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Sharp Tools Make Good Work

Sharp Tools Make Good Work

In order to prepare herself better as a humanitarian journalist in the future, Thandiwe ventured to Bangkok to participate in the University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) in her personal capacity. The five-day programme encompassed 10 hours of seminars, 6 hours of discussions and 10 hours of voluntary work. Although the programme was intense, Thandiwe genuinely believes that she had learned a lot in the process of brainstorming global humanitarian plans with over 900 rising stars in the non-profit sector and numerous internationally accredited scholars.

In addition to that, the USLS had also offered Thandiwe opportunities in performing frontline humanitarian tasks, such as planting mangroves in the wetlands and collecting feedback from their project recipients. Getting into the trenches is never easy but Thandiwe believes that these down to earth experiences are valuable firsthand sources for her as both a scholar and a future journalist. In the meantime, group projects and discussion workshops offered by the USLS had also strengthened and polished Thandiwe’s leadership and communication skills.

Imbued with stronger leadership and communication skills, Thandiwe realizes that she has become more open-minded towards opposing views and more effective in networking. Indeed, Thandiwe had made a lot of friends during the programme, such as students aspired in empowering women and ending the global water crisis. An extensive network with other humanitarian enthusiasts will provide Thandiwe with immense support. Although the time for Thandiwe to shine in the journalism industry has yet to come, her extensive knowledge and network will make her valuable.

Written by:
Cliff Tse
Year 3, Faculty of Arts
April 2018

Sharp Tools Make Good Work