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Nurturing passion and success at SCIS

FROM elementary school all the way to high school graduation, Angela Liu maintained an exceptionally high GPA during her years at Shanghai Community International School and she scored equally as well on her SATs with a score of 2000.

In her free time, she enjoys playing basketball, volleyball, as well as the piano and violin. The multi-lingual and multi-talented student is currently studying animal science at the university of California, Davis.

“Davis has always been my dream school. For those who want to take the pre-vet path, UC Davis is the number-one vet school in the world. I love the beautiful campus and the diverse hands-on experience I am able to obtain with large animal livestock, wildlife, exotic internships, and the possible research opportunities,” said Liu. “I am majoring in animal science with an emphasis on companion animals and maybe equine, while minoring in Chinese and Japanese. I chose this major because becoming a veterinarian has always been my dream. I plan to finish my doctorate of veterinary medicine in America in the future.”

She describes how the transition to university life “was pretty smooth since SCIS shaped me to become more adaptable and open-minded towards diversity and different cultures.”

Liu recounts her favorite classes at SCIS — psychology, biology and Chinese literature. Her teachers inspired her to study in the US and further inspired her to become a veterinarian.

Liu participated in the IB programme at SCIS.

“IB has really prepared me for my college classes. While most of my peers were struggling, I was quite successful with classes such as chemistry and calculus,” Liu said.

“For the first year, these college classes seem easier than the IB curriculum, especially in terms of the thoroughness of labs. The IB curriculum with the IAs and extended essays has really brought me to a higher academic starting point than most of my peers.”

After her studies, Liu hopes to return to Shanghai to open her own full-service animal clinic.

Attending SCIS, being surrounded by an international community of students and teachers prepared her for a lifetime of success.


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