Xu Meiting

Peace Talks – Xu Meiting

In our interview series, entitled “Peace Talks”, we speak to peacemakers with different backgrounds and life stories, and ask them to share their thoughts and reflections. 

This edition of “Peace Talks” features Xu Meiting from Raffles Girls’ School:

 

Q: How was your overall experience at the Peacemakers Conference 2018?

It was an enriching and fulfilling experience. I have gained knowledge and skills that would otherwise be impossible if it were in a classroom setting. The trainers were amiable and understanding during the training sessions and were extremely patient with us when we were unsure of certain protocols. Their enthusiasm and passion greatly influenced me as I spent the few days with them.

 

Q: What was the most unforgettable part of the Conference for you?

The most unforgettable part of the Conference would be during the mock mediation rounds. All the participants took turns to role-play mediators and parties who were in conflict. This was when we applied what we have learned beforehand and observe the running of a complete mock mediation session. During these rounds, I had the opportunity to interact with other participants from different schools who shared their own opinions and experiences which greatly helped me broaden my perspectives.

 

Q: What is an example of you applying what you learned in the Conference in real life?

It would be between my team members regarding a project. While it was essential to solve the conflict as soon as possible to ensure a smooth progression of the project, we had to keep in mind that an all-out argument between us might not be the best possible way to settle the problem since it could easily escalate into a more complicated situation. The process was definitely not easily, however, when we began to understand another’s difficulties, we became more forgiving and understanding. Sometimes, two simple words can go a long way.

 

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming participants of the Peacemakers Conference 2019, what would you tell them?

Enter with open minds and hearts and be willing to learn from others! Don’t be afraid to approach the trainers for clarifications (or if you just want to have a quick chat with them) because they are always friendly and helpful! And of course, enjoy yourself and learn as much as possible.

 


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Samantha Ha

Peace Talks – Samantha Ha

In our interview series, entitled “Peace Talks”, we speak to peacemakers with different backgrounds and life stories, and ask them to share their thoughts and reflections. 

This edition of “Peace Talks” features Samantha Ha from Kent Ridge Secondary School:

 

Q: How was your overall experience at the Peacemakers Conference 2018?

To be honest, when my teacher first asked us to go for the Conference, I was very intrigued but at the same time very confused as to what it was about, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the Conference. However, as the three days passed, I learned quite a fair bit that has helped expand my knowledge on peaceful solutions, not to mention I also made a couple of new friends. It was an enriching experience, and I’m glad that I was able to attend this Conference. I hope the next batch of attendees will enjoy themselves as much as I did!

 

Q: What was the most unforgettable part of the Conference for you?

Throughout the Conference, there were many unforgettable moments. However, what really pulled me in was getting to role play as the mediators and then the people who had conflicts with one another during the competition. I found it really useful as I got to put what I learned about tone, posture and choice of words to use. I enjoyed being able to get the feedback from the judges, and improving on them the next round. Aside from that, I also enjoyed going into the different rooms to see how others mediated and see how I could learn from them.

 

Q: What is an example of you applying what you learned in the Conference in real life?

Although I haven’t had the chance to really put the skills I’ve learnt from the Conference into action, I can say that I’ve become a much more patient and calm person after the Conference as compared to before. Now, when people get frustrated and vent or rant their emotions to me, I feel that I have the tendency to be less annoyed and really more patient and concerned about what they have to say.

 

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming participants of the Peacemakers Conference 2019, what would you tell them?

I think it’s really important to come into the Conference with an open mind to learn new skills as well as learn from others. Don’t be afraid to try new things, have lots of fun and at the same time, take away some valuable new lessons!

 


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Kelly Wu

Peace Talks – Kelly Wu

In our interview series, entitled “Peace Talks”, we speak to peacemakers with different backgrounds and life stories, and ask them to share their thoughts and reflections. 

This edition of “Peace Talks” features Kelly Wu from Raffles Girls’ School:

 

Q: How was your overall experience at the Peacemakers Conference 2018?

My experience was very enriching and enjoyable! Mediation is something that we come across very often, but most of us are not aware of the proper techniques to make the process smoother and more meaningful. The Conference was definitely an eye-opener as I got to learn so much more about how to mediate an issue effectively. I also got to make new friends from my school and other schools 😀

 

Q: What was the most unforgettable part of the Conference for you?

The most unforgettable part would be acting as a party during the mediation rounds. It was very memorable as all of us had to immerse ourselves in the role, and the conversations often became extremely interesting and exciting!

