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Preparing myself for 4th Industrial Revolution

My interest in engineering started around the time when I was deciding which classes to take for my International Baccalaureate DP. Before that, I believed myself to be more talented and interested in learning languages. However, I realized that I was more truly engaged with the smallest common practices held in everyday life, and that we do not recognize how much science is applied to it. These mechanisms made me excited every time I researched about them. That is how I found myself more as an engineer rather than a linguist.

The education at Western International School of Shanghai has helped me break through the shackles of meaningless education that is only designed as merely a step to university education.

Learning about international relations and different interpretations is not an easy thing to do from a single nation. I realized this in my Grade 9 English class with Scully. Before that, I never interpreted any English literature so acutely, nor the author’s background that relates to the hidden meanings that I enjoyed finding.

I hope that my interests in modern aerospace and mechanical engineering will contribute to the fourth Industrial Revolution, which will mostly be about integrating our information technology to the mechanical developments such as robots. In 2016, the historical battle between the artificial intelligence “AlphaGo” and a professional Go player Lee Sedol indicated the possibilities of how artificial intelligence is capable of substituting all the intelligence-based jobs.

The education of the world will change its aim from finding students who know more, to finding students who can think more, which I think the IB is doing. Therefore, as an IB student, I wish that my learning could “help shape the future” by finding possibilities of the interconnections between intelligence and technology in the fields of aerospace.


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