It was a great pleasure to take Korean A literature as an IB subject at BSB. When I studied in another international school, the environment allowed me to improve my English in a short time, but I needed to sacrifice my first language Korean. I still use Korean when I spoke with my parents and friends, but I never really had a chance to write a proper lengthy piece in Korean. I aimed to study at a university in Korea, but as I was not used to writing in Korean, I was afraid that I don’t have the sufficient Korean language skills needed at the university level in the future.
IB Programme at BSB
My parents and I believed that the IB programme in BSB is stronger than the other schools in Beijing, especially in Korean A, so I transferred to BSB. At the start of the programme, BSB Korean Teacher and University Counsellor Ms Kate Park said my writing skill was at primary level and that really shocked me by the fact that I cannot use the language properly. I was afraid that 2 years would not be enough to catch up and I almost gave up but thanks to the class work, assignments and detailed feedback from Ms. Park, I improved dramatically and that gave me a lot of confidence and potential. I am pleased to achieve an IB total score of 37 and I’m particularly happy to receive an IB score of 6 (out of 7) for my Korean A Literature.
Thanks to BSB, I am now confident that I have the Korean language skills for me to excel in a Korean university!
Reading different literature in the class also helped me to learn the modern history of Korea that I might not know if the school did not offer the choice. In order to understand the content of different literature that was released in a different period, I needed to research what happened at that year and discussed with Ms Park and other classmates. The class gave me plenty of knowledge and gave me a better understanding of different issues raised not only in Korea but also in other countries as well. I think studying this program at BSB is indispensable for those who need the transfer from the international environment to where they are from after graduation but also, I think this allows to take advantages of being an international school while maintaining own cultural identity.
Korean University Counsellor
Having a Korean University Counsellor at BSB made the process of applying for universities in Korea straight forward. There are different ways of entering universities in Korea. Depending on the length of time spent abroad, the times that applications open are different and depending on universities that are aiming for, we should either prepare university entering exams or focus on the IB diploma program. Additionally, they require a wider range of document and further, unlike other universities that application processes are all done online, they want us to send the actual hard paper copies of the document via international post as well. The international school where I was before I transfer to BSB had many problems due to this complex and confusing system. Due to lack of understanding of their Korean university system, I heard from the previous school’s students that their university counsellor could not give any help and this led them to face unexpected problems so before I came to this school I also worried if I miss deadlines and miss some document, etc. but this was not my case at BSB.
Our BSB Korean University Counsellor Ms Kate Park made sure I have every document that I needed in the right form that is sealed in an envelope with a school stamp and a signature of teachers or the counsellor and checked if recommendation letters were submitted successfully. She also gave me valuable advice when I struggled to write personal statements. She told us what each university is looking for and warned contents that should not be in the personal statement.
Having a specialized Korean University Counsellor at BSB helped me save a lot of time and allowed me to get an offer from where I dreamed for.
BSB made my dream come true!
Interview by Ms. Kate Park, Korean University Counsellor, Korean Teacher
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