 

Q: What is an example of you applying what you learned in the Conference in real life?

Since the Conference, I have not been a mediator of an issue, but there were many instances when I had to apply the skills of understanding various perspectives and being a good listener. For example, when participating in group discussions, I try to maintain an open mind and consider everyone’s opinions, even if I feel otherwise. I also try to practise more body language like leaning forward to show the person that I am listening to them. This is a small example, but these skills that I’ve learnt through the Conference really helped me in group settings!

 

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming participants of the Peacemakers Conference 2019, what would you tell them?

Don’t be afraid to try! It is perfectly fine to make mistakes, always try to step out of your comfort zone to make the most out of your experience 🙂

 


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Schifra

Peace Talks – Schifra Na’lya Bte Roni

In our interview series, entitled “Peace Talks”, we speak to peacemakers with different backgrounds and life stories, and ask them to share their thoughts and reflections. 

This edition of “Peace Talks” features Schifra Na’lya Bte Roni from Peicai Secondary School:

 

Q: How was your overall experience at the Peacemakers Conference 2018?

My overall experience at the Peacemakers Conference 2018 was fulfilling as I learnt the basics of mediation. At first, I wasn’t looking forward to the Conference, but after the first day, I found it so interesting to the point that I wanted to continue attending it and not miss any part of the Conference! The facils are friendly and I wasn’t afraid to approach any of them. I also got to meet people from other schools and forged bonds with them.

 

Q: What was the most unforgettable part of the Conference for you?

The most unforgettable part of the Conference to me was visiting the Supreme Court as we don’t really get a chance to go there as students!

 

Q: What is an example of you applying what you learned in the Conference in real life?

I managed to solve conflicts like friendship problems amongst my peers with whatever that was taught in the Conference. Before taking part in this Conference, I didn’t even know how to approach a conflict properly, but after the Conference, I have really improved my skills.

 

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming participants of the Peacemakers Conference 2019, what would you tell them?

To the incoming participants, trust me, this Conference is very useful and yes, although I agree that the first part of the day may be boring, but no matter what, sit up straight, open your ears and eyes. Don’t forget to jot down whatever the facils say. This Conference has helped me a lot in school by teaching me how solving problems. So do give your fullest attention!

 


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Liu Yunting

Peace Talks – Liu Yunting

In our interview series, entitled “Peace Talks”, we speak to peacemakers with different backgrounds and life stories, and ask them to share their thoughts and reflections. 

This edition of “Peace Talks” features Liu Yunting from Raffles Girls’ School:

 

Q: How was your overall experience at the Peacemakers Conference 2018?

Before Peacemakers Conference 2018 I wasn’t really sure about what I should expect out of this 3-day long programme because I didn’t have an idea of what “mediation” was so I went into it being rather clueless, but at the end I think it really opened some new doors and I gained new knowledge and experience in those 3 days. Overall, I feel very very thankful to have had such an opportunity to attend the most memorable and unique “workshop” to me by far.

 

Q: What was the most unforgettable part of the Conference for you?

Getting to meet participants from other schools and working with them was really interesting! As we come from many different schools, our working styles and thought processes can be very different, but through our interactions during the Conference, we were able to share and learn from one another. This was one of the experiences provided by the Conference that we don’t usually get in a normal classroom setting, so I treasured that a lot (:

 

Q: What is an example of you applying what you learned in the Conference in real life?

I found it useful to apply what I’ve learned in the Conference, especially when we often have group work to do and our team members can’t seem to agree on the different ideas. I realised that we didn’t need a full-scale mediation session, but just by adapting from what was taught during the Conference, I got the members to take turns to present and explain their points within the group, then facilitating the discussion after everyone had a common understanding of the various ideas (which turned out to be much more efficient and effective!)

 

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming participants of the Peacemakers Conference 2019, what would you tell them?

Come with an open mind and be eager and ready to learn as much as you can! Enjoy yourself to the fullest and be present while it lasts because at the end of 3 days you’ll miss it (“: Most importantly have fun and don’t be afraid to make friends with your fellow participants and (super friendly and encouraging) FACILS!! 😀 All the best for PMConference 2019!

 


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Vera Tan

Peace Talks – Vera Tan

In our interview series, entitled “Peace Talks”, we speak to peacemakers with different backgrounds and life stories, and ask them to share their thoughts and reflections. 

