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Meet our student: Henry

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Can you please introduce yourself to our LIS community?

Henry: Hello, I am Henry Shin who graduated from LIS earlier this year. I started studying at Léman in 2015, so I spent longer than 5 years at Léman! Out of many international schools in Chengdu, I chose to study at Léman, because I liked Léman’s facilities, learning environment and spirit. I especially liked Léman’s sports facilities! I still remember the days I went up to the wide football pitch to practice football. Léman is like a home for me where I share many memories with it.

 
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How did you apply for universities? Which universities are you accepted by?

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.

 
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What have you enjoyed most during your learning journey at Léman? Have you had any challenges and how did you overcome them?

Henry: Over the last 5 years at Léman, my favorite part was going on field trips with the people in my grade. We traveled to different parts of China. As we spent more and more time together outside of school, we made many unforgettable memories. This strong community spirit we built also helped to overcome the challenges I had during the IB Diploma. We cheered and encouraged each other when we were having a hard time and wanted to give up. If I were alone to complete the IB Diploma, I would have never been able to pass it.

As a Léman graduate student, what would you like to say to our students?

Henry: Alongside the high-quality education Léman offers to students, I also appreciate Léman for providing opportunities for students to participate in diverse activities. Being a part of Nord Anglia Education means a lot more than just what it says. It means our school is connected to many other high-quality schools around the world. As we actively interact and collaborate with them, our students are able to gain more knowledge and become more competitive. Moreover, providing the IB Diploma program is another huge takeaway that Léman students can have. Although completing the IB Diploma is not an easy path, I am confident to say that it will make you both externally and internally strong. Despite all the hardships that I went through during this university application procedure, the experiences that I learned from the IB Diploma allowed me to stay firm and strong.

What are your suggestions for our students to prepare for university?

Henry: It might be a bit early for some of you to think about your university, but I would suggest you start looking for what you are interested in now. It does not have to be something special or academic. If you can decide which major you would like to study at university early, it will make your application process a lot easier. If there is nothing that interests you, I highly recommend you to start participating in various activities such as sports, cooking, playing instruments, etc. Researching about universities is another good way to prepare for your application. That will give you the information about what documents or tests you need to take. Also, I want to let you know that not only does the reputation of universities matter, but also the colour of the universities is something that you need to consider. Remember that going to university is not just about studying or gaining knowledge. It is a big step forward in your life where you can explore new things!