We caught up with ACS Hillingdon Alumni, Miho, who is now studying Physics at King’s College London, to find out how her first year at university is going so far.
How has your first year at university been so far?
I’m currently in my first year at King’s College London studying Physics. It did take me a little while to settle in to university life as everyone here is very smart. King’s also has a very diverse community, with students from lots of different religions and nationalities.
My studies have been challenging, but I do feel that studying the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) has prepared me well for university life. Time management is the ONE key thing that the IBDP really hones, because you study up to six subjects at one time. With Physics there are a lot of different modules, and being well-organised is essential for balancing a mixture of study texts and course deadlines.
Andi Ondhia, a parent at ACS Hillingdon and a member of Parent Teacher Organisation’s Welcome Team, explores how an international school community is ideally placed to support new families through the relocation process.
Relocating, whether it’s your first experience or your third, fourth or fifth, can be a daunting prospect with worries on how your family will settle in to their new surroundings, their new town, school or workplace.
When my own family moved to Hillingdon, UK, from Toronto, Canada, I worried that my children would not know anyone their own age, whether they would be able to continue with their passions and perhaps, slightly less importantly, how would I cope with driving on the other side of the road!
But this is where an international school is ideally placed to ensure a smooth transition. Their expert pastoral care teams and counsellors have specialist expertise and many, like ACS Hillingdon, have developed unique programmes, just like the Welcome Team, to help families adjust to their new environments.
I began my own boarding school journey aged 11. It was here that I met an inspirational House Master – he was approachable, supportive, and selfless; going above and beyond the call of duty. From then on, I knew I wanted to go into education and have now taught for over 18 years in both state and independent boarding schools.
My first year at ACS Cobham since becoming Head of Boarding in September has been fantastic. Both the school and the Dormitory have a very clear community ethos at their core and it is the most integrated school I have experienced, with the staff, students and the entire school community working well together.
Third Culture Kids (or TCKs for short) are children who have moved from one country to another (or several) during their developmental years. Children that are integrated into new cultures and societies intheir early years have experiences that will have an enduring impact on them for the rest of their lives. Adaptable, flexible, open-minded and resilient are a few of the words that I often use to describe our students at ACS Hillingdon, many of which are TCKs.