The biggest event in the summer term was the exams. It is completely different from the exams in a high school in Japan. It lasted for 7 days, but some students finished taking their exams earlier than others depending on which subjects they were taking.
I had a chemistry exam in the afternoon. It was the first time that I had the entire morning to prepare for an exam; hence I was mentally exhausted by the time I sat the exam. Other than this, I managed to surmount the exam week. I scheduled hourly so that I did not worry about what to do, which made me relaxed. Fortunately, I only had one exam a day, so I was able to focus on each subject one by one.
Thanks to many people, I got useful advice about a personal statement. I would like to share it in this report.
1, Don’t make it too personal. I wrote about an event that triggered my interest in biomedical science in my first draft, but actually universities are looking for evidence which proves the student is keen on the subject; a personal statement must include what the student did to explore the subject deeper.
2, Put in relevant achievements. Although a personal statement is not a list of achievements, we had best to discuss them; a short paragraph would suffice.
3, When you mention a book, it might be better to include which chapter of the book the information comes from, because you only need to read this chapter before an interview. Some people say to read as many books as possible to gain insights into the subject.
Since a personal statement is too short to discuss many books, it does not seem helpful. It definitely broadens the topics that you can choose to write about, however, it is not essential. In addition, it is said that it is better to start writing a personal statement as early as possible. While, when I showed my first draft to my teachers a week before the summer holiday, they did not give me many comments.
Thus, I recommend to begin writing it in a summer holiday.
Apart from academic aspects, there was Sports Day in the summer term. I would rather call it School Athletics Competition; it only holds races, jump events and throwing events. I appreciated how unique Japanese Sports Day is.
In the boarding house, one of the students in Year 13 has to help a teacher on duty. While they were in A level-exam weeks, year 12 students did it instead. The student on duty should stay in the common room from 18:30 to 22:00. One of the roles is to make sure that each year group of students go to bed on time.
In retrospect, while this year was frustrating due to the pandemic, I was able to continue studying in England thanks to the Tazaki Foundation. For the sake of my future, I am going to endeavor to get offers from universities next term.