As application season is in full swing, many seniors are working hard to prepare for their college application portfolios, while other high schoolers are still exploring their visions for their future lives. In the past months, SHISD welcomed more than 30 universities from a variety of different countries to hold college visits, providing students an invaluable chance to interact with the admissions officers and to know more about the school. Yale, Cornell, University of Chicago, Trinity College, Tufts, University of Toronto, Tsinghua, were among the many that gave important lectures to the student body and shared the latest admission information.
Yale University, Cornell University, and University of Chicago offered valuable insight and information to students in attendance. Held after school in Xianmian Annex Auditorium with more than 100 students from both the international and local division, the admissions officer, John Yi, provided a lecture on the Yale admission process. Focusing on the distinguishing feature of the Ivy League, ampersand, he stressed the idea that students can pursue multiple interests on campus. Opening various doors for students to pursue their interests inside and outside of class, Yale offers new opportunities for undergraduates to discover their passions.
Similarly, Michelle Trimpe from the University of Chicago reminded the students the wide range of courses they can choose as well as the creative extracurricular activities the school offers. She also highlighted the unique Gothic, Harry Potter style architecture of the school and the high-tech library available for students to do research.
From Cornell, admissions officer Kyle Downey stressed on their motto “any person, any study” and the particularities and cooperations between all seven colleges. Cornell not only provides an array of research opportunities and professors who are willing to know students on both an academic and personal level, but also an emphasis on the diversity of the student body. Mr. Downey also emphasized on the importance of Respect for the Nature to all Cornelians: protecting the close relationship between people and the Earth, acting in ways to live and work sustainably as it is a key theme in the school. Apart from the breathtaking views of due to the isolation, the outdoor sport events, music festivals, and night life also play a key role in Cornell student life. Unique university traditions such as skiing on Cornell’s hills are also a major attraction for many students while also mentally preparing them for the frigid weather.
On Nov 11th, Nanyang Technological University's director of admissions, Alan Phua, visited SHSID for the first time to host an information session. Mr. Phua said that he was deeply impressed and intrigued by the SHSID students who had been admitted to NTU. He toured the newly built ZhenTao building, walking though the upgraded media center and assembly hall, subject rooms, multifunctional conference room, and other specialized areas, which allowed Mr. Phua to see the resources available to SHSID students.
In addition, current twelfth graders are enthusiastic about applying to prestigious Chinese universities. The college counseling office had the honor of inviting teachers from both Tsinghua University and Fudan University to share the latest application details with the students.
On Nov 24th, Pro Vice Chancellor David Cardwell from University of Cambridge visited SHSID and hosted an information session in Zhentao Building Auditorium. Professor Cardwell was a very approachable person and he presented students with a deeper understanding of the education system upon which Cambridge is built. He also provided us with a general guideline for what’s expected of an applicant from a Cambridge Interview, motivating the students to prepare thoroughly.
October and November college visits motivate many young students to work harder to reach their dreams while providing the seniors with key advices that are immensely helpful in the admissions process.