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Block 3 Room 204: Precious, Yara, Adrienne, Oda

Room 203: Grace, Mo, Michelle, Sonia

Room 205: Zareen, Natalie, Biljana, Savitri

Room 206: Mirta, Leila, Wendy, Honey

Block 3 Room 207: Aine, Tinny, Belmira, Danika Room 208: Mia, Abondalia, Maroua, Kara

Room 209: Raya, Queeny, Cheryl, Paolina

Room 210: Jimmy, Undine, Eugin, Rohma

Block 3 Room 302: Kelvin, Tazo, Andrew, Ryan

Room 303: John, Nicholas, Jason, Vincent

Room 304: Laszlo, Richard, Shadnam, Trevor Room 305: Matthew, Thomas, Guillermo, Tom

Block 3 Room 306: Ching, Bellamy, Calvin, Alan Room 307: Mavjigul,Catherine, Lee, Lara

Room 308:Elvan, Tomi, Jeffrey, Nabeeh

Room 307: Mavjigul,Catherine, Lee, Lara

Room 309: Ricky, Halfdan, Khaled, Vincent

Block 4 Room 203: Maddie, Karolina,Tina,Jeniffer

Room 205: Ezrela, Nafe, Fay, Sovannarath

Room 204: Felicia, Dorte, Kathrine, Winnie

Room 206: Michelle, Venice, Olivia, Sam

Block 4 Room 207: Tara, Clara, Erica, Shari

Room 209: Jade, Carmen, Valerie, Mayeesha

Room 208: Pralaksha, Mary, Ottavia, Jenny

Room 210: Paola, Agnes, Liat, Anna

Block 4 Room 302: Elvira, Apoorva, Ilham, Beanka

Room 303: Matthew, Luis, Griffith, Pedro

Room 303: Sunny, Colin, Matias, Garreth

The 305: The Robson, The Brian, The Chester, The Quentin

Block 4 Room 306: Suhyoon, Milena, Karen, Soukeyna Room 307: Mustafa, Frank, Teddy, Kishi

Room 308: Jonah, Alex T., Alex Mak, Michal

Room 308: Darren, Kelvin, Lachson, Matija

I’m not a particularly good orator, in fact a lot of people say I mumble when I speak, so I was surprised, honoured, but surprised when I was asked to asked to make a speech for grad. Must be the swag. Then I became a bit nervous, this is my first speech ever, I did not really know what to do. Was I supposed to try and be funny, be serious and inspiring or what.? My biggest question was “ how am I supposed to represent or to put into words the entire LPC experience of all a hundred and something of us?” So of in typical LPC style I put it off a while and did some thorough procrastination. When I eventually got back to it, I came to the conclusion, that I couldn’t do it. The LPC experience depends on the things we get involved in and so as each student gets involved with different things interacting with different people and issues their LPC experience becomes unique to them. My experience of LPC would be different from say a theatre student, theirs possibly different from someone who is involved in teen aiders or Model United Nations or even someone who went on a particular China week or project week group.

What I can say is that, here at LPC, I have been challenged. And despite those different experiences I think this holds true for each and every student here, and even for the teachers and other staff. I think everybody who has been a part of the LPC community has been challenged in one way or another and as a result been changed. I often hear from fellow students how they used to be the best in their previous schools and then they came here and were just average or even below. Others have told me of how they have been offended by other’s ideas, behaviour , values and even clothing. A lot of students have felt they could not be themselves because they couldn’t speak English. A lot of us were not used to such a heavy workload. And some of us just missed home and were not used to being away for so long. There is a lot more I could mention but the point is, we have all been challenged, it has not been easy for a lot of us. But then again we knew this before we came, we knew we would have to challenge ourselves. And I feel it was all worth it. The change, growth, the transformation I’ve seen in you all my friends and in myself is truly remarkable. From the time I came here on that obscenely humid September

afternoon till now I’ve been privileged to see the development of the world’s future leaders. As generic or cliché as that sounds I really do see, here , in front of me future leaders in all aspects of life. And as I end off, I’d like to say that: No matter what you feel you achieved, didn’t achieve, whatever you wished you could have done or done differently, whatever you felt you did well or messed up your successes, your regrets, All that you have gone through here has made you that person you will be from now on. The LPC experience is a transformative experience. Cherish it because I’m sure you will never have one quite like it ever again. To all the teachers and staff thank you for everything you have done for us these past two years, we really do appreciate it. And to the second years all the best for the IB exams, add oil! Thank you

Bheki Mhlanga, graduation speech

I'd like to tell you a story.

been lucky enough to make a wrong turn, as much as the kind of attitude and mindset that I should embrace.

