Congratulations to Mark who received offers from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and Swarthmore College. He will be studying Mechanical Engineering at Swarthmore College.
“I wanted to attend Swarthmore so I applied Early Decision. While Swarthmore is a small Liberal Arts college, it still has a strong Engineering programme. I like the atmosphere of a liberal arts college more than a traditional university because I feel it gives a more personalised and focused education than bigger schools.”
“Through IGCSE and IB I was able to experience both physical and software implementations of a product through Design+ Technology and Computer Science courses. This gave me an understanding of how products in the real world are developed. I chose to study the production side of development, which refers to the physical design of a product because I felt that I had a stronger affinity to it. However, at the same time, I also want to understand the software implementation so that a product design cycle is smoother.”
“Doing an internship and participating in volunteer work and DofE really helped to strengthen my application. Over the summer holidays of 2019, I interned at a technology firm, SkyViv, to help design software to identify good and bad crops. This internship gave me a perspective of what the industry I hope to work for was like and further helped strengthen my resolve to major in Mechanical Engineering. Volunteer work like Thongbai Daycare where I worked hands-on with children for two years developed a more empathetic side of me to complement my academic record. Finally, the DofE programme was the core that helped tie the rest of my extra-curriculum together and allowed me to develop my teamwork, leadership, and time management skills.”