What is your happy space?
Exploring new spaces when I travel with my family, especially having culinary experiences in unusual locations. I also have a massive sweet tooth, so I love stumbling upon new dessert places.
What do you aspire to be when you grow up and why?
I have expressed a passion for Dentistry since I was about 14. I feel like it perfectly combines my love for science and joy of helping others, as well as creates a pathway for lifelong learning, which is what dentistry will be for me.
Tell us about your favourite activity/project at GIS.
This would be the reach out CCA, which I’ve been a part of since year 5. I really love the teaching aspect of Reach Out, and to be able to connect with the children and form relationships with them.
Share with us some of your proud achievements in life so far.
I think receiving the Top in Malaysia Economics AS award was such a pleasant surprise. I’m also thankful for my Biology and Chemistry Subject Awards at AS. And recently, getting an offer for Barts and the London School of Medicine & Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London (my top choice) for Dentistry has been such great news. Then an offer from University of Bristol too which was a second bonus. The application process was quite challenging and I am so grateful to have received offers.
What is the best part of studying at GIS?
The encouraging environment, from all the supportive teachers who fully commit into ensuring that we reach our potentials, and my peers for giving the best competition and support.
Describe GIS in three words.
Competitive, motivating and community-spirited.
What does GIS offer to bring out the best in you?
There is a large variety of projects and activities that students can take part in and lead. There is also flexibility in subject choices, unlike many schools, locally and internationally, GIS offers a wide range of subject choices for students. I was able to take a unique combination of subjects for both my IGCSEs and A Levels which gave me a more holistic education. This has provided me with the opportunity to take risks and to mature into a more well-rounded individual.
As a top Cambridge student, what is your study advice to fellow students?
Make sure you really understand the content, rather than just memorise or rote learn, and use mark schemes when revising to know what the examiners are looking for. And mostly, be independent!
for a world where everyone would be accepting of one another without bias and prejudice.
Life motto: Kaizen!
Samantha has received offers for Dentistry from three of her top choice universities from the UK( her latest offer is from Cardiff University), and she is grateful to have the immense support of her teachers & family on her application process, her personal statement and her rigorous interview prep.