2020 graduate of SCIE, studying at Hongkong University
The four-year high school life was so wonderful and short. Four years ago, SCIE was just a small school in Shuiwei village. Although the environment was far worse than the current campus, it made students feel very comfortable and warm. After I entered the school, I made many friends, all of whom were excellent and hard-working, which invisibly led me to study harder. It is well known that the internal examination of SCIE was hard, since the average score of each test is from A to A*. This made me feel very anxious because I didn’t reach the average score at the beginning of the term. Later, through my efforts, most of my subjects have exceeded the average score, and it brought me a great sense of achievement.
As I became more familiar with the life in SCIE, I participated in many ECAs in my spare time. The most unforgettable club for me is sparkling, which is the oldest street dance club of SCIE.. Sparkling enabled me to stand on the stage of Christmas Concert, new year’s concert and SCIE talent show confidently. Facing hundreds of audiences, . this not only strengthened my courage, but also allowed me to meet friends with similar aspirations. Behind the wonderful performance on the stage was the effort of rehearsal training conducted by members of the club at least once a week.
In 2020, SCIE moved to Antuoshan, which has become more modern, as there were abundant types of entertainment facilities and diverse choices of meals. The most unforgettable thing for me is the beef burger in the coffee shop. Although I have to wait in a long line, my enthusiasm for it is still undiminished. I heard that the coffee shop has been expanded and refurbished, adding bread cabinets and ice cream cabinets. I really envy the students who can enjoy these!
Next, I would like to share some useful experience of my application with you. Although the application results are not satisfactory, there are some problems that you can avoid. I applied for the Economics major in Britain and Hong Kong. In fact, I originally wanted to apply for the Mathematics major, but considering the boredom of doing math problems for four years, I decided to give up applying for it. I have participated in some competitions and won small awards, such as NEC, IEO, mathematics competition SMC and ARML. I got over 90 in four subjects in the AS level— mathematics, furthermath, economics and physics. In the process of school selection, I confidently chose Cambridge and LSE as the sprint schools, and UCL and Warwick as the guaranteed schools. However, in the end, I only got the offer of Warwick’s economics department. In my opinion, the first thing that I did not do well was the PS, because I reached the last version of my PS the day before submitting it. The content was not insightful and innovative enough, and my enthusiasm for the major was not expressed in place, which indirectly led to my unsatisfactory application results. Secondly, I missed the DDL. During the process of applying for Cambridge, there was a document required to be submitted before the DDL, but I missed it, which also had a negative impact on my application. The last important thing is the language test. Since LSE requires a score of 7 in four parts of IELTS, my score at that time was 7.5 (6.5), so I didn’t submit it to UCAS. However, later I found that it should be submitted. Fortunately, I received an offer from the University of Hong Kong in January, so I decided to study in Hong Kong. Many friends that I met in the competition finally chose the HKU. Perhaps this is a good choice. Although the application season is anxious and tense, it is full and meaningful. It helps me learn to overcome difficulties and resist pressure.
I have never regretted that I chose SCIE, and I am grateful for everything I have experienced here.