Utahloy Alumni Association (UAA)

 

 
 
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Zachary Haver

Alumni

Class of 2013
George Washington University
Major in International Affairs and studying Chinese

Zachary attended UISZC from 2010 through 2013. He currently lives in Washington DC, where he studies international affairs and Chinese at George Washington University. Having specialized in US-China relations as an undergraduate research fellow and think tank intern, upon graduation Zachary plans to pursue a career related to China policy in the US government. Zachary attributes his interest in foreign relations to his time spent at UISZC, where he learned to cooperate with students from across the globe. His advice to students is to set and pursue long-term goals. You can reach Zachary at: zacharyhaver@hotmail.com

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Johnny Hu

Alumni

Class of 2016
Accounting and Finance, University of Durham
Plan to pursue an investment banking career or start up a business

Even after two years from graduation, there are still so many good memories which come up when I hear the word UISZC. UISZC had an incredibly supportive and friendly atmosphere from both school and boarding life, and that really encouraged me to thrive better. I made friends with every one of my classmates and things we have done together were just fabulous.

My advice to graduating students: study hard but also take advantage of extra curriculum activities Utahloy provides. IB is definitely not everything in life.

You can reach me by: Johnnyhaokun@gmail.com

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Andres Mai

Alumni

Class of 2016
Studying Business Management at Washington College

Andres graduated from UISZ in 2016. He decided to continue his education in the United States of America at Washington College. Following this, he plans to complete a mastery on Business Management and expects to graduate by 2020. Andres inspiration to study Business Management came from his experience on working in the food industry as an accountant assistant. Until now, he still looks back at unforgettable memories from his time at UISZ. The eight years he spent in Utahloy were his best, he got the chance to meet great people and make great friends that up until now he looks as them as family. Andres advice to current IB students would be – time management is a crucial skill and your best friend throughout the IB, you have to priorities what is important to you first before you think about the rest. You cannot do everything at once, take your time!

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Timothy Chua

Alumni

Singapore
Class of 2016
Nursing (Registered Nurse), Curtin University in Perth, Australia
Conscript (mandatory military service) at Singapore Armed Forces. I’m a Corporal

UISZ Boarding life was a great experience for me, particularly having roommates and living on campus. You get to spend time with your friends outside of just school and being able to get to know them better through living together. Friday night Wanda trips were great, going to the mall to stock up on snacks, have dinner and occasionally going to the cinema.

I have learnt to be more accepting of others during my time a UISZC, due to living in a boarding school with 2-3 other roommates. There is no privacy at all and you have to learn how to deal with different personalities, even if they annoy you.

My advises to students: do everything in moderation. Don’t just study hard all you will end up feeling exhausted and brunt-out. Set aside some time to exercise and do the things you like to do, such as gaming or other hobbies. Maybe even pick up a book once in a while.

In 5 years I hope to be a fully qualified Emergency Registered Nurse. I have always wanted to work in the Health Care industry and a fear of spending 40 years of my life sitting behind a desk. I want spend my life doing something for others.

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Claire Tan

Alumni

Class of 2015
B. Commerce
University of Melbourne

Claire graduated from UISZ in 2015 and moved to Australia to study Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne. She plans to complete an honours year after her bachelor in actuarial studies to gain an international accreditation. Claire treasures the friendships and memories that UISZ gave her, and continues to use the important critical thinking and academic capacity she was able to develop from her maths and science classes which allow her to excel within her chosen field of actuarial studies. Her advice to new students – don’t punish yourself or get stressed about your mistakes; instead use them to improve and grow as a person, that will allow you to be the best person you can.

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Julie Yang

Alumni

Class of 2014

Julie graduated as valedictorian from UISZ in 2014, and gained her Bachelor of Laws with Honours at the University of Bristol, UK in 2017. She plans to sit the New York Bar Exam in 2019 in order to be qualified as a NY attorney. Following that, she will further pursue a master degree in international relations in the United States. Julie cherishes what UISZ has given her - friends of life and most importantly, mature and deep thinking style and skilled academic English gained from taking History HL, that well prepared her for legal studies. Her advice for students - it is normal to feel lost when thinking of your future, you just need to live life to the fullest each day, complete every task with effort, and the life will lead you to your path. You can connect with Julie via: julie_99@live.cn

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Galvin Chan

Alumni

Caption: Left (Claire Tan); Middle (Galvin Chan); Right (Meng Zhang) – all UISZ Alumni studying at the University of Melbourne.

