for playing the violin and piano, a heart for swimming and basketball and a knack for mathematics and science. BIS offers a wide range of opportunities, and I hope to be able to inspire and help my fellow students to participate in these in order to enhance the vibrant and engaged learning environment at BIS. As head student, I look forward to working with my peers in the student council and prefect team to put into action ideas that will improve student well-being at BIS.
Throughout my 14 years at BIS, I have learnt that the key to success is passion and commitment. Be it the simplest activity or the most sophisticated pursuit, it is what drives you to pursue different things and motivates you to remain resilient in the face of adversity. Not only does it create long-lasting relationships with others in which you can share your common interests, having a passion helps you find yourself and your place in this world. Passion sparks enthusiasm whilst commitment generates the strength to endure difficulty. When combined, both qualities have driven me to achieve success and aspire to purposes greater than myself. I began Model United Nations in Year 9 where I developed my passion for public affairs, sustainable development, and human rights. Certain opportunities, including being the 2018 BIS Ambassador to the United Nations and Vice President of MUN, have allowed me to reinforce my own interests in these areas whilst also being able to work with younger students to help them find their own. During my final years at BIS, I hope to support this enthusiasm in students by establishing a stronger sense of community and expanding opportunities to cater to the needs of the student body.
Since I was young, I have lived in various countries around the world and as a result I have had to start anew at many different schools which has had a significant impact on shaping who I am today. Through frequently moving schools and countries, I have not only learnt to quickly adapt to new environments but it has also made me slightly introverted. Perhaps it was the sense of nervous excitement at a new school that prompted me to sign up for Model United Nations. At first it was very intimidating; however, I slowly formed a genuine interest in the topics and started to enjoy the weekly debates. After 2 years of joining MUN, I became the President of MUN and I believe that this was only possible due to my passion and dedication to the club. I strive to be enthusiastic about any situation I am in or whatever task I am given, even outside of MUN because I believe that if you are committed to something, all your hard work and effort will be acknowledged eventually, even if it takes a bit of time. However, I think that the greatest reason why I was able to achieve this position as head girl in just a few years of joining BIS is because of the people I am surrounded by. The people who I have befriended here at BIS not only push me to be my best but also pull me through challenging times and have greatly impacted my growth as an individual. Along with Cedric, Christine and Vy, as the next head students I hope to further provide opportunities to acknowledge and appreciate students for the achievements and contributions to BIS.