UWCAlexandraUWCUWC 2020 https://www.facebook.com/899543320115902/posts/2767618516641697?sfns=mo 1020
Dear zero-year Alexandra,
Here are a few hints for your upcoming year:
Everybody's doing this for the first time.
Sure, it will feel like all the co-years you've met are so confident that you can't really tell if they're a first year or a second year. But I can tell you for sure that Mac thought you were a second year due to your nonchalance when she passed you in the hall, so you're not the only one who will feel that way. Even your second years are feeling like they haven't settled into their roles quite yet - I still feel like I'm not experienced enough to take on the lofty title of 'second year' - it doesn't really fit right on my shoulders right now, just like your title of 'UWCer', 'firstie', or 'roommate' won't quite fit you yet.
You'll grow into it, don't worry about it.
Talk to people.
You'll probably feel quite alone once you get to UWC. To think that you're worried about being around people 24/7. When you get there, you'll actually still feel pretty alone (you'll find that there are multiple ways of feeling alone). Orientation week will be exhausting for you, meeting so many new people, having so many conversations, and making so many interactions. You were never the best at making friends. Funnily enough, by some stroke of luck, it will be during this week that you'll meet your best friend at LPC (she lives right across the hall - it's awfully convenient) and your social life will only snowball from there.
Literally, Try. Everything. Sure, that triathlon will seem like a (actual, physical) pain in hindsight, but you will never know that it isn't for you had you not tried it. And sure, you will miss the 24 hour race due to mock trials, but your team will win second place at the Hong Kong Inter-school Mock Trial Championships, and who can say they've done that?
Yeah, ok. Some activities will seem pretty scary - I've yet to sign up to perform at a music night - but the Asia Pacific Cultural Evening will turn out to be one of the most impactful experiences in your first term. I'm telling you, out of all the schools you've been in, LPC will be the school most tolerant of your mistakes and most nurturing of your learning outside of the classroom.
Do your homework
This seems obvious. But you'll have instances where you'll want to go out and join your new friends on all these adventures in this new place. You'll tell yourself "I can do my work later", but you'll have homework that you put aside the day before, and maybe even before that. Finish your work so you'll have a more enjoyable time. There will be times where it feels like all your teachers care about is your performance in the IB. Just remember you're not here just to have fun. I'm still working on this myself, so I know you won't do as well as you did just yet. Take your school work seriously and don't give up.
Remember, the UWC experience is as you make it, so think about what you want to get out of it and how you can give back.
7 months ago