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Angus:This project has given me a chance to share what I have experienced throughout my community service experience, and I view it as another good thing I have done to serve the community. The process of creating a website and gathering information, as well as interacting with my team members has been an invaluable experience for me, and I am grateful for the chance to take part in this project.
Jonathan:More than once, the thought of whether participating in Thinkquest 2008 had been the right one had crossed my mind. We had constantly been hampered by conflicting schedules and minor disagreements between group members who were unable to see the opposite partyís point of view. However, one thing I feel particularly proud of is the way we managed to resolve our differences and eventually pulled through as a group despite all our misgivings. Perhaps everyone has his forte in different areas; working in a group was all about learning to accommodate and accept each othersí less positive sides, at the same time building on each othersí strengths to press on towards the greater goal. Overall, this project has allowed me to learn more about the community involvement scene both locally and abroad, as well as learn more about what my teammates did overseas. Also, Iíve gotten to know more about my teammates better on a personal level .
Wai Kit:Thinkquest to me has really been a fruitful journey. Being the coder in the team, and yet having very little experience with cascading style sheets, Thinkquest really posed an interesting challenge to me. After referring to countless textbooks and refreshing the browser many times, my knowledge of another language really consolidated. However, more important than being more apt in coding was the resilience and perseverance this working process had taught me. Other than the vast amounts of practical skills I had to learn in order to work properly, I think that Thinkquest has really provided a platform for me to take a step back and get an overview of the subject, which in this case, Community Service. Being only involved in the process itself previously, I never thought out of just doing my job. However, through this competition, I saw the importance of Community Service on a societal level and really thought of how to advocate this event. All in all, this journey was more than a competition to me. It was a platform of learning, a channel to showcase skills, and more than anything else, a magnifying glass and a telescope that provides many perspectives to myself and I will never forget this learning experience.
JunhaoAs a group we chose Community Service as our groupís project focus as we as individuals have been active participants in Community Service. When we were given the chance to participate in Thinkquest, we readily took it up as we felt that it would be rewarding to be able to do a website to advocate Community Service, allowing us to do our part for the Community. Through this process, I feel that I have learnt many valuable lessons on how to handle group dynamics and juggle friendships with impending datelines. As the designer of the group, many of my initial designs were rejected by the members and thus I tend to snub my group for awhile. However, I soon realized that what I did was wrong and I tried my best to salvage the situation and together as a Team, we were complete the website. This Thinkquest experience would be one I would never forget and I would like to thank Oracle Foundation for this wonderful competition.