It has been a month or so since our 2019 YCIS Qingdao Alumni, Josiah Mendes, started his journey as a freshman at Imperial College London. We are delighted to share with our school community the stories from Josiah. Every year, YCIS students receive excellent offers from higher education institutes across the world. For our students, a university is not only a place where they learn, but also a starting point of discovering the world and their future.
YCIS Qingdao: First of all, we would like to once again congratulate you on the outstanding result in university application. How is your study and life going? Are you enjoying the new environment in University?
Josiah: In both expected and unexpected ways, studying at Uni is so different from studying at YCIS! Being at one of the top STEM universities in the UK, if not in the world, means that the workload is significantly heavier and the environment is more intense & competitive. But, it is enjoyable, doing sophisticated hands-on work in the lab, and hearing from companies such as Apple and Intel on their latest developments within the industry.
My adjustment into the Uni environment has been cushioned by the fact that I still live at home with my family, a blessing in terms of both cost and convenience. I cycle the 11km from my house to Uni in 35mins each day, and come home knowing that there’ll be food on the table for me. Not having to worry about stuff like that is great, I love it. I’ve made lots of friends especially within my tutorial group, but I would still say my YCIS classmates are my closest friends and I miss them dearly.
YCIS Qingdao: Has the YCIS Holistic Focus helped you in your university life? Does it help in facing new challenges?
Josiah: YCIS’s Holistic Focus has, for sure, made a lasting impact on my life. My class in the university is very diverse, and we have students from all over the world. There have been multiple occasions where I’ve joined a conversation with my Chinese classmates using Chinese, only for shocked faces to appear, followed by “You speak Chinese???” (杨老师、陈老师、赵老师，谢谢您们！) Being exposed to so many different cultures at YCIS, it helped me to be adaptable and get along with many of my classmates regardless of nationality, unlike some of the others who stick with their own nationalities and cultural groups – Funnily enough, I end up hanging out more with the Chinese, Korean, Singaporean, and other Asian students than my “fellow” British students!
I’ve also been able to continue playing the sports that I learnt to love at YCIS, namely volleyball, basketball, and football. Having good grades is not my top priority, there are much more important things in life!
YCIS Qingdao: In your university application process, did you receive sufficient help from YCIS University Guidance Counselor (UGC)?
Josiah: I had the benefit of round-the-clock help and guidance from YCIS UGC. I got plenty of guidance on my personal statement. In regular sessions, the Counsellor helped me to realise what skills and attributes universities were looking for, as well as helping me discover the skills I already possessed.
▲The YCIS/YWIES University Guidance Counselor Team benefits from the expertise in higher education of over 20 counsellors, who come from different countries and have strong professional backgrounds. Some served as former admission officers in British and American universities; others were university lecturers, teachers, coordinators, and counsellors. They bring a wide range of skills, knowledge, and experience into one, to best suit the academic and social needs of each student during the university application process. | 耀中和耀华的大学升学指导团队由20余名来自不同国家及地区、具有丰富高等教育专业知识的顾问组成。部分顾问曾在英国和美国的大学担任招生官；部分则曾是大学讲师、教师、主管和辅导员。他们用自己所擅长的一系列专业技能、知识和经验，以及自己丰富的阅历及文化背景，帮助学生申请到最适合其学术和社会需求的大学。
YCIS Qingdao: Taking yourself as an excellent example among all the university applicants, what suggestions you would like to give to your YCIS fellows?
Josiah: The one thing I would encourage all YCIS students to do for their university application is, since we’re not a school with a large population, is to take part in as many activities as possible, don’t shy away from them. For my final 4 years at YCIS, I had a Co-Curriculum Activity almost every day of the week, and these experiences were both enjoyable and opportunities to boost my personal statement. In comparison to my university classmates, I don’t have the highest grades, so I believe talking about my personal projects was a huge plus for my university application.
We are impressed with Josiah’s sharing, both useful information about his university application, and his thrilling experiences in London. We sincerely hope that, with the help offered by our professional UGC team, more students will reach their dream university and hop on the bus for their new journey!