After leaving Stamford, I plan to attend Boston College for an undergraduate degree. I chose BC because of its all-rounded, Jesuit philosophy and for its location in Boston, one of my favourite cities. I’m going there as undecided, but I’m thinking of majoring in physics. The college counseling department at Stamford was a great help to me, where Miss Cheah, my college counselor, helped me write some great college essays and choose some solid universities to apply to. In fact, she was the one who suggested I apply to Boston College, so I owe it to her to be going there. After leaving, one of the greatest things I miss about Stamford is the small size of the grade, as this encouraged a sense of closeness and familiarity with my peers. However, I will also miss the teachers at Stamford who made each class exciting and fun, giving me a good environment to study and learn. In fact, the lessons taught by these great teachers are what will help me the most in the future, especially because they give me a unique perspective to understand life. At Stamford, I was also able to utilize the multiple learning pathways well, taking a total of four APs in addition to the full IB diploma. One of the cool things about a small school like Stamord is that everything is very flexible, especially because of the sense of intimacy and understanding with your teachers. As such, I was allowed to give up my study block in grade 11 for an additional HL class, as well as to take two self-studied AP tests in the midst of the IB diploma. I’ll really miss this flexibility that allowed me to reach out and explore. I also explored quite a lot of extracurricular activities, particularly the varsity tennis team and musical opportunities. In seventh grade, when the tennis courts had just been built, I had the honour of being part of the first tennis team of Stamford, and I continued that all the way to today. In my senior year on the team, it was a unique learning experience to serve as a role model for the younger members of the team, and we definitely grew some really strong bonds. I’ll also miss playing the Stamford Orchestra, where I had the opportunity to play the violin, piano, and double bass, all in the same concert, at one point. It was also an interesting leadership experience when I conducted the orchestra during the 2019 graduation. All in all, I will really miss the place I called home for the past six years, and look forward to seeing how it will change as time moves on.