The Power of Service Learning: Phoebe Sun
Posted 03/02/2018 03:00PM

t is not uncommon for conversations with G12 student Phoebe Sun to revolve around themes such as global inequality for women, community service for disadvantaged youth in Beijing, or even ways for students to get involved in service learning activities here at Keystone. Since joining Keystone as a G10 student, Phoebe’s passion for getting involved in the community has been evident from the very beginning.



An open minded and ambitious student, Phoebe’s leadership roles have always centered around leading by example. Phoebe has been a dorm proctor since her first year at Keystone, a self-selected student Dorm council position. Phoebe has continuously dedicated her time to creating activities for peers and younger boarders, and fostering community amongst her classmates for their “home away from home”. Now, as Head Dorm Proctor in her senior year, her leadership skills have taken on a new role in which she trains dorm proctors in an effort to strengthen Keystone’s residential culture. From organizing Halloween parties in the residential halls to anonymously participating in Secret Santa traditions at the end of each winter semester with her grade 12 peers, her commitment to serving her community has not gone unacknowledged. 


Working closely alongside Phoebe in Keystone’s Service Council, Juli James, Dean of Residential Life and Global Service Initiatives, describes Phoebe as “a true student leader who has shown a willingness to be helpful in hundreds of activities from color runs to Christmas parties and puts in 120% effort in all of her leadership roles.”


The opportunities that Keystone has provided to its students have allowed Phoebe to expand her leadership prowess beyond China. Experiential Learning, a critical component in a Keystone education, have afforded Phoebe the opportunity to participate in service learning trips to Botswana with Head of School Malcolm McKenzie, Science and Humanities camp in Russia,  just to name a few. By her own volition, Phoebe’s investment in experiential learning and service learning trips has led to deep personal growth and has aided informing her decisions for life after Keystone.



A student unafraid to embrace challenges, Phoebe has not allowed her academic and extracurricular merits to intimidate her fellow Grade 12 peers. During the complex US college and university admissions process last autumn, Phoebe’s academic accomplishments shined as she gained early acceptance to a top ranked liberal arts school in the United States, Middlebury College. Despite learning of her early admissions in December, Phoebe chose to not disclose her results to fellow classmates for fear of adding external academic pressure onto them.        



Humble, ambitious and considerate, Phoebe is a student leader who leads by compassion as she pursues her interests within academia and through various service learning activities. When asked about the opportunities for self-growth at Keystone, Phoebe’s response is simply: “When we are at home we have actually have access to information and resources from all over the world because we have internet now. If you ask any one of the other students who also participated in those trips, it broadened our horizons. By participating in those global trips, I did not limit myself as a global citizen in only a Chinese way.    


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