（The English version is appended below.）
世界聯合學院 United World Colleges (UWC) 始創於1962年，起源於德國教育學家 Kurt Hahn博士的教育理念，他認為如果能將來自不同國家、種族、宗教和社會階層的人聚集在一起，讓他們共同生活、相互學習與理解，可以為消除國家與地區間的衝突，接納彼此的差異並促進和平。UWC十分重視體驗學習、社區服務和戶外活動，也支持學生自發性創辦組織、發起計畫。
Hello everyone, I'm Joyce (郭羽婕), an 18-years-old graduating student of Taipei First Girls High School math gifted class. I was fortunately admitted by the United World College (UWC) Taiwan National Committee to enter the Pearson College UWC in Canada. I will study for two years of IBDP (International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme) courses and represent Taiwan in culture interchanges with other countries.
People kept asking me: "You are a Taipei First Girls High School student, and about to enter a good university. Why do you go to UWC for another two years of senior high school courses?"
Indeed, my GSAT (General Scholastic Ability Test) score was good enough for National Taiwan University. But I found UWC is very different from Taiwanese education. It allowed me to see another possibility of education and gave me the opportunity to change society, contribute to the world, and give back to my homeland. This school has gathered people from more than 100 countries from all over the world, and it provides many opportunities to go deep into the local area to volunteer, so that I can learn more things beyond schoolwork, try to challenge myself and serve people.
Fame and fortune is not my goal. What I want is to make my existence valuable and to have an impact on others. I realize that this is a rare opportunity, and I am ready to step out of Taiwan to face various challenges, spread the resources I have obtained, and let my country be seen by the world.
1. Let the world understand Taiwan
Taiwan has many precious things, and I want to introduce the beauty of Taiwan to the world.
(1) Epidemic prevention miracle and health insurance: People in Taiwan can lead a normal life that other countries can't imagine under the rage of COVID-19. Our well-planned system along with the nationals who cooperate with policies work a miracle of zero local confirmed COVID-19 cases for hundreds of days. In addition, Taiwan's health insurance system is also one of the best in the world, which can protect the health and old age of the people of the country, forming a virtuous circle, so that everyone can live with peace of mind.
(2) Democracy and freedom: Taiwan’s democratic system and freedom of speech is almost the most enlightened in the Chinese society, and I am very proud of this atmosphere. I hope that everyone can speak out their thoughts through forums and interchanges, so that it can break the prejudice against each other and let other countries hear the voice of Taiwanese students.
(3) Social movement: I am very concerned about the LGBTQ issues.
Taiwan's social movement is quite popular. Even I am just a high school
student, I have the ability to participate in social movement, such as the same-sex
marriage pride parade last year. After I arrive in Canada, I will continue to
invest in getting to know the local groups and learn their methods and spirit because
social movement is an unfinished road. Even if the constitution or legislation
has already given them legal protection, social concepts have not completely
changed, so I hope to continue to promote this concept after returning to
2. Establish an information platform for studying abroad
What should I do when I find that the Taiwanese education system is not suitable for me?
At the beginning, I was constantly looking for other resources, but found that there was very little information about foreign schools in Chinese. Therefore, I wanted to match photos or short videos with plain text, so that readers can watch them easily, and let everyone see the different side of life abroad.
UWC gathered students from more than 100 countries and is a perfect platform for high school students to communicate. Therefore, I will invite classmates and alumni from other UWC branches to share their experiences on the platform to make students’ voices more diverse, and even cooperate with high school and university students from different countries. I will translate them into Chinese, and try to open online Q&A, hoping to reach more people, and to provide Taiwanese students who are interested in studying abroad with sufficient information channels.
3. Connecting local Taiwanese children in Canada
Those Taiwanese children who grew up abroad have no real life experience in Taiwan. So they may be very unfamiliar with the culture of their ancestors. What I want to do is to introduce Taiwan’s cultural characteristics and current social conditions, and to link the memories of foreign countries and their homeland, so that they will not lose the opportunity to learn about Taiwan because they are in a different place.
4. hold a sharing session on studying in Canada and international education
After I have personally experienced the UWC education, I would like to share the characteristics of foreign education and how to view different education systems. In addition, the current information about UWC in Taiwan is not enough, so I want to promote and try my best to cooperate with the Taiwan Council to organize activities in order to make it one of the options for Taiwan’s high school students, so that students who feel confused under the education system in Taiwan have an opportunity to change their life.
United World Colleges (UWC) was founded in 1962 and originated from the educational philosophy of German educator Dr. Kurt Hahn. He believes that if people from different countries, races, religions and social classes can live and learn from each other, the conflicts between countries and regions can be eliminated, so that they can accept other's differences and promote peace. UWC attaches great importance to experiential learning, community service and outdoor activities, and also supports students to spontaneously establish organizations and initiate projects.
Remarks: IBDP provides courses equivalent to Taiwan's second and third year of senior high school, and obtains a senior high school diploma after graduation.
I come from Taiwan. My parents have an enlightened mind and trust me, so they allow me to arrange my time and never ask for my academic performance. That's why I have the opportunity to participate in many extracurricular activities to broaden my horizons, break the specific stereotypes, and look for my own interests. Because of my unique personality, I may be a "weird" in the eyes of my classmates and teachers. I have my own ideas, often participate in social movements, and explore more knowledge outside of textbooks.
Volunteer service make me learn to be grateful
During the summer vacation of high school, I participated in the camp which led students with congenital disabilities to organize activities and play games together as a counselor. I have experienced the companions’ hard work and perseverance, which made me learn to be grateful, cherish the happiness I had, and become more determined to continue helping others.
Science research cultivates my logical thinking ability
As a student of math gifted class, I have the opportunity to cooperate with university laboratories in research. In order to help areas with less resources to detect and treat rheumatoid arthritis early, my partner and I are committed to developing a convenient, fast and low-cost method.
Writing a topic report and school journal makes me think
I became a member of the student media and worked as a editor in it. I wanted to break the stereotype that "students can only study", write our thoughts from the perspective of students, and reflect on the current situation between internation and Taiwan without political pressure.
Proud of being a Taiwanese
I believe that the two years of studying in Canada will be a journey of self-cleansing, and it will also nurture me to have a strong spirit and the ability to help others and find out my own characteristics and existence value. Because I am proud of being a Taiwanese, such a solid backing prevents me from getting lost, and can more confidently share the beauty of Taiwan with people from different countries around the world, so that they can also be touched by us.
Electronic letter: Thank you for your support and encouragement. Regardless of the amount, I will write an E-mail to thank you.
Experience sharing Email: Within two months of arriving at UWC, I will write down my experiences from going abroad to UWC living there, including how to adapt to a different life and the cultural shock, and so on.
One-semester life video: At the end of first
semester, I will make a video of my experience and insights throughout the
semester, which will include schoolwork problems, other extracurricular
activities and campus environment.
Canadian postcard: Selected from Canada, hand-written and mailed.
local gifts in Canada: buy them locally and keep them mysterious now
Lectures on campus or other venues: It is expected that after completing two years of UWC studies (after June 2023), I will return to Taiwan and hold a sharing meeting. The detailed date, time, location and method will be discussed by E-mail.
Personal talks: It is expected to return to Taiwan after completing two years of UWC studies (after June 2023). I can share experience according to your requirements. The detailed date, time, location and method will be discussed by E-mail.
Canadian mission: As long as it is within my ability, I will complete it for you as much as possible. The follow-up task will be discussed by E-mail.
Postscript and thanks