Angela Yu joined Dwight School Seoul back in 2012 as a Grade 3 student at the brand-new campus. She is a member of the graduating Class of 2022 whose commencement exercise will be held on May 27. As Dwight celebrates our 10th year anniversary, Angela shares some of her insight and experiences during her ten years at Dwight School Seoul.
Do you remember your first day at Dwight School Seoul? What do you remember the most about that day?
I still have a vivid memory of my first day of school like it was yesterday. In the morning I was so excited to wear my Dwight uniform for the first time, and once I got to school I saw so many familiar faces from orientation. I have made many friends and I had so much fun to the point where I was surprised when I heard that school ended after my 8th period music class. There are so many events that happened, but the most memorable was when I received a warm welcome from my 3rd grade homeroom teacher Ms. Ore, and was amazed at how I had an option between Asian and Western for lunch. While this is not a memory from my first day, the PYP exhibition is one of my favorite memories from my time at Dwight as I enjoyed every step of the process and it was the first large-scaled project I carried out.
How has DSS evolved in the past 10 years?
As the Dwight community continuously grew, I feel like there are greater opportunities to explore what we are truly passionate about and what we enjoy doing. With more student-led clubs and extracurricular activities forming, it also gives us more chances to form friendships and share similar values.
What will you miss the most about Dwight?
I believe I will miss my friends, whom I have known for at least 5 years, the most. I have made such great memories with all of them. This includes going to cafes every Wednesday during middle school feeling like grownups, coding our website today till 10 pm, crying over math, and running to restaurants when we first got our senior privilege to eat outside of campus.
How would you describe your overall experience at DSS during the past 10 years?
Although there were many challenges I have faced, I have made so many great memories here in Dwight. There are so many skills I have developed and passions I have explored and found that helped me shaped my interest, and the possible direction I want to go in the future.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Ten years from now, I see myself having a successful career I am happy with, and surrounded by the people I love. I plan on traveling places with my friends and family building more great and fun memories for me to treasure later on.
Would you like to share where you are headed in the fall and what your plans may be in terms of a major or career interests?
In the fall, I will be attending Tokyo University in Japan to learn more about international relations and political science. I still have not yet decided on a specific career that I will be pursuing yet, but I am interested in being a part of the UN or an NGO.
Who in the DSS community had the greatest impact/influence during your time at DSS?
While there are so many people at Dwight who have influenced my time at Dwight, I would say Model United Nation and my 9th grade science teacher had the greatest impact. Both helped to improve my own self-confidence, built greater academic motivation, and guidance to my future interest that further enriched my time in Dwight. I would also like to thank my 3rd grade homeroom teacher for making my first year at Dwight the most memorable.