Seven years ago I decided to study abroad, leaving Hong Kong which is my home country to a completely different place and surrounding to start a new school life. I think for most overseas students, homesick is a major concern, however both Downside boarders and day pupils, from overseas and the UK are very friendly and welcoming. For me, homesickness faded away in just a matter of time.
Studying abroad brought many challenges but also key skills in life. For most overseas students, English might not be their mother-tongue. This can present challenges in lessons at first. However, learning English has not been difficult with the aid of teachers and especially the EAL department (English as Additional Language). From my own experience, the decision that I made to study abroad was not a regret. I think for a lot of teenagers in our generation don’t have the ability to be independent, for example: time management and organisation. Acquiring an education abroad, especially in a boarding school, forces you to learn these key skills that are very important in the long run.
Next year in September 2022, I will hope to study civil engineering in Imperial College London (ICL) or University College London (UCL). At this moment I am studying Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics. In addition I have decided to undertake and completed the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) with the title ‘How does Mathematics can help us to solve the Rubik’s Cube?’.
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