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Month: October 2018

GCD Area of Expertise: Leadership

I have been playing YIS Varsity Tennis since 9th grade. Until last year (11th grade), thanks to captains I did not necessarily took leadership, but rather specifically focus on my tennis performance. Moreover, after my match I used to just relax and doing personal things, while I did not often go watch my teammates play or cheer them.

However, now that I became co-captain this year, this changed. This is the first time I ever take leadership in any kind, so I was very nervous whether I can lead the team, but at the same I wanted to try myself as well. As a captain of the team, not only I need to focus on myself, but also the whole team. I would need to look after my teammates (communication, during practices), cheer them, give them advices (tennis skills, mindset, points about opposing player if I have seen him before) support them based on my 4 years of tennis experiences.

Based on what captains were doing in the past 3 years, I did not find it as difficult as I was thinking all I need to do was to just communicate well, and support my teammates. However, being captain turned out to be very difficult on the first match of the year against St Mary’s in September 1, 2018.

After the loss of my match, I was thinking about what went wrong, and what I need to improve. I was also eating lunch, and doing my personal things. However while I was doing it time passed very quickly, and I was not able to watch teammates play and cheer them. Some of my teammates also lost, so I regretted that if I cheered them then maybe they might have won.

This experience taught me the importance and difficulty of being a captain, especially in terms of sacrificing myself a bit to help the team by encouraging my teammates and so forth. My first experience as a captain definitely helped myself on the next match against CAJ on September 28, when YIS beat CAJ by 4-1. I personally won the match as well, and after the match  I was able to watch teammates play, cheer them, and give advices which I was not able to do on the last game against St. Mary’s, although this is one of the key roles that captain should play. From this match, I further learnt the importance of not only caring about myself but also everyone in the team, by leading, cheering and giving advice, which would guide to success as a player but also a team.

After the October break, we will be having our final tournament, Kanto Tournament, which would be the last match for me to play for YIS. As a compilation of what I’ve done as part of Varsity Tennis, I am looking forward to perform at my best, but at the same time have leadership as the captain.

Me playing against CAJ on September 28 2018.

GCD Core Value: Global Understanding

I have been attending to Modern United Nations club since 11th grade. As I kept on attending to the meetings I found myself being fascinated and interested about how countries have different opinions of solutions towards certain global issue, based on their cultural and religious background, international relations and their financial power. Debating with other countries with different viewpoints allows me to understand global issues being debated recently, and obtain multiple perspectives towards them, which helps me to be more open minded an unbiased.

My first MUN conference was the K MUN in November 2017. It was about whether countries should possess nuclear weapons for their self protections. As a perspective from delegation of Serbia (me), we made a resolution saying that they should not be possessed as consequences of bombing is catastrophic (not only to human beings, but also to the environment)and based on Serbia’s experiences of being bombed a depleted uranium bomb during Kosovo war. On the other hand, some other countries, mainly HICs said that they should be able to possess as nuclear weapons can function as nuclear deterrence, and can also be used as nuclear power plant, although it may cause a severe consequence on environment. Participating in this debate allowed me to understand about global debate regarding nuclear bomb, and how countries have different opinions, for example HICs tend to support possession of nuclear power plant, while LICs tend to condemn possession due to ethical and environmental factors, allowing me to understand 2 conflicting opinions.

The second MUN conference I attended was the K MUN in November 2018. The debating question was “The political and economic impact on those countries accepting asylum seekers and victims of forced migration.”. Since it was second conference I was able to confidently state out points of informations and gave suggestions when forming resolutions. I was the delegate of Bulgaria, and Bulgaria was against refugees as Bulgaria could not afford to save refugees. However, this reason did not apply to all the anti-Refugee countries, and several HICs were part of this resolution, unlike the conference in 2017. For example, Singapore was against refugees, due to its small area. Some countries were against refugees as ruling government party was right wing. Moreover, majority of countries in this resolution feared that refugees might lead to increasing unemployment for citizens, increase in crime rate, and terrorism. On the other hand, reasons for pro-refugee included human rights, and demographics, which was very common in countries with ageing population. Not only HICs were pro-refugees, but also LICs as well. This was different from issues regarding nuclear power plant, where more HICs tend to support possession of nuclear weapon while LICs condemned. Being part of this conference allowed me to understand one of the biggest world issues of refugees, and how there are variety of reasons why countries are for/against refugees, including financial power, government policy, demographics, human rights, and fear towards unemployment, crime rate, and terrorism.

Overall, being in MUN did not only help me understand Global Issues that are highly debated around the world. But, attending to conferences and debating also helped me to look at these issues from multiple perspectives, which allowed me to become open minded. Moreover, speaking in front of many people (during position paper and point of informations) allowed me to be more active speaker, while I used to be nervous of speaking in public.

 

Resolution made during KMUN conference in November 2017. Contributed to this as delegation of Serbia.

 

Resolution made during K MUN in November 2018. Contributed as delegate of Bulgaria.

GCD Core Value: Intercultural Communication

I speak Japanese, English fluently and also a bit of French. I couldn’t imagine using 3 languages in my daily life before I learn them, and I feel proud of being able to speak multiple languages.

I have been learning and using Japanese since I was born as both of my parents are Japanese. I have not had any trouble with learning Japanese as I use it everyday. One thing that caught my attention is that Japanese has a lot of letters (hiragana, kanji, katakana) compared to English. Japanese also has a lot of registers (formal, informal, colloquial etc) which I got to learn about how there were hierarchies in Japan. Taking native level Japanese class in MYP and HL Japanese Lang&Lit in DP allowed me to learn change in Japanese language and characteristics of Japanese through analyzing literatures and advertisements.

I started learning English when I first moved to New Zealand in 2012. In the beginning, I did not understand any English at all, but surprisingly I was able to learn English quickly, thanks to my effort and EAL teachers, enough to allow myself to communicate with friends and teachers. Through learning English I found out that there are not as many registers in English compared to Japanese, which was interesting for me as Japanese has a lot, compared to English. Taking English classes allowed me to learn the history of English(how it changed, by reading Shakespeare etc), and how writers change the use of language to express their feelings which were interesting for me.

I started learning French when I moved to Switzerland in 2013. I didn’t only learn French due to class, but also because not many people at the tennis club (I play tennis so I often went there) spoke English but only French. By studying it at school and on my own I started being able to talk with people at tennis club to a good extent in 2 months, allowing me to make more friends. I found out that French also has complicated registers like Japanese, which I found it very interesting as English, language spoken in neighbouring country, doesn’t have while French does. Learning French during MYP allowed me to speak in a more sophisticated way and understand the French cultures by reading French books and watching French movies. Since I take Japanese as 2nd language in DP I have not been taking French class for more than year, but I have been, and will thrive to maintain my French skills by listening to French (interviews, speeches, music etc), reading French (articles, books) and watching French (movies).

Being able to speak multiple languages have full of advantages. I can allow myself to interact with people from different countries, which will help me to learn about new cultures and have wide perspectives, accept differences and being open-minded. I can also share Japanese cultures with people from different background. Attending to International School is a perfect place to do them, as there are a lot of opportunities for all of us to express our ideas and thoughts, which some of them are very helpful in understanding cultures. Moreover, I can get more sources of information in different languages. For example, when searching for my Japanese Extended Essay I collected informations from both English and Japanese sources which allowed me to deepen and strengthen my arguments.

I strongly believe that multilingualism allows you to interact with various cultures and people from different cultures, and more importantly, understand and accept each other’s difference, and this is crucial in being involved in the global community and intercultural communication.

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