What advice would you give to our current Sixth Form students? What should they be doing now to prepare for higher education?
Yudam: In my personal opinion, Mathematics and Korean are the most important subjects needed to be prepared. Students won't have a lot of time studying every Korean subject possible, so it would be better to focus on Korean maths and Korean language. They are probably the toughest subjects in high school, so it would be hard to catch up on those subjects if they aren't prepared beforehand. Also, it would be great if students learnt another language (Russian especially) and gain qualifications, since they would be able to get into foreign language high schools and get a good grade, allowing them to plan on entering high ranking universities. If they aren't thinking of the "foreigners-only" route which is very hard to take (there would be harsh competition going on), students would have to think of which type of high school they need to be in, based on their abilities and tactics. Getting good grades in Sixth form is also vital, but focusing on the Korean curriculum would also be important for students planning to get into Korean universities. Most of all, students should try not to rush and enjoy their life in ISM! It is a precious experience and memory for us all.
How do you see your future? What career path do you envision for yourself?
Yudam: I have many dreams and plans. Mainly, I see myself as a scholar studying pure science. If I get to continue working on my Russian, I could also work as a professional translator. I'm thinking of writing books as well, and I would love to see myself as a continuously hard-working, always-learning zealous individual.
Written by Yudam Son, February 2021