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Interview with top IB student

by Dulwich College Shanghai of  Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong

Dulwich College Shanghai student scored maximum marks

Interview with top IB student

This summer, thousands of teenagers across Shanghai graduated with IB results to be proud of, and none more so than Clarisse Pierre, who scooped the top mark of 45.

Here, she talks about her ambitions and hopes after graduation.

How long have you studied at DCS?

I have studied at DCS for two years - my IB years.

What have you enjoyed about studying at DCS?

Studying at DCS has been an amazing experience. My teachers were passionate and supportive, sparking my interest in not only the courses' content, but also on wider issues and ideas. What I also loved was the atmosphere in school: serious and hardworking in the classroom, and fun and relaxed in the IB common room. This balance made studying at DCS truly enjoyable. Moreover, I loved being able to interact and work with peers and teachers from all over the world, as every individual's unique background and experiences contributed to the creation of very insightful discussions and debates. 

Another great memory was our Graduation. The singing with the DUCKS children as well as the clapping and cheering from Junior and Senior students while we toured the school brought our school community together and illustrated DCS's collective spirit.

What are your fondest memories?

Something I will always remember was an experiment we carried out in Biology class, were we used micropropagation to clone cauliflower. Being able to use my knowledge of cell division and plants in this real life investigation was exciting and extremely interesting.

What subjects did you study at IB? 

I studied Higher Level Geography, Biology and Economics, and Standard Level Mathematics, Mandarin ab Initio, and English Language and Literature.

Which university do you plan to attend this year? 

I will be attending the University of Oxford.

What is your chosen degree?

My chosen degree is Geography.

What are your plans after university?  

After university, I would like to work in an organization that tackles the environmental and social challenges the world is facing today.