My name is Joel Phoon, and I recently completed my GCE ‘O’ Levels in Hua Yi Secondary School and enrolled in the Business Information Technology Diploma course in Ngee Ann Polytechnic. From the course choice, you should be able to tell that I’m an avid techie. Some things I like to do in my spare time include keeping up with the latest tech buzz, spending time with family (which usually consists of eating), doing some strength training and of course, like everyone else, catching up on some sleep.
Family has always been one of my biggest pillars of support regardless of whatever situation I’ve been through. To me, family will always be number one in my heart. To me family is not just limited to only those who share the same blood and surname. It includes my closest friends, people who I’ve shared many valuable experiences with and truly care for. I’ll definitely miss my family here in Singapore when I leave for Mostar. However, I’m highly positive I’ll find only more family there!
Many of my friends and relatives have asked me, ‘Why’d you choose UWC? You have a comfortable life and enough education opportunities here in Singapore!’ And to that, my answer is simple. Exposure. Many of us Singaporeans hate to admit it, but we’re a very sheltered country. I jumped at the opportunity to become a UWC Scholar when I first heard about the sign ups from my older brother because as I read more
about the UWC Movement and the IB Diploma program, I realized it was all I ever wanted and more (well except for being away from my family).
Becoming a UWC Scholar meant that I would be able to open my eyes to what the world has to offer, grow and mature into an adult that would someday contribute to Singapore and the world as a whole. In addition, living and learning in an environment consisting of people of vastly different socio-economic backgrounds would help me better understand and learn about different cultures. Studying to obtain the IB Diploma certainly isn’t the easiest thing especially away from home. But where is the satisfaction in succeeding when you have overcome nothing on your journey?
I’m certainly excited for my journey at UWC Mostar to begin. The things I’m excited about are too many to count… But I shall try to list a few! Firstly, I think I’m excited for the Ab Initio because I’ll be learning an extra language which could be useful to me in future like allowing me to communicate and connect with more like-minded people in their local language! I’m also very excited to meet my roommates and co-years, and start sharing some valuable experiences with them! Last but definitely not the least, to finally start my journey with the UWC family officially.