This edition of “Peace Talks” features Vera Tan from Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School:

Q: How was your overall experience at the Peacemakers Conference 2018?

I actually learnt so much at last year’s Peacemakers Conference. One discovery would be understanding and exploring mediation. I have never heard of this term before and if it wasn’t for this Conference I bet I would not have known that this existed. I really enjoyed this Conference as I was able to experience what mediation looked like and how I could carry it out.

Q: What was the most unforgettable part of the Conference for you?

The most unforgettable part of the Conference would be when we simulated mediations. It is really etched in my memory as we could choose between being a mediator or the parties who needed help with solving the problem. I guess by being in the mediator’s seat, I experienced what it is like to be thinking on our feet and to be understanding to the parties. Many times I was faced with awkward silence as I did not know how to carry on to prompt the parties to be constructive in working towards solving their problem. Being in the party’s seat was as fun because you had to play the role out and sometimes it really required us to have those emotions. It was really a blast trying to make the problem as challenging as I could make it for the mediators and the other party.

Q: What is an example of you applying what you learned in the Conference in real life?

I have learnt to apply the skills I learnt from this Conference in many situations. One scenario would be in a group project. I used to ignore other people’s conflicts because I thought that I was incapable to solve them or try to help them come to a satisfactory conclusion. But now after learning this skill, I managed to put it into practice and try stepping in, to understand them and help them come to a fair conclusion. I would not say that my efforts alone helped them arrive at a fair conclusion, but I believe that I actually brought the tension down and allowed them to be more cooperative when working with each other.

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming participants of the Peacemakers Conference 2019, what would you tell them?

Open your heart and mind, don’t be pessimistic about it. Just give your best and try not to be awkward around people. Be open to making new friends!


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Tew Chun Hui

Peace Talks – Tew Chun Hui

In our interview series, entitled “Peace Talks”, we speak to peacemakers with different backgrounds and life stories, and ask them to share their thoughts and reflections. 

This edition of “Peace Talks” features Tew Chun Hui from Jurong West Secondary School:

 

Q: How was your overall experience at the Peacemakers Conference 2018?

My overall experience at the Peacemakers Conference 2018 was wonderful and fantastic. It was a great experience to learn the basics of mediation and how conflicts can be solved in a peaceful manner. The mentors also gave a great interpretation of how mediation works and how we can apply it to our everyday lives.

 

Q: What was the most unforgettable part of the Conference for you?

The most unforgettable part for me was meeting new people at the Conference. Even though we may come from different schools, we were able to click very well. During the competition between different schools, we would often help each other when in doubt. We saw it as a friendly competition and would always cheer on other schools to do their best!

 

Q: What is an example of you applying what you learned in the Conference in real life?

I remember an occasion when my friends had a miscommunication but neither of them took action to resolve it. I felt like I had to do something about the situation, and luckily the training from the mentors about mediation at last year’s Conference really helped. In the end, both of them had a better understanding of each other perspectives and learnt to be more flexible and open-minded.

 

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming participants of the Peacemakers Conference 2019, what would you tell them?

One piece of advice I want to give to the incoming participants is to enjoy your time there and try your best to take in as much information about mediation, as they may be very useful to apply in the future when conflicts arise. Ask questions if you do not understand as sometimes things may not be clear to you. If you have any doubts, always remember to clarify with the mentors.

 


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Kaisah

Peace Talks – Nur Kaisah Binte Abdul Kadir

In our interview series, entitled “Peace Talks”, we speak to peacemakers with different backgrounds and life stories, and ask them to share their thoughts and reflections. 

This edition of “Peace Talks” features Nur Kaisah Binte Abdul Kadir from Evergreen Secondary School:

 

Q: How was your overall experience at the Peacemakers Conference 2018?

It was unexpectedly a really fun-filled time because even though there was the element of competition, I learnt so many new things over a short span of 3 days. I got to see a side of Law that isn’t usually talked about and made plenty of new friends too 🙂

 

Q: What was the most unforgettable part of the Conference for you?

I will never forget the first morning where I was completely ready to be bored for the next 3 days but was immediately proved wrong when we started playing a game where everyone had to mingle around and make a fool of themselves. (It was something to do with a chicken version of scissors paper stone?) That game enabled me to mix around with people from other schools and make friends in the process so I truly enjoyed it.

 

Q: What is an example of you applying what you learned in the Conference in real life?

