The World Scholar’s Cup

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When I just started out in the World Scholar's Cup, I was a bum­bling mess of ner­vous­ness and stut­ters. Nev­er­the­less, I was ex­cited to start out on my jour­ney in this com­pe­ti­tion, and I never thought that I would be able to wit­ness Global Jaya suc­ceed in send­ing six ju­nior teams and five se­nior teams of three mem­bers each to com­pete in the Mel­bourne Global Round. This sea­son, I got to watch ner­vous first-time schol­ars find both con­fi­dence and suc­cess in a fun, emo­tional ride.

In the World Schol­ars Cup, stu­dents com­pete in the cat­e­gories of de­bate, writ­ing, a chal­lenge with mul­ti­ple- choice ques­tions, and a team bowl. While en­dur­ing the cold Mel­bourne air, mem­bers of Global Jaya's WSC team ex­changed ar­gu­ments and re­but­tals with con­tes­tants from all around the world. Dis­cus­sions oc­curred on top­ics span­ning from the his­tory of diplo­macy to the study of black mar­kets. Ac­com­pa­nied by their new­found stuffed al­paca friends, our schol­ars laughed and cheered at the ques­tions they got right as a team dur­ing the scholar's bowl.

This year's Global Round not only of­fered us an op­por­tu­nity to com­pete on a global scale, but also to ex­pe­ri­ence Mel­bourne it­self. From the se­niors' Mel­bourne Univer­sity visit to the ju­niors' visit to Mel­bourne's Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, stu­dents got to see for them­selves the city and what it has to of­fer, re­sult­ing in a valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence of learn­ing and dis­cov­ery. Schol­ars also got to make friends with peo­ple from many other coun­tries dur­ing so­cial events such as the scholar's scav­enge and scholar's ball.

The awards cer­e­mony recog­nised the many achieve­ments of our mem­bers. Hard work paid off in the form of happy tears and count­less medals, while prom­ises to re­turn and suc­ceed the next year were made by those who didn't qual­ify. All in all, the Mel­bourne Global Round ex­pe­ri­ence was one that in­tro­duced many of us to new friends and mem­o­ries that will be cher­ished for a long time.

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