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Congratulations to BWYA HS Graduate Rebecca Wang

June, 2017
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Rebecca Wang, High School graduate of Beijing World Youth Academy (BWYA), is going to McGill University in Canada to study finance, psychology and computer science.

bwya-hs-graduate-rebecca-wangI am feeling a mixture of relief and melancholy, spiced with a slight disorientation and exhilaration that comes up when I imagine my future University life. So, this summer I will play hard and preview university materials to prepare for the not-so-distant battle. 

I’ve been studying at BWYA since the second semester of Grade 6. I made several friends that I will treasure for life. Here are several reasons why BWYA is special. BWYA has several campuses, relatively small in size. All IB Middle School and High School students study at Wangjing Campus. There are no more than 50 students in our graduating grade, so making acquaintance with every student in your grade possible.

I’d say being MC of the 2013 December Talent Show was the most unique and interesting memory out of all the great memories of my time at BWYA. I was so glad when I got the announcement that I’ve passed the competitive audition and was chosen to be an MC hosting the 2013 December Talent Show. It was my first time standing before such a large crowd. I showed great enthusiasm and devotion when preparing for it. I also added a creative aspect by bringing my violin as a prop to introduce the school orchestra performance. On the big day, I pulled it off nicely. Frankly, I was quite proud of myself. Overall, it was really fun and interesting.

I did IB in High School. I chose English HL, Chinese A, Math HL, Economics HL, Biology and Visual Art HL. I managed to do them well.

In terms of lessons learned, I believe that a fall in a pit is a gain in your wit. I’ve made some mistakes and learnt from them. My ability to juggle school assignments, life outside school and sleep is something that made my High School life challenging yet enjoyable. I would give myself moments of relaxation after a long period of intense study, such as enjoying a nice Japanese meal or watch a movie I longed to see.

High School life is tough; it is hard to balance social life, sleep, GPA, and entertainment. When you allow yourself to watch YouTube videos until 2am, you know you probably can’t hold your head up during your lessons. When you spent all your time after school researching and typing that Biology IA, you know your drama series have to wait.

A word of advice may not be amiss here: always put your assignments and study as the priority. If you put your time in a jar, first place in the big tennis balls of ‘school stuff’. Then put in smaller pea size ‘sleep’. Finally, fill that jar of time with small sand particles of other things in your life.

I have been studying in international school for six and a half years. International school prepared me by teaching me valuable principles and accustomed me for lecture-style teaching and research assignments. I developed solid essay writing skill and research skill.

Advice for fellow students: As Theodore Roosevelt once said: “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who knows great enthusiasms; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” (Roosevelt, 2017)

Be well, try hard, may all your wishes come true and may the odds be ever in your favor. 

 

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