ACG School Jakarta has been the perfect springboard for Anya Simanjuntak to pursue her passion. And now, thanks to a flood of offers from top international universities, she’s a step closer to achieving her dream of becoming a qualified financial analyst.
The hardworking 18-year-old has received offers from the universities of Melbourne, Sydney, Western Australia, New South Wales, and the Australian National University. Better still, she’s been accepted into the business and management programme at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), which Times Higher Education (THE) ranked number one in the world in 2021, from 400 top young universities.
“I felt very excited and relieved when I received the offer from HKUST,” says Anya.
“That was my top choice because I’m really interested in the course they offer, they have many part-time job and internship opportunities as well as exchange programmes, and their students seem very welcoming and easy to talk to. Plus, it is still relatively close to home.”
Due to start in September, Anya can’t wait to make new life-long friends and take the next giant step on her educational journey. And with the last couple of years spent studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) at ACG School Jakarta, she feels well-equipped for the challenge.
“I have heard that IBDP students are less likely to drop out of university, as the rigorous curriculum prepares them to deal with the workload. I believe that learning the IBDP syllabus at ACG School Jakarta has taught me to manage my time better as well as deal with stress and pressure. I think those skills will be extremely useful when I get to university.”
During her time at ACG, Anya thrived academically and embraced every opportunity on offer. This year alone, she received Academic Excellence awards for chemistry and economics, plus Academic Endeavour awards for English language and literature and mathematics: analysis and approaches.
Big-hearted and community-spirited, she immersed herself in countless service activities. These include helping children with cancer in Yayasan Amaryllis Kirana as part of her IBDP Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) project and making face masks and face shields to donate to organisations in need when the global pandemic took hold.
“However, the biggest lesson I learnt during my time at ACG was the importance of teamwork,” Anya adds.
“This year was an especially challenging one, with online school and the workload of the second year of the IBDP. I feel as though I worked more with people this year than I ever have before. This has helped me greatly in understanding the lessons, managing my time and finishing my work to the best of my abilities.”
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