Many of my most formative years were spent right here at Yale-NUS College as a student and as a staff member. As a student, I was deeply influenced by the combination of classroom learning, residential living, and co-curricular programming. It was during this time that I became active in identity-based Intergroup Dialogues led by staff and faculty. Dialoguing about intersectionality, privilege, and power in a facilitated setting transformed how I understood and practiced community building. It equipped me with tools and vocabulary to engage with my peers more intentionally and helped me identify a professional interest in facilitation.
As a staff member, I worked on experiential learning programmes and developed skills for student advising at the Centre for International & Professional Experience (CIPE). I am very excited to now join the Intercultural Engagement (IE) office to continue the project of building a respectful and inclusive community geared towards the growth and learning of its students, staff, and faculty.Advice for Students
Take time to adjust and warm up to each new chapter of life. Change is never easy. Stay in touch with your peers and support each other, but always remember that you need to articulate your own priorities and values, set your own measures for growth, and choose how you want to best spend your time. Finally, reach out to your advisors on campus and have conversations about how you can do the above!Fun Fact
An important personal accomplishment in 2020: I learned how to make Hanoi-style Phở Gà.