Student Blog

  • My Achievements Over the Years and What I will Miss When I Leave

    I first came to YCIS Shanghai in Year 5, six years ago. I did not speak a word of English but was fluent in Chinese. One of the main reasons why I came to YCIS was that the school welcomes students with no English experience. But through a four-level system and six months of hard work, I became fluent in a completely foreign language.

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  • The Importance of Learning Experiences Outside of the Classroom

    Education should never be simple or monotonous. It requires diversity. In other words, classroom education should not be the only type of education, as activities outside the classroom are important, too.

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  • How I Developed a Passion for Music at YCIS Shanghai

    Throughout my childhood, I dipped my toes in many different hobbies. My interest in these hobbies would never last, for I was a frivolous fledgeling with a frighteningly short attention span. I would continue to engage in plenty more short-lived pursuits until my later years in Secondary school.

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  • Being a Part of an International Community at YCIS Shanghai

    It feels amazing to be part of such a friendly and compassionate community at YCIS Shanghai. Because YCIS is an international school, there are many people from a variety of different backgrounds and being part of this community has helped me connect with students and teachers from all over the world.

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  • Co-Curricular Activities at YCIS Shanghai and the Power of Gamification

    When I was in Year 7, I was introduced to the Creativity, Action and Service programme (CAS) and the idea of working on projects aimed at improving our society. This got me thinking: “What would be something that I could do to directly contribute to the YCIS community, while also helping me develop my skillsets, such as planning and leadership?” I wanted to create something that was both fun and educational. 

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  • My Favourite Places to Study on Campus

    I really like that our school offers so many places where we can work in private. So, every time I study, I try to find a quiet place without too many people.

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  • Exploring Opportunities for Innovation in Design & Technology

    Last summer, I participated in the Design and Technology summer camp that was provided by my school, YCIS Shanghai, Pudong. Design and Technology (DT) has always been one of my favourite subjects, and I was overjoyed to get to spend almost two whole weeks doing just that. From the start of the camp, I knew I wanted to make a coffee table, except I wanted it to be modern, unique and different from all the others out there. Some research led me to an idea of a river table, which is a wooden table with a resin “river” running through it. The only catch was, although we had the materials to do so, I would be the first student to make a table using resin like this. 

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  • Opportunities for Leadership at YCIS Shanghai

    When I began attending YCIS Shanghai in August of 2015, I was open to many opportunities for developing leadership skills. 

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  • My Top Five Chinese Snacks

    Living in China provides so many opportunities to try new and exciting foods. Here are some of my favourite snacks that I can enjoy in China.

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