Q:What brought you to China and BIBS?
Paola: My father used to work in the Embassy of Ecuador in China. I came to China with my family in 2010 for the first time. I studied at BIBS UES Campus then as a sixth grader. That was also where I started my English language learning. I had a wonderful year there but then I moved back to Ecuador when my father finished his diplomatic mission at the Embassy. My father is a friend of China and always had a fond memory of the Chinese people, history and culture. So he looked for the opportunity to return to China. In 2016, my father received an offer and position to teach at Beijing Language and Culture University. That brought us back to China again. It was great to be back to Beijing and BIBS.
Q:How did you find your future career aspiration and passion?
Q:Any tips for younger BIBSers in terms of university application?
Paola：I would say that the university application preparation should at least start from your 10th grade. It is true that our IB learning experience is favored by many higher institutions. And this happens for a reason. The IB education is a very demanding and challenging one that prepares us well for university studies ahead. You need to know yourself well to figure out what you really want to do and to achieve in the future. Remember, it’s a marathon. Make sure you press on with your efforts and studies in the 11th grade which is a critical foundation year in the DP program. This way, you can launch the university application at the 12th grade with the strength and results to support you fully.
Q:Any particular words you want to say to BIBS?
Paola：I would like to thank all the teachers who have taught and helped me at BIBS over the years. They have been extremely kind, professional and caring. My special thanks go to Dr. Gerald Anthony, our MSHS Guidance Counselor, who has been a tremendous help to me. His guidance and experience is very valuable for young people like me when we walk the maze of the university application. I am most grateful to have the best support ever.