1. Please tell us your upcoming plans.
Starting in Sep 2018, I’ll be studying Bachelor of Economics at the Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.
As my Dad has studied Business in college, I always had a particular interest in this subject, as we usually talk about finance at home. However, studying Economics Higher Level in IB has made me realise the importance of studying Economics to further understand real life issues, such as economic development, international trade, and why recessions happen. Although I still like Business, I would prefer to study Economics, and then consider Business afterwards .
2.What do you think is special about BSB?
Studying at The British School of Beijing (BSB) Shunyi was my first time at a school that spoke English as a first language. I had trouble understanding some tasks and homework during my first year at BSB. With all support that the school provided me with, it was unsurprising to see that two years later, I would be studying English as a first language already.
Studying in BSB has been rewarding in many ways, and it is hard to describe how blessed and grateful I am for having the opportunity to study at BSB for four years of my life, and being able to graduate from here.
3. Please give us some of your best memories from your time at BSB.
Throughout high school, many events have been memorable for me, but going to Tanzania to do charity volunteer work was surely the most significant one.
All the Year 12 students perform various activities, such as building tables/desks for children to study on, constructing goat sheds with food support, building smokeless stoves, setting up solar panels for houses for electric availability as well as beginning the construction of a school. We also attempted to speak Swahili with the children as we sought to further interact with the locals and comprehend their culture and traditions to a greater extent.
We also had the opportunity to visit the safari for two days. We saw animals such as elephants, giraffes, lions and wildebeest and learn about their conservation. Living abroad has allowed me to come across different cultures and communities but going to Africa was incomparable to any other place I have visited. I usually travel with my parents or family so going to Tanzania with my friends and teachers contributed to the distinctiveness of this event, which made me appreciate this ‘once in a lifetime’ experience further.
Although my classmates and I have learned many skills throughout this process, such as the importance of helping others and why the wildlife should be preserved, I consider the most rewarding part of going to Tanzania to have spent a little time and effort into activities that has benefited Tanzanians.
4.What did you like about the IB Diploma Programme?
I took IB and chose to study Economics, Sport, Exercise and Health Science and Geography at High Level. I also chose to study English A Language and Literature at Standard level, Mandarin ab initio Standard Level and Mathematical Studies Standard Level. Although the programme was challenging at times, it was a life changer for me, as it helped me better understand how the world works. It also helped me further understand how to structure my assignments, which will be useful for me when studying at university.
5.How did you manage to enjoy school life?
Throughout my high school years, I sought to maintain a balance between my studies and my hobbies. I believe that hanging out with friends, playing football once in a while and spending time with my family did not limit educational success, as long as I found time to complete my homework, assignments and maintain the grades I wanted.
6. How do you like your experience in Beijing/China?
Adapting to this new style of living has been fairly fast and simple, as my school, friends and family have always been supportive.
Although it was tough, living in China has been enjoyable, and has taught me many skills which wouldn’t have been learned had I not come to China in 2014. I also appreciate the fact that coming to China has brought my family closer, which helped me cope with the challenges and difficulties that I had.
7. What advice do you have for other students?
My advice for those that are yet to graduate is to fully take advantage of studying abroad, by studying Chinese, trying your best at IGCSE and especially IB, it facilitates the process of university applications.