What do you think a four-year-old child does all day? A common assertion would be: to play. However, at the age of four, I was told that helping others and serving the community is a substantial part of life. I had hence spent countless weeks bonding with people at old-age homes and orphanages rather than playgrounds. My name is Zuairia Shahrin and I am applying for a scholarship to aid me throughout my study in the world-class Sixth Form A-Level programme offered by Garden International School.
I believe I am a worthy candidate because of my brilliant work ethic, perseverance, and resilience. The remarkable opportunity to advance my studies in Garden would be an unbelievable accomplishment for me. My previous studies have revealed that when presented with an opportunity, I will strive as hard as I can to develop my skills, rewarding those who have granted me the chance to prove so. My contributions to the Garden community, such as participation in more than twenty weeks of Street Feeding are a reflection of my personal values and key character traits: love and empathy. In addition to personally helping a group of Year 10’s deal with academic stress, I have also volunteered to help in Refugee Christmas Parties, Reach-Out Teaching and Refurbishing during Discovery Week, playing a major role in painting and designing for the community.
Despite numerous challenges like successfully balancing between three coursework-heavy subjects and hard sciences, I have always tried my best to give back to the community. This includes me portraying excellence in the organisation of Mufti Week, Mufti Day, Happy Week and Science Week. The outstanding calibre showcased behind the scenes has granted me recognition and certification as a Secondary Student Leader, Year 10 Director of the Wellbeing Stand and Science Ambassador, the first and the latter being for three consecutive years out of the four years I have spent in this wonderful school. Such an exhibition of expertise in teamwork, leadership, and self-regulation shaped my way to the Fourteenth Formula One in Schools World Finals, where I represented Garden and Malaysia as the Design Engineer of Team Lucendi. Alongside professionally demonstrating creativity, prudence, and love for learning beyond classrooms, I have also developed critical thinking abilities, becoming a more confident version of myself.
My future goals are to expand my social intelligence and teamwork skills by going above and beyond to serve the Garden community even more, through participation in the Reach Out CCA and Street Store. This scholarship presents me the chance to achieve the highest potentials possible and bring out the best in myself. I aspire to be an even better representative of Garden International School in the near future. I thank you for taking the time to assess this application.