Galvin spent four years in UISZ. He is currently studying in the University of Melbourne for the next two years. He plans to pursue a postgraduate Masters in Electrical Engineering. Despite being on the other side of the world, Galvin remembers many past and present UISZ students fondly. His advice for students would be to maintain a healthy balance of study, exercise and play - a healthy body = a healthy mind! You can reach Galvin at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/galvin-chan

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Emily Haver

Alumni

Class of 2013

Emily Haver graduated as valedictorian from UISZ in 2013. Following this, she returned to her hometown of Seattle in the USA to attend Seattle University. During university, she spent a semester abroad in Chengdu at the Southwest University for Nationalities. She graduated summa cum laude from Seattle University in June 2017, receiving a B.A. in Theatre with a minor in Chinese. Emily is now a theatre artist whose areas of focus are acting, directing, and writing. Currently, she is living in Shanghai attending Shanghai Theatre Academy to get her M.A. in Intercultural Communication Studies. She looks back fondly on her days at UISZ—her main advice for students is to take a moment to breathe and remember that you are so much more than your grades or IB score! While it’s important to work hard, it’s also important to be a well-rounded person with interests and experiences beyond school. To keep up with her work, check out her website at: www.emilyhaver.com

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Ben Lin

Alumni

Class of 2016
Studying Law at Bristol University, UK

Ben graduated as valedictorian from UISZ in 2016. He is currently studying law at the University of Bristol and is expected to graduate with his Bachelor of Laws with Honours in 2019. He plans to complete his Master in Laws & Legal Practice in London before qualifying as a Solicitor of England & Wales. Ben made the decision to study law in university and eventually pursue a legal career having briefly worked at two different law firms as a legal secretary. He recalls many fond memories from his time at UISZ - mainly the ones spent with his classmates on school-trips. Ben's advice to the current cohort would be - to stay committed to your goals, plan ahead, and work hard for it. If you really want to do something, you will find a way to do it! You can connect with Ben at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ben-lin/

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Bryan To

Alumni

Class of 2015
Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

Graduated as valedictorian from UISZ in 2015, Bryan is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne‎ and will graduate early 2020. After UISZ, Bryan has worked at the Kempinski in Vienna and at IMD Business School in Lausanne during his university studies. With a passion for events and a love for football, Bryan was the President of EHL’s Football Committee and aims to work in the football industry soon after graduating. "UISZ"s people have taught, guided and shaped me and I am undeniably grateful to the school for giving me the opportunity to connect me with this international network". Connect with Bryan at: www.linkedin.com/in/bryan-to

 

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Fern Williams

Alumni

Medical student @ Western University of Australia
Future Career Dreams: Pediatric Surgeon
Advice to future IB students:
Think carefully before you choose your subjects,
make sure you choose what's right for you,
not what other people expect you to take.
Quote: "I never dreamed about success i worked for it" - Estee Lauder

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Sam Lin

Alumni

Class of 2018

Favourite Memory: In the house competition, the Gangnam Style dance that Erin and I directed won the first place.

Achievements: To work constantly.

Favourite quote: "No pain, no gain"

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Kevin Lee

Alumni

Class of 2018

Favourite Memory: Year 12 Week Without Walls

Achievements: Confidence with various subjects.

Favourite quote: "...feel like having personal classes"

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Howard Chen

Alumni

Class of 2018

Favourite Memory: My most memorable event was MUN because I made a lot of friends and I developed skills during the activity.

Achievements: I learned a lot, not just academics, but the skills that I need for success.

Favourite quote: Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are gonna get.

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Truman Pan

Alumni

Class of 2018

Favourite Memory: I really enjoyed Week Without Walls, and I had a good time there.

Achievements: I gained a lot of knowledge and I have found a lot of friends.

Favourite quote: "It’s a magical experience."

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Sara Li

Alumni

Class of 2018

Favourite Memory: Basketball and volleyball teams.

Achievements: All the expected and unexpected.

Favourite quote: "Time cannot change all."

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Anni Liu

Alumni

Class of 2018

Favourite Memory: Volleyball sessions were my most memorable times. I love how, as a team, we achieved our successes together, and learnt from our failures together.

Achievements: I made tons of precious memories and had great experiences, but most importantly, is not quitting.

Favourite quote: "Work hard, play harder. "- Gretchen Wilson

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Alex Zhan

Alumni

Class of 2018

Favourite Memory: Basketball ACAMIS in Hong Kong.

