Tell us about your background…
I started BIS HCMC in Year 5 at the former Tu Xuong Primary Campus. Prior to BIS, I had only ever been exposed to those who are like me, kids who were born and raised right here in Ho Chi Minh City: that meant we spoke Vietnamese every day at school, had a flag-raising ceremony every Monday and were permitted to nap after lunchtime.
Therefore, coming into an international environment, especially one as diverse as BIS, was extremely daunting for me. But this feeling soon disappeared as I got to know the teachers and students who have since become close friends and esteemed mentors.
How would you describe your time at BIS HCMC?
I have always thought that a school should not be judged by its facility or faculty, but rather by its community – and it is not by chance that this is where BIS excels. It is a place where I was lucky enough to never feel like I’m alone, even on my first day at Tu Xuong when I could barely speak a word of English.
BIS is a place of immense kindness and warmth that made learning a joy to be had every single day. Here, I’ve found myself a group of tight-knit friends and mentors who I still regard as family.