Following outstanding results in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, former student Hyewon (Chloe) Lee is now studying at one of the top universities in Korea.
In her final year at ACG, Chloe was the student leader responsible for the cultural portfolio, dedicating her time and energy to bridging the gap between international and domestic students. She graduated in first place in the International Diploma Programme at ACG Senior College in 2018.
She’s now studying Humanities, Arts and Social Science at Yonsei University, one of the country’s most prestigious tertiary institutions. Eventually she’s interested in working in the media industry as a producer or director.
Chloe said the application process to get into Yonsei was particularly tough as the deadline coincided with her final internal exams at school.
“The application procedures for Korean Universities are complicated and there are massive amounts of documents to prepare, so it was not easy to handle both my school work and university application work.
“But I have been dreaming of becoming a freshman of Yonsei University after I graduate from high school and this hard process gave me a stronger conviction that I really want to study in this particular university,” she said.
She said balancing her academic goals and leadership duties at school had given her many skills that she is putting to use at university – and in life.
“Every experience as a student leader was a challenge to me and I felt a sense of accomplishment. This feeling of success helped me to set bigger goals and became my driving force to go beyond my limit,” she explains.
For students hoping to follow in her footsteps, Chloe’s advice is to get involved and participate in a range of activities and experiences outside class.
It’s a philosophy that’s shaping her decision for the future, too.
“I still need to experience and learn more to know where I’ll be in future,” she says.
“Experience is the best weapon to become an expert in a specific career field, so I want to experience as much as possible at university and consider studying in a graduate school or leap into the business world when I finish.”
ACG Senior College closed in 2018. ACG Parnell College opened its new, purpose-built Senior Campus in January 2019, catering to students in Years 12 and 13, and offering a choice of Cambridge International and International Baccalaureate curriculums.