It’s Boxing Day, December 2004. My family and I are on vacation in Thailand. It was Boxing Day, December 2004. After a leisurely breakfast I had decided to head back to my room to fetch my beachwear. The route was straightforward enough: down a flight of stairs, then a right turn to the seaside, where our room was. I had walked this route multiple times before - no problem. And yet for reasons which I do not think I will ever know, I subconsciously and unknowingly made a wrong turn. Instead of turning right, I turned left: away from my room, away from the sea. And away from fatal danger. For it was only minutes later, while I wandered around hopelessly lost, that the devastating waves of a tsunami came crashing down on the resort – waves which would have engulfed me, knocked me out and killed me with ruthless force. And yet miraculously, the waves did not hit me. I was safe because I had turned left, away from the beach. I was safe because I had made a wrong turn. Back then, the gravity of it all eluded me. It seemed like dumb luck: I had had a 50-50 chance between life and death, and my bad sense of direction had nudged me towards the better of the two. Over these two years though, the impact of this experience has slowly dawned on me. As I meandered my way through the UWC experience, I began to realise how the point wasn’t so much about why I had

I'll be honest - the first few weeks in LPC were confusing, difficult and overwhelming. All too often I would ask myself repeatedly, why did I even choose to come here? Why didn't I just stay at my old school, in my old comfort zone? Surely something had gone disastrously wrong in the admissions process. I remember telling people - I think I like this place, but I definitely do not love it. I'm sure many of us felt the same way. But, as the second years reassured me, the beauty of this place, its magic, its charm, its wonder - grows on you. Little by little you become less reserved and more forthcoming, less frosty and more eager, less anxious and more relaxed. And they were right. Look at us now. Look at all that we have achieved together in two years. We have put together countless cultural evenings - ICE, CCE, ECE,APEC,MESA,NACE, LACE, ACE. We have performed plays, put together exhibitions, played music, hosted charity concerts. We have achieved great physical feats: arriving late to the 24 Hour Race, and winning it not only once, but twice. We have hosted conferences and day camps, initiated projects of all sorts and brought in positive changes of all kinds. We stood by our values, we made our voices heard, we learned to be true UWC students. We did all this in two years. And yet all these achievements would have remained imaginary - an abstract figment floating around in the lake of our subconscious - had we not dared to step away from our comfort zone and embrace the

challenge LPC presented us. Instead of fear and the prospect of failure, all of us here saw new possibilities and opportunities. We were presented with challenges, and we embraced them. We found here a sense of idealism - a belief in UWC values, but more importantly, a belief in ourselves. So, as I reflect on my time here, I think back to that Boxing Day morning seven years ago in Thailand - the day when I made a wrong turn that saved my life. What has two years of LPC life taught me about the significance of that lifesaving wrong turn? It has taught me that more often than not, failures are opportunities wrapped under a deceptive cloak of disguise. Too often we fail to take action for fear of failure. But how valid is this fear, really? I had made a wrong turn - technically, a failure - and yet it saved my life. Failure is not, and should not, be an obstacle. All that’s stopping us is the fear of some hypothetical failure – mucking up, making mistakes, embarrassing yourself…but really, what’s the worst that could happen? Failure: opportunity in disguise. I think this is one of the most important things I've learnt in my two years here. Opportunities are everywhere - all we have to do is to look for them them, to challenge ourselves and to aim for nothing less than success. And now as we get ready to leave LPC and continue with our own journeys, we should keep in mind that there is no such thing as a failure. The only failure is the failure to recognise opportunities. Thank you.

Mary Hui, graduation speech

Part 09