Finding Her Voice
Her interest in history and international affairs, coupled with her interest in international organisations, encouraged Moon Ga Eun (pictured above), to pursue the SIM-University of London (UOL) BSc (Honours) in International Relations degree programme. During her course, Ga Eun, an international student from South Korea, was particularly interested in ‘Elements of Social and Applied Psychology’ and ‘Complex Emergencies and Humanitarian Responses,’ which enabled her to analyse issues at a deeper level.
“I have always been intrigued by the interplay of power and politics in the international arena,” she said.
Although she was shy and reserved prior to entering university, Ga Eun learned to be more open after joining SIM Discourse, the university’s debate club. The club provided her with the platform to make friends, and encouraged Ga Eun to speak confidently and debate logically.
“I wanted to challenge myself because being able to speak in front of a group of people is an important skill that will be useful to me in the future,” shared Ga Eun.
Through debating competitions, Ga Eun became more confident. Together with her teammates, Ga Eun represented SIM at the NTU Dorothy Cheung Debating Competition in 2014. Despite the fact that it was only her second tournament, Ga Eun was still able to make it to the finals, fending off fierce competition from over 100 other participants from local and international universities. Her team finished in the top four in their category.
Ga Eun also participated in the 2015 Trilateral Youth Summit in Seoul, Republic of Korea (ROK). The Summit sees 30 student representatives selected by their countries’ (China, Japan and South Korea) Ministry of Foreign Affairs discussing various methods to facilitate the trilateral cooperation and sharing on insightful visions for the future. Students were divided into three mixed-nationality teams that represented the three different governments to understand perspectives of the represented nations. Ga Eun was selected as one of the three trilateral cooperation secretariats.
“As compared to other student representatives who had prior experience, it was my first time participating in this event. I had a heavy role of assisting the Chairperson. I was required to organise the event, prepare the subject guide, and announcing the joint statement. It was indeed an eye-opening experience to interact with students from the different countries who were interested in international relations.”
All these experiences shaped Ga Eun into a confident young lady today as she prepares for the future ahead.
“SIM GE is a place to meet many people with different backgrounds. Personally, joining a co-curricular activity and making friends from my course was a valuable experience gained,” she said.
Posted online, 24 April 2017