Students' cases




Edmonds Community College, Washington

University of California - Berkeley, California


Years ago back in Hong Kong when I was studying in Form 4, I was just a normal, lazy student studying in an equally normal school. At that time, a classmate of mine told me he was leaving for US to get both a high school degree and an associate degree at the same time. I was shocked, but in a good way. As a result, I decided to pursue my education in the US too. I started my High school Completion Program at Edmonds Community College in September 2012.

I had a wonderful time in Washington, I made many friends from all over the globe, and I genuinely enjoyed school there. After studying 1 year at Edmonds, I earned my high school diploma which is a year ahead of the other HKDSE students. I then studied for another year at Edmonds to earn more college credits and I was very lucky to be accepted to several well-known universities, such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and UC Santa Barbara. In 2014, I decided to pursue my degree in Applied Math at UC Berkeley.

Now, I have graduated from university at the age of 19. Yes, I finished 2 years of high school and a 4 year university degree in 3.5 years. Magical, isn't it? On top of that, I got to experience a world-class education and a chance to take graduate level classes in a prestigious institution. 

In addition, I enjoyed living with both my American host family in Washington and with several American roommates where we rented an apartment at Berkeley. I learned how to be independent and be responsible as a young adult, and I would call both Seattle and Berkeley my home. I am glad that I have learned much and have broadened my horizons through studying in the States. Things I have experienced and have gotten in those years, I am sure it cannot be achieved with the education in Hong Kong.