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1. Please tell us your plans including which Universities you have applied and what subject you plan to study?
I have applied to University College London, Kings College London, University of Nottingham, University of Birmingham and University of Bath to major in Pharmacy. I have received conditional offers from all of them.
Since UCL is my firm choice and I have satisfied the condition, I will be going to UCL in September this year. I am looking forward to studying Pharmacy at UCL.
2. Looking back at the years of studying at BSB, how would you to describe this experience?
BSB has taught me a valuable lesson. I joined BSB in Year 9. At that time, my English was not good, so I had to take the EAL class for three years. Mr Sheridan taught me English in a friendly environment where my classmates and I could improve our English very fast. Moreover, I even challenged myself to take the English course for IB. At first, I could not actually see myself improving in English but looking back, my English has improved a lot. I started as an EAL student but ended up with native language skills, achieving great results in my IB English A Language and Literature. So, at BSB I learned that self-challenge and persistence are very important.
3. How has studying at BSB helped you achieve academic success/ university acceptance/ personal development?
One of the biggest academic success I achieved during my EAL journey is a CAE language certificate which is commonly accepted for universities. Moreover, I became more confident in speaking in English with other people. I think this helped me improve my grades for IGCSE. During my IB, I approached my teachers for help by asking many specific questions. What I most appreciate is that all of my teachers never hesitated to resolve my questions and suggest different solutions.
I cannot stress enough that teachers at BSB are not there just to teach you, but they are people who are always willingly guide you in the right way. I got accepted to various universities worldwide. I think I would not have achieved what I have achieved without the help of my teachers.
4. Please give us 2 of your best memories from your time at BSB.
I have many pleasant memories during the time at BSB. If I had to pick one of them, it would be the residential trip to Tanzania in Year 12. It is because it was my first time to travel to Africa and I had so many meaningful experiences through the permaculture project there. I was glad that I could provide direct help for the local people.
Another experience that will remain within my memories is just the daily school life where I learned about different cultures. BSB has provided me a space for sharing different cultures which I enjoyed very much.
5. What do you think is special about BSB?
I would say BSB has a very good, diversed culture. People here are from different backgrounds but they are all cheerful and kind. Another thing BSB is special for is their lunch! I never had major problems with it, while my friends at other international schools in Shunyi had many serious ones.
6. What advice do you have for other students at school?
I would suggest not to be absent from school for too many days. You will miss many contents on different subjects which are hard to catch up. Also, keep track of your time management and appointments with teachers or classmates.