What were your experiences of the IBDP?
I believe the IBDP has changed the way I think about the World and myself. So in Korea I learned how to memorise the knowledge, but in the IBDP I learned how to think for myself and how to utilise the knowledge I had learned in the classroom. The workload of the IBDP was huge, with the handling of 6 subjects plus other activities like Model United Nations and Prefects. I would define the IBDP with two words, enlightening and challenging.
I had to overcome some roadblocks along the way, such as biology, due to the fact there was so much English terminology involved. Of course covid-19 presented challenges too, meaning we had to study online, it was a struggle to focus at first, but the teachers in BIS were really supportive and helpful in me regaining my focus, as the online learning was incredibly well designed, and I came to love the school even more after the working from home period.
Can you tell us about your non-academic activities?
I had already mentioned the Model United Nations and the Prefects, and on top of that I was involved in the Saigon Enterprise Challenge. I can't express how much these activities helped shape myself, it made my work load a lot heavier than the IBDP itself, but I found myself really appreciating it, and especially as a business student now, I felt that founding my own business as part of the Saigon Enterprise Challenge was a life changing experience! I was able to set up an enterprise with my classmates that was able to be involved in the community, by offering jobs to the less abled to raise awareness to several causes, and it made me feel that I could impact the world with business.