Brendon, on the far right, is pictured with fellow former BISS Puxi students Ayaka Izumi, Alina Wallace Young and Victor Vandekerckhove in London earlier this year.
Name: Brendon Loo
1) Where are you presently working/studying?
Currently I’m studying Medicine at University College Dublin in the Republic of Ireland.
2) How has your BISS Puxi education helped you to date?
My BISS Puxi education has taught me valuable skills in interacting with people and has enabled me to build a social web of contacts from across the globe.
3) What did you enjoy most about BISS Puxi?
What I enjoyed the most about BISS Puxi was the sense of community the students and teachers gave me. It was the fact that you were not limited to making friends with the people in the same year but you could have many friends all throughout the school no matter age or where they come from.
4) Do you still keep in touch with your old classmates at BISS Puxi?
From time to time I still talk with most of my old classmates from BISS Puxi, using Facebook, Skype or other forms of social media. With many friends from BISS Puxi, we still plan trips together and I don’t plan to ever lose contact with them. Many of them I would still consider my best friends.
5) What was the inspiration behind your choice of university and course?
No inspiration really, I just felt like studying Medicine. With regards to university choice, I had relatives that attended this university and they recommended it.
6) What three pieces of advice would you give to students who are currently studying IB as they approach revision and exam time?
Firstly, don’t over load yourself, take some time to continue your hobbies as there is no point studying for long hours as after a certain point, things you revised won’t be remembered. Secondly, instead of forcing yourself to memorise your syllabus, try to understand the content and once you do, you will automatically remember it. Lastly, don’t hesitate to ask for help, asking someone a question will benefit the both of you and group revision does help a lot. ALSO don’t stress out too much.
7) What were the main challenges you faced studying IB?
Without a doubt the amount of coursework and essays was the main challenges as it’s easy to lose track of time.
8) How did your CAS experiences aid your learning?
Having to do other activities during the Creative, Action, Service program instead of constant working and studying made me a more well-rounded person. It’s no joke that the IB learner profile makes you a better student and a better member of society.
Thank you for your time Brendon.
Next week, we will be profiling alumni who’s currently studying at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
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