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Congratulations to CISB HS Graduate Kyle Guo

July, 2017
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Guo Kai Ou (Kyle), High School graduate of Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB), will be studying Biochemistry at the University of Toronto (UofT), St. George Campus.

cisb-hs-gradaute-kyle-guoWell, I was super excited after graduation, as it was the first and the only time that I will graduate from High School. I also feel very relieved, as I won’t need to worry about schoolwork or exams anymore. Yet these feelings are replaced with a little bit of sadness, when I realized that I might not be able to meet many of my classmates and teachers ever again, and I will be leaving CISB. My plan for the summer is to simply have fun in Beijing. Beijing is my home, and I will be leaving Beijing soon in the future, so I want maximize my stay. Concurrently I am working out with my personal trainer.

I studied at CISB for two years in Grade 7 and 8, and then I went to Canada for Grade 9 and 10, and finally came back to CISB for Grade 11 and Grade 12. In total, I have studied at CISB for four years. I have really enjoyed all four years at CISB, having met some of my best friends here.

The diversity of the students from different countries enhances the environment of CISB as an international school.

One of my best memories at CISB is the last badminton team practice when I was in Grade 11. My friend Walter Tan and I have been playing badminton as doubles partners for a couple of years, and I really enjoyed playing badminton with him. And I love badminton with all my heart; in fact, I am the school champion this year.

Being the academic leader of our school is something that I have never thought about before. In my eyes, I never saw myself as a ‘good student’. Throughout my Middle School life, I have always been one of the worst kids in the class. Even in Grade 11, I still didn’t belong to the group of ‘top students’. I think being selected as the academic leader of our school is something that I’m very proud of.

I took the full IB Diploma in High School: my subjects were English Language and Literature SL, Chinese Language and Literature SL, Economics HL, Biology HL, Chemistry HL and Mathematics HL. From the perspective of a High School student, I didn’t like the program very much, as we were often given a large amount of work, such as the Extended Essay and various internal assessments, leading to a tougher student life. During the exam period we didn’t know what sleep was during those days. Nevertheless, looking at all the world-class universities that we were accepted into, I must admit the IBDP truly prepares us for our future life in university.

As tough as it is, I still managed to enjoy my High School life. I played a lot of video games to relieve the pressure. Despite the fact that video games are constantly being criticized for ruining students’ studies, if managed properly I believe that it can help students to get rid of academic pressure. Moreover, I often talk to my friends and my girlfriend when I face difficulties, asking for their help to overcome the struggles that I face in my life.

I don’t think that time management is the key for success. I believe that different students have their own unique methods of studying. Personally, I have horrible time management skills, I did whatever I wanted at whenever I wanted to, yet I still did fine through the IBDP. On the other hand, my girlfriend makes a timetable that she strictly follows every day, and we both achieved success within our academics. I think that a student should do what suits them the best. If time management works for you, that’s great. If it doesn’t, then find your own way of studying.

I have studied in international school for a total of four years. Personally, I think that from an academic perspective, the education in an international school is no different to any other schools. However, I believe that the most valuable education that we receive in an international school is how we interact with students from all over the world, from Nigeria to Spain, from Finland to Saudi Arabia. We become aware, and learn to respect other people’s culture, allowing us to become global citizens. It certainly helps us in our future as we interact with people from other cultures in an already globalized world.

Advice for fellow students: You don’t know what you have until it is gone. We only treasure the abstract ideals we may never get or lament of our past losses we wish to get back, while so often we ignore what we have in the present. What is worth cherishing the most, however, is what we have in the present. To treasure the presents of the present is my advice to fellow students, as these ‘presents’ lay the groundwork for our future, because the present is the future, simultaneously.


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