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Receiving conditional offers from three top UK universities is a dream come true for ACG School Jakarta graduate Anastasia Sufian.
The University of Bristol, University of Manchester and University of Edinburgh are all keen to welcome the high-achieving teen into their economics programmes – and Anastasia can’t wait to get started.
“I feel utterly ecstatic, relieved and very proud to be chosen by these universities,” she says. “I have always dreamed about studying in an influential and reputable tertiary institution, equipped with all the right facilities for economics students.”
The University of Bristol is her first choice, thanks to its outstanding reputation, unbeatable location, and wealth of opportunities.
“The University of Bristol’s economics faculty has one of the greatest research impacts in the UK, and I feel proud to know that they’re willing to give me a chance to join such a great faculty. Bristol is also fitting for me as a person because it’s a lively city filled with friendly and diverse people. And it offers loads of opportunities for students to secure internships across England, which will be helpful for job prospects.”
While Anastasia admits she’s a little nervous about moving to another country and making an entirely new set of friends, her elation far outweighs any trepidation.
“What I’m most looking forward to is studying a subject I’m fully interested in and having the chance to focus all my energy and time into succeeding in this field. I’m excited about having a fresh start to blossom as a new person in a new location.”
Eventually, she plans to specialise in development economics with the hope of helping improve and uplift societies.
“I’d love to help less economically developed countries prosper through the implementation of economic policies that mitigate issues in areas such as health and education. I also have strong aspirations of working in an international organisation like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).”
Anastasia’s strong sense of social responsibility was honed during her years at ACG School Jakarta, a school where students are encouraged and supported to make a difference in their communities. Among her many highlights are a school trip to Singapore to attend the Oxford MUN (Model United Nations) conference, and her International Baccalaureate Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) project at Yayasan Amaryllis Kirana, an organisation set up to help young people battling cancer.
“I grew so much as a person during my time at ACG. The International Baccalaureate curriculum instilled in me a strong work ethic and the ability to manage my time, and balance work and play. The many assignments and the promised rigour of the diploma programme (IBDP) initially seemed challenging – but I eventually understood that it was nothing I couldn’t handle thanks to my teachers and friends who were always on-hand to support me along the way.”
Anastasia graduated with a string of achievements and accolades, including the highest score in Indonesia for her French proficiency exam (DELF) at B1 level and successfully completing her ABRSM Grade 5 violin exam. Her biggest lesson, though, focused on the futility of dwelling on the past.
“Umar ibn al-Khattab’s quote, ‘No amount of guilt can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future’ really describes the most important lesson I learned at school. Despite the mistakes I wish I could undo, I learned that dwelling on them is pointless, and it’s much better to focus on the future and how I can improve myself.”
And with many other lessons also now firmly under her belt, Anastasia has the following invaluable advice to share with those still studying at ACG School Jakarta.
“Applying to university and eventually going there may sound incredibly daunting, but it is no challenge you are unfit to undertake. Take this opportunity to aim high and remain faithful in your potential and abilities. Never ever set yourself up for less than what you were always meant for.”