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Beyond The Comfort Zone

Acquiring an education in a new country is no easy feat. International students are often faced with the challenge of adapting to a new culture and making new friends. However, for this group of students at SIM GE, they chose to face their challenges head on by stepping out of their comfort zones and becoming Student Volunteers. Through helping out at events such as the recent ‘What’s Next After ‘O’ Level?’ and ‘SIM GE Open House’, they were able to adapt to university life quickly, make new friends and share their meaningful experiences with others. Here’s what they had to say on being Student Volunteers.

Beyond The Comfort Zone
From left : Jas, Shirley, Khin Aye Chan, Evana and Phone Thant Ko pictured together.

Beyond The Comfort Zone

Name: Ervi Margareta

Nationality: Indonesian

University/Programme: SIM-University of London, BSc (Honours) in Accounting and Finance

“I volunteered for these events because I wanted to share my views with prospective students that it’s okay to be different while striving for their best and that SIM GE is able to cater to their needs too. I enjoy sharing my experiences in SIM GE as a student and showing visitors around the university as it helps them get a better idea of the campus. Being a Student Volunteer gives me more insight to what it’s like to be a part of the SIM family and I also got to know a lot of inspiring people who keep me motivated.”

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Name: Chintya Lee

Nationality: Indonesian

University/Programme: SIM-University of London, BSc (Honours) in Banking and Finance

“Living in a culturally diversified city as Singapore allows me to gain a very broad perspective of many different aspects of life. Being a Student Volunteer in the ‘What’s Next After O-Level?’ event was definitely interesting. I picked up a lot of new knowledge along the way, such as how to professionally handle any negative feedback. The best thing about volunteering was that I was able to meet and talk to new people from a wide range of ages, nationalities, and personalities. To be able to converse and exchange thoughts on many different things helped widened my knowledge and it was an unforgettable experience.”

Beyond The Comfort Zone

Name: Phone Thant Ko

Nationality: Burmese

University/Programme: SIM-University of London, BSc (Honours) in Creative Computing

“As an O Level graduate I’ve been through the same phase as prospective students. Hence, I volunteered for the ‘What’s Next After O Level?’ event as I wanted to share my experiences with them. Through communicating with the students, I was able to identify with them. I am grateful for this opportunity to share my experiences in SIM and hopefully, this batch of students will do the same for the next batch of students.”

Beyond The Comfort Zone

Name: Evana Lim

Nationality: Indonesian

University/Programme: SIM-University of London, BSc (Honours) in Accounting and Finance

“I volunteered for the ‘What’s Next After O Level?’ and 'SIM GE Open House' events as I wanted to share my personal experiences with prospective students on what it’s like to be an SIM GE student and what they will be able to gain from studying here. I  believe my sharing has positively benefitted and provided them with a better understanding of SIM GE programmes."

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Name: Jas Bairathi

Nationality: Indian

University/Programme: SIM-University of London BSc (Honours) in Business and Management

“Being a Student Volunteer helps me to get to know my fellow students. In addition, going for outreach programmes helps our University in getting more potential students. During an ‘O Level’ outreach event, I enjoyed getting the opportunity to visit a school in Singapore and the atmosphere there just brought back fond memories of the time when I was about to get my own results.”

Beyond The Comfort Zone

Name: Shirley Ooi

Nationality: Malaysian

University/Programme:
SIM-RMIT, Bachelor of Business (Logistics & Supply Chain Management)

“I have spent some time studying in SIM, so I thought that I should share my experiences with students and parents and provide them with some guidance on their pathway after their O Levels. I am always happy to meet new people and be a ‘tour guide’ who brings visitors, students and parents for campus tours to show them the lovely facilities in our school. At the same time, I can communicate with them and share many things with them.”

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Name: Khin Aye Chan Oo

Nationality: Burmese

University/Programme: SIM GE, Diploma in Management Studies

“I have always had a passion for volunteering and am always finding ways to contribute. Hence, I was pleased to find out about the opportunity to volunteer with this team. It gave me a new dimension to how I can help others around the campus and it opened my eyes to a new learning experience.”

Beyond The Comfort Zone

Posted online, 24 March 2017