My name is Wong Lu Yii. I was asked to describe who I am, but I don’t think that I’ll ever be able to capture who I am truly or fully. The reason is simple. Even I don’t know who I am exactly to this day. I am: my words, my actions, my thoughts and my beliefs. Our everyday experiences are what shape us into the people we are today – no matter how small each occurrence is. I believe that I am a simple girl, one who is easily satisfied and finds interest, even in the most mundane things, like taking walks and venturing around Singapore by myself. So, who am I? I am the friend, the daughter, the student, the acquaintance. I think that what makes me, me, is my value to those around me.
There was so much clutter in life. I had a tough time sieving out and discovering the things that really are of value and meaning to me. At first, when I was younger, I used to be mesmerised by shiny or pink things. Material goods were what made a spoiled child happy. However, as I matured and began my journey through teenagehood, I learned the importance of many other things. One of my most impressionable moments was when I started volunteering on a regular basis. Through my work at old folk’s home, kindergartens and at community centres, I learned that empathy was a characteristic that I deeply valued, such as empathy and love. Through empathy and love, we understand how others feel, we open our eyes and mind to a whole new world. After living a relatively sheltered childhood, going out into Singapore’s societies really opened up my mind to the whole spectrum of people, who came from all walks of life.
One quote that is particularly meaningful to me is the following: “We fix our eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal”. The memories and emotions that are imprinted on us are what gives us value. I try to remember this through my daily life as I appreciate the unseen more.
One of the many reasons why I wanted to go to UWC was because UWC holds values which I too stand for and wish to follow. It is without any doubt that I look forward to many things as I embark on this exhilarating journey that is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.