I was at BISW pretty much my whole life.
I enjoyed Year 12 because I bonded with all my classmates the most in that year. Also, in Year 12, there were new freedoms and new responsibilities.
I was in the Newspaper Club and the editor of it for a while. Before that, in Years 9 and 10, I was in the orchestra and played for school productions.
I knew I wanted to study media at university, so the Newspaper Club at BISW helped me prepare for my university studies and gave me a good foundation of teamwork skills.
It mainly prepared me in terms of academic writing through the EE, but it also taught me a lot about time management, which is important for the IB but also university—especially when you're trying to balance a social life and work.
The transition has had its ups and downs due to COVID-19, but overall, it has been a smooth transition considering all the restrictions and rules about socialising. Everything continues to be online. I got used to virtual school at the end of Year 13, so for me, it has not been a huge transition in terms of work. The biggest transition has been the social aspect.
I like the fact that there is a practice side to it instead of just all theory. In term 2, I get to spend 6 weeks developing projects for the practice areas I have chosen in media. For example, next term I will study animation and radio.
I like the college green area that sits outside the main building of my campus. It’s a nice grassy area, and it’s nice to sit there with your friends and hang out.
I would tell my Year 11 not to stress too much about exams because, while they are important, they do not determine everything in your future. For Year 13, I would say start revising for your exams early so that even when you finish the content you still have time to go over it again.