Eming Shyu: Service Leader for World of Enrichment
Eming Shyu (Taipei American School ‘21) is one of the executives at World of Enrichment. World of enrichment is a club at TAS that works with the educational bureau of Taipei to bring English education accessible to local students from grades 3 to 5. Eming’s involvement in World of Enrichment assisted the club to expand into one of the biggest service-based organizations at Taipei American School. As a leader for Speech and Debate, Honor Committee, Class Government, and more, Eming brings his valuable leadership experience to World of Enrichment as they communicate on a daily basis with elementary school principles and representatives at Taiwan’s Ministry of Education. We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to interview Eming, currently a junior at Taipei American School, and discuss his experiences in retrospect as a leader for a very successful non-profit organization as well as his advice for aspiring leaders.
Eming’s “story” with World of Enrichment:
Eming’s story began as a freshman in high school. As a curious student and as a well-known member of the school community, seniors who founded World of Enrichment reached out to him. They introduced the aims of this club to Eming, who was genuinely intrigued by their idea. Ever since Eming was a kid at Taipei American School, he often longed at passing his experience as a Taiwanese- American to local students and paying back to the local community. After a few meetings and sessions mentoring kids at local elementary schools, he became more and more drawn to this activity. His prolonged involvement in World of Enrichment brought him to where he is now; an executive officer for World of Enrichment. Eming often contacts the Department of Education, who mediates the talks with the elementary schools that World of Enrichment operates with. Eming holds talks/negotiations with the school principles and English teachers at venues provided by the Department of Education.
The Meaning of World of Enrichment to Eming:
World of Enrichment holds a special place in Eming’s heart. To Eming, World of Enrichment is more than a column on his Common Application. World of Enrichment is a valuable learning experience for him and the kids they are teaching. Ever since his involvement in World of Enrichment, he has been witnessing the improvement of the kids he has been mentoring. It doesn’t matter how good or bad their English was when they started. Seeing those kids improve overtime is always extremely rewarding for educators such as Eming. During club outings for World of Enrichment, Eming capitalizes on creating a personalized connection between educators like him and the students. Every single child they mentor knows their teacher by name. Over time, their bond increases as well as children’s willingness to learn and participate.
Advice for the Next Generation of Leaders
“Joining or creating a service club should not be about doing it for college applications.” -Eming Shyu. That is the most important advice from Eming to the next generation of student leaders. Service is for a reason. Period. It is not wrong for people to opt to focus on something else to help the community. Service clubs are one way of doing it and one should only join or start a service club if it is for a genuine motivation to “serve” the local community. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Eming is a perfect example of one dedicating himself in the service of others. Eming believes that focus and perseverance are qualities and philosophies that set up students for success. One should focus on the few things that he or she is interested in instead of trying to accomplish a “well-rounded” student; once the student determines what to focus on/capitalize upon, he or she should persevere. Challenges exist in every event for everyone; it is the ability to identify those challenges and persevere that in Eming’s opinion set students up for further success. To Eming, being a leader is not the same as being a boss. A leader should not be an authoritarian dictator, ordering the members around or simply giving tasks to the members; a leader should be actively involved in accomplishing various tasks and helping members accomplish tasks. Running a club is a collaborative experience. Instead of saying “go do this”, a leader should aim for “let’s do this together”.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'”
Ask yourself this: "What can I do for my local community?"
Should you have any further questions or inquiries, you may reach out to Eming at firstname.lastname@example.org. This article was written by Patrick Lin in April of 2020 as part of the Student Alliance’s Student Stories. You may find more information about such stories on our website www.thestudentalliance.org and Instagram @thestudentalliance. Thanks for reading!