“The purpose of a good education is to show you that there are three sides to a two-sided story.”
Before signing up for Pre-University Seminar (PUSEM), I had no knowledge about the event other than the fact that it was a prestigious event where top students from various JCs and Polytechnics congregate to address the pressing issues Singapore would face.
The selection process for the students that would be representing Singapore Polytechnic was a group interview. The interview main focused on our current affairs knowledge and what key issues that we were most concerned about. After that we were asked to choose which roles we would prefer and why we felt we would be suited for it. The roles that available were – Group Leader, Engage Activity Coordinator, Exhibition Coordinator and Drama/Multimedia Coordinator. I opted for the position of Group Leader followed by Engage Activity Coordinator.
I was then selected to attend the PUSEM and given the position of the Group Leader of Group A. I had to attend to all the administrative matters and prepare the group for all the pre-seminar activities as well as activities during the seminar.
For the pre-seminar activities, we had to first go through a briefing/introduction to PUSEM followed by an Expert Interview with someone in our domain. My team’s domain was the Green Economy focusing on Sustainable Development and we were working with students from Innova Junior College, Serangoon Junior College, River Valley High School, Hua Chong Institution and Singapore Polytechnic.
During the actual seminar, activities that we did included the Opening Ceremony, Panel discussions, Social Engagement Activity, Closing Ceremony and lots of discussions and reflections within the group.
I learnt a lot about Sustainable Development because of this Seminar because it required me to conduct prior research, hear the opinions from experts in the industry, teachers and even the general public. From there, the team had to come up with a common consensus on what Singapore should do regarding the issue of Sustainable Development.
Shown below is my school’s write-up on the event
“Pre-University Seminar, a prestigious seminar involving ministers, leaders, industry partners, pre-university students was held at NUS, UTown from 29 May – 1 June 2017. The theme this year was “Renewing Our Singapore Dream.” The event, which had a current affairs focus, was organised by Catholic Junior College in tandem with the Ministry of Education. Participants were encouraged to be active citizens through active participation and action.
6 EEE students were among members of the 19-strong SP Team who had a fruitful journey engaging and learning from experts and the public, from green companies to elderly folks in Chinatown. They had the opportunity to plan, research and execute a Special Engagement Activity to engage chosen beneficiaries during the seminar, and to participate in panel discussions and an Expert Interview.
Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Minister for Defence, Mr Ong Ye Kung, was the Guest-of-Honour at the Closing Ceremony and Exhibition on the last day of the Seminar. Two of our EEE students, Anthony Neo and Sean Tin had the chance to share their team’s findings and learning with him.”