Alumni Spotlight: Sam Kin

Sam is currently studying in the American International School of Chennai. Sam is passionate in Biology, and wishes to become a doctor in the future.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because I wanted to explore and learn how colleges in the UK are like. Oxford is one of the greatest colleges in the UK, and perhaps the world, and I really want to further my studies about Medicine in the future. Through broadening horizons and summer courses offered by ORA, I had an opportunity to explore my field of interest.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

My Program Director gave me courage to learn things and present them in front of a large audience. Of course I had to organize my own learning, but I wouldn’t have had made the presentation more efficient if it wasn’t for the support the office gave me. In addition, the Program Director told his own success stories which really motivated me.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

One thing I’d like to tell future applicants is that the weather in England is not as bad as I thought. Maybe it was because of global warming. I’d also tell them that ORA is a great opportunity for students to learn deeper into what they want to study. I actually think you get a head start with what you will be learning in school, too. Make sure you know what you want to study.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

An average day looks like one in a regular boarding school. You get up at 8:00, eat by 8:30, go to class by 9, and finish at 3:30. One interesting thing about this program is that you get an opportunity to explore Oxford City, which is very exceptional. Feeling the culture and studying in an ancient environment is really something.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

Nothing was really fearful as I travel a lot. One advice I want to give is that you have to accommodate your travel schedule and expenses. Additionally, you should be able to contact the staff members easily, so get an England USIM before you get there. Lastly, don’t be afraid of meeting new students because they are really nice!

What have you learned from this trip?

Life is an adventure. I lived in four different countries, and everywhere I go, I meet new people and new culture. One mistake I make every visit is not fully understanding the diversity there, and I often regret my lack of experience. You should enjoy where you are right now. Get offline, meet new people, and enjoy the moment because it will never be the same.