Hi, I’m Max! I’ll be heading to Pearson College this coming August, and to say the least, I’m beyond excited.
I’d like to think of myself as an optimist who believes action speaks louder than words, and for 2 years now, I’ve been taking part in a community project working with the organisation Habitat for Humanity. We help out the disadvantaged elderly living in one-room rental HDB flats, helping them paint, de-clutter and fumigate their homes. At the same time, we get to hear from the elderly residents about the daily struggles they face in their lives. Something that used to surprise me, and continues to amaze me, is that despite the fact these elderly residents do not have a lot, some of them even scraping by whatever food vouchers they have remaining, they maintain such positive outlooks on life, and are appreciative for all they have. That struck a deep chord with me, and with every Homeworks session I attend, I reaffirm my belief that there is so much in this world to be grateful for.
Also a self-described adventure junkie, I love taking on challenges, big and small. A particular passion of mine that’s become a big part of my life over the last few years is Judo, a martial art and sport. Simply being on the mats, it's an incredible feeling. Grappling with your training partner, fighting for any slight grip advantage you can get, then that inevitable split-second when either you or your partner is airborne, and then CRASH, you land flat on your back. You shake it off, get back up, and it all starts again. I love it. Going simply beyond the thrill of the sport, Judo has also imparted and strengthened my values of respect, resilience and courage first-hand. In one form or another, Judo has made me who I am today, someone who welcomes whatever obstacle coming my way.
I first learnt about UWC through the Instagram account of a senior that attended one of the colleges, and I just remember thinking, “hmm, this looks cool.” In hindsight, not the most sophisticated reason to be drawn to a school. After weeks of hesitation, I finally plucked up the courage to ask my senior over DM what UWC was, and how her experience had been so far. It was not the answer I was expecting, and in the end I found myself intrigued by the unique identities of the different Colleges, and genuinely inspired by Kurt Hahn’s vision for education. That was when I made the decision to sign up for the UWC scholarship, and (wow) I can’t believe where I am headed now.
I know it is going to be a wild, wild ride, and I’m not sure what exactly to expect, but all I know is I am going to take it one day at a time and make the most out of my UWC experience.