LIU, Yiming (Zed)
I graduated from Northwest University in China. My grades were average, so I was able to get into the first level university. However, I prefer a high level of university since I am interested in studying Actuarial Science. I realized that if I studied in Canada, I would be able to study the program I wanted. I made it my goal to get in the University of Waterloo. I was very unsure of where to begin applying.
This is when I met Lin, the director from Cambridge International Academy in Canada. She introduced me to Cambridge International Academy, and assessed my academic abilities in English language skills. She supported my dreams and made me realize that if I worked very hard, learned all the material, and improved my English, I would be able to get into the program I wanted. At this point, I was convinced. I spoke with my parents about studying abroad and they were supportive of the idea. I decided to retake grade 12 at Cambridge so that I could immerse myself in the culture and achieve the requirements necessary to study at a Canadian University.
The biggest challenge studying abroad for me was not the material that needed to be learned, but learning in a different language. I had a difficult time correctly understanding the questions, so my grades were not strong. Fortunately, the school provides one-on-one tutoring and small class sizes so I can get the attention I needed to succeed. After a while, I noticed I understood more and my grades were starting to reflect my knowledge.
I worked hard all year, and now I have received the offer that I have worked so hard for-an offer from the University of Waterloo. My efforts turned into a success. After studying at Cambridge International Academy, I have gained confidence about my future and I am looking forward to entering a new environment.