University: Yale-National University of Singapore
Languages: English, Malay, Arabic
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Biography: I have lived on the tiny red dot of Singapore my entire life. I am tremendously thankful to have been born to wonderful parents, who despite not having the opportunity to attend school, constantly encourage us and ensure that my siblings and I value our education.
I am a junior studying anthropology at Yale-NUS College – the first liberal arts college in Singapore! Amid the unique East-meets-West curriculum, where we read the likes of Valmiki, Lu Xun, and Plato and attend almost-daily talks by renowned faculties, diplomats, and writers –my assumptions, opinions and perspectives are constantly being challenged.
All of these experiences inspired me to create KidsAccomplish: a series of holistic enrichment programmes for students from 9-12 years old that cultivate empathy, self-awareness and leadership skills. By learning about racial conflicts in Sri Lanka, or sand pirates in Indonesia, and even the death of minority languages in Singapore, we hope to inculcate self-reflexivity, critical thinking, and open-mindedness from a young age. Currently, KidsAccomplish is in its third year of operations and I could not be prouder.
This past summer, I interned at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kuala Lumpur. I was part of the Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) department. I interviewed refugees who have undergone domestic violence, sexual trafficking, rape and more, daily, to find out about their current mental and physical health and safety. We then referred them to our Health department or provided legal or psychological counseling.
I have since solidified my dream of becoming an international humanitarian for women’s and children empowerment, but I’ve realized that my passion is transnational. As such, I hope to work in an international NGO, akin to the United Nations. I live by the quote “Aspire to Inspire before we Expire” and aim to be a leader who encourages the heart and pushes followers to achieve extraordinary things beyond their comfort zones.