Congratulations to Pin on her Early Decision offer to Cornell University where she will major in Human Development. The varied interdisciplinary curriculum will also allow her to minor in another area of interest; Marine Biology.
For Pin, whose father is a Cornell alumnus and whose brother is currently studying there, the choice of continuing her studies at one of the top Ivy League colleges was an easy one; cemented by a hugely enjoyable visit to the New York campus back in 2019.
Currently studying Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology and Psychology A levels, Pin is keen to focus on the scientific side of human development, with a view to one day becoming a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist; a path which she believes will play to both her strong scientific and interpersonal skills.
Indeed, having chosen to join Shrewsbury as a Sixth Form entrant - aiming to benefit from the academic rigour and challenge of the focused A level programme - Pin believes that moving to a new school at the age of 16 was a real benefit to her own development and maturity.
“Coming here [from a different international school] I found the kind of environment I was looking for. It’s not a competitive environment as such, but it is a place where you feed off other students’ ambition and passions. It was also a real eye-opener for me personally, and gave me the confidence that I could adapt to new situations, meet new people and benefit from their different perspectives. I think it has prepared me well for getting the most out of the University environment too”.
Despite the evident challenges presented by the ongoing COVID situation, Pin reflects on a hugely successful Sixth Form experience at Shrewsbury; due partly, she says, to the opportunities she has had to make friends and connections across the community, not least as a key member of the school’s Varsity Volleyball team.
To her Year 12 friends who are now considering their own university applications she has some really great advice:
“I think my application really stood out for one reason: Authenticity. I was able to express my passion for the subject through my experiences working as an intern in the Psychiatry department at Ramathibodi Hospital, and my supplemental essay, which described four years of service experience in a Northern Thai province that suffers particularly high suicide rates, and how I hope to use my university education to help local communities in the future”.
And whilst receipt of the Cornell offer in late December made for a perfect Christmas present, Pin also explains the importance of keeping your feet on the ground throughout the university application process. “If you’re honest in your applications then you’ve done your best. There are some things you can control, others that you can’t, so if you put the effort into submitting an application that really reflects and expresses your passions, then you’ve done all you can. Hopefully, like me, that will lead to a place at your dream university. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible”.