Singapore Week 2

When I returned to the TVI office for my second week, professor Singh gave me a couple tasks. He told me to explore the Lifelong Learning Institute at Paya Lebar and to help him plan a global conference of the future of education. There was some irony to that as I had spent the last year trying (and failing) to plan a conference at William & Mary. He also introduced me to one of his former students, Jote, who produces videos, has a photography business and writes poetry. I think professor Singh really wanted to inspire me to pursue my passions, as I had mentioned it before in one of our long talks. I feel as if I am in a creative rut and my energy for it has dissipated. I’m hoping Singapore can help me find my drive but it has yet to click.

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Singapore Week One

It’s been a month now since I’ve been in Singapore so there will be some foresight in these next couple blogs on my time so far. These weeks have been met with ups and downs and an overall feeling of being overwhelmed with my new environment. But one thing that has been driving me as I have been here has been a quote from the new documentary Free Solo which I watched on the 24hour plane ride to the other side of the world: “ Nobody achieves anything by being happy and cozy… you face your fear because your goal demands it- that is the warrior mentality.” It has been observed by people around me that I am not a warrior- I don’t necessarily fight my fears head on with a tough face, but I am hoping to change that.

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