Alumni Perspectives: Catherine Chen (2012, YCIS Hong Kong)

Catherine is a 2012 graduate of YCIS-HK.  We are grateful to have her share her memories of YC with us.  Read more below!


Name: Catherine Chen
Year of Graduation/Year Left YC: 2012, YCIS Hong Kong
Number of Years Spent in YC: 12 years
Major and University: English Studies and Professional Education, University of Stirling

Current Occupation: 4th year student


1) What are some of the best memories of your Yew Chung campus?

Life brings tears, smiles, and memories. The tears dry, the smiles fade, but memories last forever.

Yew Chung is like my second home. It is an open door that leads the way to the rest of my life – I’ve learned through books, but also about life. I have made friends who will travel along the journey of life with me. We grew up together from primary school, we shared tears and laughter, and we encouraged one another during ups and downs.

I will remember every single scene at Yew Chung.  Dear friends, no matter where you go, always come home for a visit!


2) The most unique/your favorite aspect of the YC experience?

The International Baccalaureate diploma qualified me as an active learner through studying a wide variety of subjects, valuing both the depth and breadth of education. The programme requires you to play an active role in your own learning. It enabled me to develop problem-solving and reasoning skills, which are crucial skills useable in the long-run. By participating in the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) programme, I was able to gain rewarding experiences and develop my personal skills as a global citizen. The language courses also provided me with an international perception of exploring written works, and encouraged me to think critically. Most importantly, I would like to thank all the teachers and friends who encouraged and supported me throughout! I would not have made it without you all!

I am proud to be part of the Yew Chung family!


3) Any other experiences/events/people about YC that has/have made a change in you that you would like to share with students?

My years in Yew Chung allowed me to improve my ability to relate to people around me. It inspired me to chase after my passion and dreams. The education that I received has now developed into my university degree and future career. I am turning from someone who reads English Literature in class to someone who has to prepare lesson plans to teach Shakespeare in a lively way to young pupils. How incredible is that? Therefore, cherish every moment with your teachers and friends, because you never know that the things you have learnt and the people you have met could eventually be one of your milestones in life. Always remember, all your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them! Best wishes to you all!