I am Katie Chen. I have been a student at Jiaxing Senior High BCOS and now am an Arts & Science freshman student at McGill University. It is a complete change from high school to university, not only about studying but also life..
Three years in BCOS prepared me well to adapt to a brand new environment in a foreign country. There is no doubt that a great English ability is very vital since it is what you need for understanding lectures and reading materials, discussing assignments, and writing papers as well as exams. However, to study
To be honest, from my university life I learned the most that it is really hard to make friends and get involved. To study in a university which has 500 people lectures, people just come and leave, and no one will try to talk to strangers around them. It is very different from high school that we have 30 people in a class and everyone knows one another well since we are together every weekday. In university, even if you know some people from lectures, it is more likely that you are just friends but not best friends since there is no such time for you to really know someone in depth. Thus, I think it would be a great idea to participate in more events and maybe join some clubs to make friends and get involved.
Overall, university life is really different from high school life in every aspect, but do not worry too much. If you have the determination to succeed, you will succeed everywhere. Enjoy your high school life and cherish the teachers who care what you do.