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Oxbridge and Ivy League University Offers for YCIS Students

April, 2013
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It certainly looks to be another exciting year for the Years 13s at Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing). Already this year, several of YCIS Beijing’s future graduates have received offers from world-class universities across the globe including University of Cambridge and University of Oxford. With many of the U.S universities set to start sending offers later this month including potential offers from Princeton and Harvard, the list of prestigious university offers only looks set to grow. However, some U.S universities have already extended their offers to some of YCIS Beijing’s eldest and finest. Sherry Gu is set to study Economics at Ivy League University of Michigan, while Daisy Chao will pursue her dream course of Art History at Ivy League University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), her number one choice when she submitted her university application. The students have all worked incredibly hard to achieve their dreams and deserve a great deal of credit for their efforts.

ycis-uni-offer-sherry-daisyThese offers are a culmination of a huge amount of research and preparation that is put into the University Guidance Programme at YCIS Beijing in which students work with the school’s University Guidance Counsellor. It is never too early to start thinking about university. However, it is important that time is given for students to develop their own interests and abilities. Ryan Jordan, University Guidance Counsellor at YCIS Beijing states “I formally start working with students regarding University Guidance during Year 10 (age 14). I’d suggest for parents to talk to their children about what subjects they are strong in as well as something they have a passion for, and take an active role in how they are developing both socially and academically.” 

During the later years of secondary education, the considerations for university selections are focused on in rigorous depth. However, to ensure that students are fully prepared for what awaits them at the prospective universities, several key areas are visited. Jordan explains, “From Year 10 through to 13 we do everything possible to make sure students make the right choices for them. We cover necessary skills such as note taking and working in groups, as these are key aspects that will aid them not only during secondary school but university life as well. There are also factors that need to be taken into account such as discussing fears and expectations of that first year at university, goal setting and stress management. Another vital consideration is developing a strong character within our students. We look at topics such as imagery and self-perception in our Character Education classes to remind our students to be themselves. Knowing themselves is the first step to choosing a major and an eventual career,” says Jordan.

In Years 12 & 13, (ages 16-18) YCIS students actively engage very in Creativity, Action, Service (CAS), one component of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB). “Earlier in the year, we held a CAS Fair to provide students with opportunities to establish links with local and global enterprises with the goal of getting involved with community service projects and volunteer work.” 22 NGOs came to the CAS Fair including the Migrant Children Foundation, UNICEF and the Chi Heng Foundation. “We encourage the students to volunteer in the hope that the experiences will remain with the students long into the future. This will help their growth and social development in addition to building character and hopefully motivate them to continue doing volunteer work when they start university and beyond.”

Congratulations to all the students for their wonderful achievements and good luck to those waiting in anticipation of their incoming university offers.


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