[Wanyuan] Wellesley College, from Dream to Reality
Wellesley’s lively academic community places a high value on rigorous, probing inquiry, and creative, cross-discipline thinking. Its collaborative approach to scholarship encourages students to question, debate, and refine their points of view, not only with each other, but with our world-class faculty—often by working directly with them on groundbreaking projects.
When I was in Grade 9, Wellesley College was so well-known to me that I thought it couldn’t even be possible to reach its standard. However, when I went deeper to do more school research, I was touched by its vision “Light up the way for women who are determined to change the world.” I believe that Wellesley’s spirit is to encourage women to contribute to the world in any positive way so that students can enjoy the process of dedication and creation. Being nourished by this inspiring value, I resolutely decided that Wellesley would be my dream school. For me, this institution is not a high-pressure iron-lady-making machine, but an energy-well that gives all girls the opportunity to pursue their dreams.
In less than four years of my high school life, I continued to explore my interests and kept my courage to do what I thought was meaningful. I chose to participate in a variety of activities in order to make myself special, rather than someone who only has a high GPA. Through various platforms that the school provided, I participated in or led activities including Student Council, Economics Club, Business Conference, Musicals, etc. I also persisted in attending various debate tournaments for two years to explore my interest in social science. I also expanded in areas that I was not particularly familiar with such as the Mathematical Modeling Competition (HiMCM) and the bio-engineering program iGEM. In each event, I have achieved certain honors, but I will not forget that every success and joy is the result of the collective efforts of a team (sometimes two people and sometimes fifty people). This is a very difficult process in which you should face ups and downs, disappointments, sadness, and failure almost every day. But when I look back, the path I’ve been on, all the hardships are actually wonderful opportunities to self-reflect: Who am I? Am I creating valuable things? Are my choices meaningful?Thankfully, the ECA clubs and platforms provided by the school enable me to keep achieving things I am interested in. I can’t forget how I run into the principal’s office and talk about my plans and initiatives. I also can’t forget how the faculty members tell me not to worry and move on when I think life is too hard and tiring. The free, supportive atmosphere, and independent academic system offered me a lot of opportunities, time and energy to combat challenges while enriching my experiences. At the same time, I also learned the importance of team spirit, of personal influence, and our contribution to schools, communities, and one’s personal value. For me, working with an amazing team to constantly breakthrough the boundaries that we can think of as teenagers is the most brilliant and the proudest story of my high school life.I’ve been studying at SUIS – Wanyuan Campus for seven years. Since I was in grade 8, I started to find that one college which can give me a sense of belonging, happiness, and achievement. I am extremely glad and excited to get accepted to Wellesley. Big thanks to all the friends, teachers, and parents who supported me along my way. When I was tired, confused, or joyful and happy, everyone who gave me encouragement and advice was my life-long supporter. I sincerely appreciate their unconditional trust and help. During the application season, I learned of my interests and potential, thought about my own characteristics, and reviewed all my past efforts with depth. I know this is just a starting point, and I will bravely, actively, and passionately face all possible challenges in the future.