Grace was selected to attend UWC in 2012. This short interview was conducted when Grace was a student at Pearson College (UWC in Canada).
1. How would you describe your UWC experience so far?
To me, this experience has been an eye-opener; it has inroduced me to many new views and perspectives of the world that I would have never been exposed to if I weren’t been interacting with people from 80 different countries everyday. Without question, this experience has been very hectic and balancing my time and knowing my priorities have been very important. There is always something to do on campus; classes, activities, sports or even great discussions. Quoting my co-year from Surinam, “No matter how much work we have, we always finish our work because there is a community that supports us.” In the past four months I built some real, profound friendships, tried so many new things, and discovered many new aspects in me.
2. Tell us about one of the activities that students take part in at a UWC school?
“One World” is a showcase of all the talents and cultures at Pearson. The show has been performed every March for the past 20 years and it features songs, acts and dances from around the globe. It is a live practice of the UWC values in celebrating differences. There are many ways to be part of the show: lighting, sound, stage management, or planning your own act. What makes “One World” such a special event and why we do it every year is that revenues from the show are used to create more scholarships for future students at Pearson. It is simply lots of fun, practice and such a great bonding experience.
3. What do you think are the benefits of attending UWC?
UWC is an amazing place and an opportunity to discover yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, what matters to you, what your priorities are in life, and skills that you never thought you had. UWC is a great place to start your more independent life, where you will learn that being an adult isn’t only about making your own decisions, but about the responsibility that comes with each decision. Though the IB [International Baccalaureate] curriculum could be really demanding, it introduces you to many new areas of knowledge and inspires you to discover more. Those two years are a chance to take on more personal challenges, to learn more about the world you are living in and to become an effective member of your society.