Physical Education at ISD2023-03-20
Philip, who will graduate this May, has studied at ISD since 2018. After five years, he has received five acceptances from UK universities, including top universities, the University of Sheffield and The University of Glasgow, in the major of Computer Science. Philip shared his story and experience of studying at ISD below.
My Journey at ISD
After attending school abroad in various countries since childhood, I chose to learn at ISD. It was 2017 and I was looking for a school in Guangdong where I could further my English skills that I developed over the course of my international education. ISD was the perfect match! I really liked ISD’s atmosphere; it felt like I belonged here, and everyone cared about me for who I was. The downside of changing schools so often is that creating bonds with friends can be challenging, especially ones that last. However, after the first day at ISD, I was already on great terms with my classmates, and it made me want to stay here for as long as possible.
I firmly believe that the encouraging and supportive atmosphere of ISD contributed greatly to my success, and I think it’s the most outstanding aspect of ISD and its community. ISD also has a great variety of courses to choose from and combined with the passionate teachers here, it provides an excellent opportunity for students to explore their interests and their future paths. I remember taking Ceramics and Robotics in 8th grade and Photography in 9th grade. Those courses made me want to explore my own potential and interests. This desire for exploration became my drive to reach for success along with my peers.
ISD and its community has always encouraged me when it comes to trying out something new. The teachers never spared any effort in trying to help me with my studies. They communicated with students on equal terms, and would discuss with me the best step to take in order to achieve my goals. Whenever I asked for more learning resources, there has never been a time when the teachers refused or was unable to provide. This made me ask for assistance more often throughout the years, and I think it was a major factor in my continuous improvement.
My one and only advice to my fellow Qilins is to not be afraid to chase after what you think is the most exhilarating, worthwhile, and difficult experience or goal, be it academic, or anything related to your life. My favorite quote that always make me want to do my best whenever I think of it is “The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough” – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Always strive to be the best you can be!
How I chose my major
My chosen major, Computer Science, is an extremely competitive and advanced course that requires high grades and difficult IB subjects taken to be accepted. When I began the IB curriculum in 11th grade, my difficult subject choices of Mathematics Analysis and Approaches HL and Physics HL meant that my grades lowered slightly. However, I realized that I could overcome anything that IB throws my way with hard work and proper planning, which is what I did. By allocating specific times of the day to studying and catching up in areas that I was lacking in and I managed to bring my grades back up to a level that I was proud of.
People may wonder why I chose a difficult major. My passion for electronics and computers has been with me since middle school, where I got to participate in Robotics competitions and learn programming in Technology and Robotics class. I absolutely loved the logical yet creative aspect of computer programming, and when I considered that I have experienced so much joy from interacting with people online working on projects with them, computer science was the only major that made sense to choose!
With the offers I’ve received from the UK universities, I plan to choose the school that best fits my learning approaches and try my best there. I wish that I could have a fulfilling experience in university both in terms of academics and also in making friends while having a great time in general. After university, hopefully I can be hired at a wonderful company where I can apply the skills that I’ve developed at ISD and become more successful!
-Contribution by Philip, a Grade 12 student