From Kindergarten to Year 13: Reflecting on My YCIS Learning Journey

Studying at YCIS is an ever-changing experience, and I’m always intrigued to see what is going to change next. This year, I’m particularly excited about the new flexible learning spaces that we have for International Baccalaureate (IB) students. We have a whole wing just for IB, complete with adjustable rooms and new furniture fit for different types of learning. I’d say my favourite thing is this diner-like booth area which is so cosy and makes you feel like you’re not even at school!

As I go into my final year at YCIS, I’ve begun reflecting back on my experience at the school. From kindergarten to high school, I’ve always loved YCIS. Maybe it’s the fact that the classes are small, and you really get to know the people around you. Maybe it’s the teachers, who are always there to help even outside the classroom. Maybe it’s the entire community: it’s tight-knit and warm, and even with all the people who’ve come and gone, there are so many people I’ve known for so long.

There’s no doubt about it — without studying at YCIS, which has been my home for over 13 years, I wouldn’t be who I am today. It sounds so cheesy and clichéd, but it really is how I feel. When I’m older and I look back on my school days, I’m almost certain I won’t remember half of the things I’ve learned academically. It’s the memories I’ve made and the experiences I’ve gained that will stay in my mind, hopefully for a long time.

Even though sometimes I complain — school is, after all, hard work — no matter what anyone else says, I know that YCIS and its impact on me is something that I will treasure forever.

By Ruth, Year 13, YCIS Pudong Secondary

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