What made you want to study abroad?
I’ve always wanted to study political science throughout my whole life. However, knowing that politics is not a well-developed and valued academic field in Taiwan, I made up my mind to study abroad so that I can be exposed to a more ideal education where poli sci is more than just “the politics in the government.” It is, in fact, a fascinating and interesting major to explore.
What’s the toughest part for you during the entire application process?
Only a few people applied to British colleges in Taiwan, and I basically knew none of them. So I had to figure out how to make a proper application all by myself. The process is really different from US college applications.
What do you think helped you the most?
It was a stressful time, and I wouldn’t get through it without support from my classmates and peers who were also applying abroad. We prepared for exams, did research on applications, and brainstormed our essays together.
What are some things you think you did well during the app process?
For the UK, it is really helpful to demonstrate your academic interest and knowledge in the field you are applying to. My extracurriculars are mostly politics related, so I could show to the colleges my profound interest in politics through formulating a good personal statement.
What’s the most regretful thing you’ve done during the process? What would you do differently?
I think I should’ve been more diligent in preparing for my SAT, or at least study smarter rather than just dive myself into loads of textbooks and practice questions.
What do you think soph, junior, senior students should do right now?
Soph: focus on your GPA, and start searching for opportunities that you are interested in.
Junior: put yourself out there, cherish any chance you can have. Most importantly, start preparing for SAT (and start taking it at the second half of your soph year) and possibly subject tests.
Senior: reflect on yourself everyday: is there something special in my life, or at least has significant meanings, that you can put in your essays/personal statement. Relax if you need to since life is especially hard this year.
Charlotte Lee, King’s College London ’23