1. How did your decision to join The British School of Guangzhou change your life?
Fun fact about me, I joined BSG twice, because it’s that good! I joined when I was in Year 7 and I came back to do my A-levels in Year 12. I had the privilege of studying at an international school as I have lived outside of India my whole life. It changed my life in a way as I became more confident, and this helped me develop my personality and individuality, and making lifelong best friends along the way. With an amazing trip to New York in Year 9! It helped me become the person I am today.
2. How did the BSG community inspire you to achieve your goals and guide you through your education?
I credit BSG for a lot of things, but I also got the opportunity to study Psychology at A-levels. The teachers I had at A-Levels were extremely supportive and gave me a helping hand in any way I could possibly get. The environment made me feel comfortable and helped me navigate my four courses at A-Levels in the best way possible. The community at BSG feels safe and feels at home, if I could go back to high school I definitely would.
3. Which extracurricular experiences at BSG do you think helped shape you as a person?
The extracurricular experiences at BSG are so broad, you could literally get involved with anything! I did production since year 7 and it really helped contribute to my confidence and to the growth for me as a person. You really engage with yourself and others around you, everyone around you is so motivating it really encourages you to show your best self and put on an amazing show for an audience! I also was involved with the building of sets and backstage in Year 13, another opportunity for you to develop and enhance your artistic and visual skills.
4. On reflection, what did studying A-Levels do to set you up for success at university?
A-levels are definitely not easy, there is a lot of content to remember and you are fully in charge of what you take away from classes, and what effort you put in towards your respective courses. But I loved doing A-levels, as I had a say in what subjects I could do, as this entirely motivated me as I was learning what I was interested in and see myself studying it in the future. And that is one of the main reasons I came back to BSG. But my teachers really helped me when I needed it if I was struggling in a particular topic. The teachers are committed to helping and motivating you simultaneously, and also helped me develop my skills centring around self-study, which is what university is about.
5. For current A-Level students, what advice would you give them as they look towards applying for university and figuring out their future careers?
First off all, I will say cherish your last few years of high school! They are amazing and make most of your experiences. I miss BSG a lot and the whole high school experience. Anyway, applying to university is definitely not easy! There is a lot to consider, from destination and to what you want to study. Try to check out the resources and books in the university careers library will really help you navigate and break down your ideas and give you clues as to what’s the best option for you. Spending time on what classes or subjects you like at school can also give you a vague idea as to what you like. Also, trying to seek help from the support that is provided to you at school!
6. For families considering BSG for their child, what would you say to them?
The community and environment at BSG is so wholesome and welcoming, it makes you feel at home. You should fully choose BSG for your child as students are so encouraging and kind. They will be exposed to different activities they can get involved in, whatever their interest, they will find themselves and their own skills.
7. Looking to the future, what’s your plan after university?
Right now, I am completing my dual degree in Bachelor of Social Work (Honors) and Social Sciences, which will take me another four years. After I am looking to do a Master’s degree in counselling in Australia, as I am keen on helping people. Let’s see where the future takes me and go with the flow!