Interviews with New Students: Naho Ugai and Seongmin Park

Written by Risa Tsugaru and Chloe Kim

In August, a lot of new students joined ISS. Now it has been 2 months since then, most of them get used to their new school life. Let’s hear their voices!

We interviewed two new students who joined this summer.

The first student is from grade 9, Naho Ugai. She is from Japan and she came to Singapore because her father was transferred to work in Singapore. She doesn’t speak English very well but already has many foreign friends! Why? It’s because she went joined the summer school and the orientation before the semester started. In the orientation, they were doing a game named handshaking to know each other.

In this game participants grab each other’s hands at randam and all of them have to break away from that chaos. So it needs everyone’s Working together closely. It helped make them friends. We thought that working on something together can make a bond of friendship.

The Second student is from grade10, Seongmin Park. He is from Korea and came to Singapore to study English. His dream is to be a business man who looks after global trading. This is his incentive to study English. We recognised that that grade 10 is a vital stage to think about our dream before DP. We do have to consider seriously about what we want to do in future and how we can contribute to our own community.

The 2 new students whom we interviewed are not native-English speakers. But we thought that we can build good friendship even if we originally speak different languages. Also, we can finally get used to a new language.

Those who have difficulty to learn something in English, Take it easy! Your new friends will help you.

Those who already speak fluent English, thank you for your consideration for new students!

In addition, those who have read through this article, thank you very much!

 

Interview with Naho Ugai

Q, Where are you from?

A, I’m Naho. I am from Japan

Q, Why did you come to SG?

A, Because of her father’s work.

Q, What do you think when you come to this school at first day?

A, There are greens and there are many nationalities.

Q, Tell me about your job in the future.

A, I wanna get a job where I can have relationship with welfare.

Q, Is there anything different point compared to your local school? (e.g. School festival, school uniform and so on)

A, There was no other nationalities but now I have to talk in English all the time.

And the number of children is different.And the facility is worse than my local school.

Uniform is informal than my local school.

We have school bus.

Laptop is integral tool in this school.

Q, How did you make foreign friends even though the language is not the same?

A, Thanks to orientation. By the communication such as handshaking made us friends. By being the same class made us friends. The classmates of KangPong made us friends.

 

Interview with Seongmin Park

Q, Where are you from?

Korea, Seoul

Q, Why did you come to SG?

I came singapore to study. I want to go Singapore university so I came with my father and brother.

Q, What do you think when you come to this school at first day?

When I came to this school, I was little disappointed because of facilities. However, I felt most of the teachers are nice.

Q, Tell me about your job in the future.

I want to be a business man.

Q, Is there anything different point compared to your local school? (e.g. School festival, school uniform and so on)

Comparing to my local school which is located in korea, they have several significant differences. First, our school have 50 min each class. In addition, we have almost 600 students in a grade.

Q, How did you make foreign friends even though the language is not the same?

In my opinion, language doesn’t really matter in making friends. We can get close relationship during class because we can even share our thinking by gesture.

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