Achievements: Happiness, friendship, love, heartbreak.

Favourite quote: "Have you seen Los Angeles at 4am?" - Kobe Bryant (Yeah. I don’t sleep at that time.)

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George Choy

Alumni

Class of 2018

Favourite Memory: The whole Grade 12

Achievements: PASSION

Favourite quote: "Mistakes are proof that you are trying."

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Danny Lin

Alumni

Class of 2018

Favourite Memory: Both Basketball ACAMIS tournaments that I have attended. Everything that happened during that time, it was unforgettable - the games we played, the teams we cheered for, the restaurant we went to and so on.

Achievements: I have gained skills through events, games, classes and they are really going to help me in the future.

Favourite quote: "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." ― Dr. Seuss

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Zoe Xu

Alumni

Class of 2018

Favourite Memory: When I was shy and quiet in year 8, doing performing art in the Art Festival and wandering around in the school area.

Achievements: The skill of coping, adapting, and accepting.

Favourite quote: It is a constant battle between me and my "destiny" (more like deadlines...)

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Pedro Gourgel

Alumni

Class of 2018

Favourite Memory: The time Alexey and Kenny and I climbed the radio tower.

Achievements: Relationships that will last for my entire life.

Favourite quote: "It's ok, I still have ## more hours until the deadline. I'm sure I can do it in 2 hours..." - Aristotle

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Bill Xiong

Alumni

Class of 2018

Favourite Memory: All the time I spent with the ones I care about.

Achievements: Knowledge, confidence and friends.

Favourite quote: I "love" IB.

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Kenny He

Alumni

Class of 2018

Favourite Memory: I have had many memorable times, like when I started skateboarding, being a 7-day boarder and having crazy weekends, studying in a school in the middle of nowhere, and getting to know special people.

Achievements: I have gained many friends and learned a lot from my school experiences. I learned to question authority and the knowledge I have. I also learned many other skills that I wouldn't have learned if I did not come to Utahloy, ranging from how to write a proper essay to how to catch a fish.

Favourite quote: "For every answer you get, there will be three more questions"

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Sella Mo

Alumni

Class of 2018

Favourite Memory: The most memorable time was when I was in sports teams such as basketball, volleyball, and football. I started to play sports in our school's sports team (Cobras) when I was in Year 6. Over six years I've learnt many new skills, mostly teamwork. I've met various levels of teams and people, and I always worked together with my team members and communicated together as team. And especially going to tournaments, and ACAMIS gave me and showed our team's improvements and achievements. The time that I spent in sports teams was my most memorable time in UISZ.

Achievements: I’ve improved my English a lot since starting here at UISZ in Year 5. I met a wide variety of teachers from different nationalities and also students. I've learnt something from many different cultures and experiences from them.

Favourite quote: "Don't be afraid of making a mistake, just do what you want to do."

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Jae Hyun Lee

Alumni

Class of 2018

Favourite Memory: I would definitely say that every moment that I was in Utahloy Zengcheng was a memorable moment. But the time I reminisce about and probably will remember the most was in my first and last Week Without Walls. It only had been several weeks after I moved to Utahloy, but it was a good chance for me to get to know the teachers and my friends a lot better than I did before. The group 4 project was not in anyone's mind. For once in a long time, we actually forgot about school work and had time to relieve our stress and have fun.

Achievements: I came here late, if you would consider the middle of the last grade late, but it was quite easy for me to settle down. New friends, new teachers, new environment. Everything was new, but it was new in a good way. I had my ups and my downs. But the ups always outweighed the downs.

Favourite quote: "Don't take IB too seriously, no one makes it out alive."

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Kiki Yu

Alumni

Class of 2018

Favourite Memory: Year 11 Week Without Walls in Heishan village. After paving a road for the whole day, we laid on the roof of the house we lived in, and when we looked up at sky, we saw the sky full of stars.

Achievements: Friendship worth keeping. Courage to face pressure and difficulties. Be more extrovert.

Favourite quote: "The greatest gift from life is friendship, and I have received it."

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Erin Lee

Alumni

Class of 2018

Favourite Memory: Year 12 Week Without Walls. It was my first time on a beach in China and regardless of the activities on the trip, it was the only moment to get out of my daily routine.

Achievements: A lot of different experiences that I would have never experienced in Korea. But also good relationships with teachers.

Favourite quote: "Never regret. If it's good it's wonderful. If it's bad it's experience."

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