The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has been one of the great motivations of my life.
Participating in the Award was my great step towards exploring my own potential, capability and talents. It also taught me some life saving skills which I had no idea how to perform before.
I came to understand rather than just hear the phrase “Life isn’t always a bed of roses.” Even if it was a bed of roses, roses contain thorns no matter how beautiful they look and if we are not careful, sometime we might get hurt. So, the Award program has made me confident and I am happy that I joined it because if I didn’t I would still be a confused messed up girl.
For the Skill section, I chose music. More specifically I played guitar. I am really interested in guitar but the only problem was no matter how hard I tried the chords just didn’t come out well, but the Award has helped me a lot in that area as well as my teacher and my partner.
For Physical Recreation I took football as I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t good at it either. Only running fast and lingering around did not help me. Now I am really good at defence and my team has recently won a cup.
As for Service, I went to a school to teach the children Chinese, grammar, overall simple English, art, songs, and also read them stories and explained the meaning of the words they couldn’t understand. The children enjoyed a lot but so did we. It was slightly difficult to deal with their behaviour but it was good to serve them. Sometimes we cleaned areas which were quite dirty and littered. One time we went to a hospital and observed a doctor performing a leg operation, learning scientific facts and how to arrange gauze/bandages.
Our Adventurous Journey was one of the most exciting parts of the Award programme. We had our first journey (practice journey) in which we walked to Namo Buddha from Kathmandu University High School. It was quite fun and we collected a lot of information about our history, Buddhist culture and the life of Buddha from the monks, and the mandalas and pattas painted on the walls of the temple. Our next journey was the qualifying journey which was two days and one night. It was exciting, tiresome, and wet but nevertheless it was fun with the team.
The Award has taught me that we should be independent, confident, and that we should put our talent and service to good use. But it also taught me that team work is really important and only team work helps in surviving the worst in less time with less despair. In a team, every mirth, sadness and even tiredness and load is shared so no one will have to bear it alone.
Kathmandu University High School