Suyeon Woo, Year 13
Year Group: 13
When did you join Bethany?
I came into the second term of Year 10 in 2015. I was at an international school in Brighton but was very keen to try the local independent school and so my Guardian recommended Bethany.
Why did you choose to study in the UK?
I am from Korea but had been studying in the Philippines for three years. I wanted to try a new environment with a better education system and I want to go to university in the UK.
What A levels are you studying?
I am studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths. My Chemistry teacher, Mr Vickerman, really brings out the best in me and seeing all the chemical reactions and learning more in depth science is so interesting.
Are you involved in any sports teams or music activities outside of lessons?
I have flute lessons every week which I really enjoy. I first heard the flute when I was in a music lesson in the Philippines and the melody sounded so nice and clear and I wished I could play like that and now I have been playing for about three years.
What do you enjoy about boarding?
Boarding is really great because first of all, you get to learn how to live with a group of people and secondly just having a friend right next door to go and talk to or revise with. Everyone in the Orchard is really close and the girls in my friendship group have been with me since I was in Old Poplars and so it’s nice to be on the Bethany journey together.
What is your ambition after leaving Bethany?
I am planning to study Bio-Medical Science at university in the UK. My first choice would be UCL where I have visited on their Open Day and really liked it. My other choices are King’s College, Warwick or Sheffield.
What advice would you give a pupil from your country considering Bethany?
I was very nervous about coming to school in the UK and thought ‘how am I going to make friends?’ but everyone is so nice and the teachers are very supportive, so don’t be afraid! I would also say do some research on UK schools and their GCSE curricular so you know which subjects to pick.
What do you think is the best thing about Sixth Form at Bethany?
You get a lot more free time in Sixth Form and because I am only doing three subjects they are still very intense so I use my free periods to study. Even though there is a big jump between GCSE and A level I feel more relaxed and comfortable now as I am able to manage my time better.
Is there a particular member of staff who you would like to thank for your time at Bethany?
I would like to thank Mr Vickerman, my Chemistry teacher, who has really helped to improve my knowledge on the subject. I struggled a bit in the beginning and he has been really helpful and supportive.