Yong Quan comes from the sunny island of Singapore with a passion for international affairs, cultural research and community service. Throughout high school he developed his interests in global issues, economics, and dabbled a little into poetry. His favorite leisure activities include reading, going to the gym, and hanging out with friends. He became interested with the idea of travel when he learned Malay and spent his time in Malaysia and Indonesia while doing research on the cultures and history of both countries as part of his coursework as a Regional Studies Scholar. For the past two years Yong Quan has been serving with the Singapore Army as part of his National Service tenure, and he hopes to bring the lessons he has learned and his zeal for adventure into the inaugural Civic Semester cohort.