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 Carlyne Li from NUS High School of Math and Science:
Q: How was your overall experience at the Peacemakers Conference 2018?
It was a really memorable and enriching experience for me. Meeting peers with a common goal of learning how to mediate effectively, and learning skills that could be used in everyday life make me treasure those 3 days well!
Q: What was the most unforgettable part of the Conference for you?
The most unforgettable part of the Conference was when I received the first case study of the issue that I had to mediate. I was really anxious and nervous as it was my first time mediating. However, one of the facilitators saw me looking stressed and came over to tell me not to worry. I can’t remember the exact words she said, but she told me to be calm and treat the mediation like I was talking to my friend. In the end, the advice really did help and I, together with my teammate, had a lot of takeaways from the session!
Q: What is an example of you applying what you learned in the Conference in real life?
It would definitely be mediating small arguments between peers. Helping them reach a resolution that both parties are satisfied with gave me a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, and I’m really thankful to be given the opportunity to learn all these skill sets through the Peacemakers’ Conference!
Q: If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming participants of the Peacemakers Conference 2019, what would you tell them?
Be inquisitive and don’t be afraid to try! The facilitators are really friendly and approachable, so use this opportunity to ask as many questions as you want and learn as much as you can! 🙂
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