I think my one true takeaway from this Conference is that listening is key. If you don’t well listen to your clients, then you will never reach a settlement. The same goes for relationships in real life where being able to understand multiple points of view is crucial. This skill has been applied in my duties as president of my CCA where different people have differing views and want to be heard so in that light, being able to sift everything out by listening and understanding is very important to me.

 

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming participants of the Peacemakers Conference 2019, what would you tell them?

To all future participants, just remember to take this new challenge head on! You never know until you try, so do give the activities a go! I think the most important thing to note is that if you’re shy or feel bad about how you’ve performed, remember that everyone there is trying it out for the very first time too, so there’s no shame in asking questions or faring badly on the first round ^.^ In that light, the facilitators are all extremely friendly and enthusiastic, so if you are ever having any difficulties, you can always approach them (:

 


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Padmanaban

Peace Talks – Baranikumar Saritha Padmanaban

In our interview series, entitled “Peace Talks”, we speak to peacemakers with different backgrounds and life stories, and ask them to share their thoughts and reflections. 

This edition of “Peace Talks” features Baranikumar Saritha Padmanaban from Montfort Secondary School:

 

Q: How was your overall experience at the Peacemakers Conference 2018?

To put it simply, I had a blast! I thought I knew what I signed up for, but the unexpected happened. I thought we were going to have the typical boring lectures but instead, we had a lot of fun activities and interesting ways of learning mediation! I felt like I was brought to another world where learning seemed…interesting! I feel very fortunate to have participated in this Conference and I wish I had the chance to participate once again (pretty sure all of us who went last year would feel the same!).

 

Q: What was the most unforgettable part of the Conference for you?

It is quite common to stumble upon a conflict or an issue between your friends, peers or even family members. In my case, my mother and my father had an argument over an issue and I was really concerned about it. I was thinking about what to do about their issue and then I remembered that I could use mediation. Mediation has taught me how exactly to handle these types of situations and so, I conducted mediation…with my parents. I really value this skill of “mediating” as it really helped me in other situations and incidents when it comes to parties that have an issue with each other.

 

Q: What is an example of you applying what you learned in the Conference in real life?

I remember an occasion when my friends had a miscommunication but neither of them took action to resolve it. I felt like I had to do something about the situation, and luckily the training from the mentors about mediation at last year’s conference really helped. In the end, both of them had a better understanding of each other perspectives and learnt to be more flexible and open-minded.

 

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming participants of the Peacemakers Conference 2019, what would you tell them?

DEFINITELY sign up for this Conference, I HIGHLY recommend you taking part in this. It may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I guarantee you that you will NOT regret this. These skills you learn today will benefit you greatly tomorrow! The facilitators are really kind, helpful and funny XD Gain as much as knowledge and information as you can, be yourself and have a blast! (づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ

 


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Rae Ang

Peace Talks – Rae Ang

In our interview series, entitled “Peace Talks”, we speak to peacemakers with different backgrounds and life stories, and ask them to share their thoughts and reflections. 

This edition of “Peace Talks” features Rae Ang from Raffles Girls’ School:

 

Q: How was your overall experience at the Peacemakers Conference 2018?

The Peacemakers Conference 2018 was extremely fulfilling and fun! The facilitators were very engaging which allowed the three days to (sadly) pass very quickly. We had many opportunities to hone the skills that we were taught through discussions as well as different scenarios for us to practice these skills in smaller groups.

 

Q: What was the most unforgettable part of the Conference for you?

For me, the most unforgettable part of the Conference was acting as one of the parties in the competition rounds. Our mediators were trying their best to help both parties to reach an agreement but the opposing party and I absolutely refused to give way to each other. During the competition rounds, when acting as parties, some students “threw tables”, some fake-cried, and some parties actually screamed at each other. In the end, it was all in good fun and the competition rounds were really one of the main highlights of my 3 days at the Peacemakers Conference.

 

Q: What is an example of you applying what you learned in the Conference in real life?

I have definitely applied some of the skills I learned at the Peacemakers Conference at times, especially when faced with conflict. While I never used the skills the more formal and structured way that we were taught, I found myself unknowingly using the key concepts when trying to resolve conflict. The skills I learned taught me how to firstly, remove myself from the situation and remain objective. After that, how to empathise with both parties and help them understand each others’ points of view.

 

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming participants of the Peacemakers Conference 2019, what would you tell them?

To the participants of Peacemakers Conference 2019, I would like to encourage you to keep open-minded to all the new skills taught and to have as much fun as you can (maybe flip a table or two!)

 


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