Henry: At the beginning of my 12th grade, I started applying to universities. It was difficult to decide which universities to apply to or which major to take because I was not entirely sure about what or where I wanted to study in the future. After having a couple of deep conversations with the teachers who know me well, I could make up my mind. I first applied to both British and American universities. To be honest, the application process itself was not as complicated as I imagined, because most universities used a common application portal like UCAS or Common App. However, some schools required more than just filling out personal detail or writing a resume. For example, I once had to produce a self-introduction video to show my filming and video-editing skills. After all that, I got an offer from most universities that I applied to, including Kings College, Boston University and the University of Bristol.
Unfortunately, I could not study at any of these universities due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Therefore, the only option I was left with is applying to Korean universities. To make a long story short, applying to Korean universities is a war against documents! I had to prepare more than 10 different documents for each university. It was especially harder for me because I never thought of applying to Korean universities and therefore had very limited time. Besides, the competition for Korea nuniversities is keen. For most universities, I had to compete with more than 10 applicants while the universities pass only one or two of people. Nevertheless, I eventually got an offer from Yonsei University Underwood International College to study in the HASS division.
Which university is your final choice? Why?
Henry: While I am waiting to hear from other universities, my final choice will still be the Yonsei UIC. This is not just because of the well-known reputation of Yonsei University. The main reason I would like to study at Yonsei UIC because it is an English-language based institution. Therefore, I would still be able to maintain my English ability even if I am studying in Korea. Furthermore, studying in the HASS division will allow me to gain knowledge from various fields of study instead of just focusing on one particular major. I think this is another big advantage as it will open a wider range of career paths for me in the future.
Congratulations to you on your enrollment in such a good university. Can you please share with us how you have successfully achieved your goal? What support did you receive from your teachers and school?
Henry: Undoubtedly, I worked very hard over the last 2 years in the IB Diploma to achieve 41 points out 45. However, without the experiences and values that I gained from Léman, this success would not be possible. By actively involving myself in many different kinds of activities, I was able to become a more creative and competitive individual. For example, the experiences that I had from the CISA Slam Poetry helped my interviews for universities, because I learned how to express my opinions in front of other people. Also, playing team sports or instruments in the orchestra group developed my leadership skills. I was also able to build a very strong bond with the teachers at Léman. They were not just teaching me a lesson about their subjects, but they also gave me some thoughtful life lessons that meant a lot to me. I am certain that all of these experiences are the keys to my success.