So far, more than 100 students have successfully graduated from our school, and 34 of them were admitted by the top 100 universities in QS ranking – a proud achievement of ours.
*Since most students return to their home country due to their parent's job relocations, only some of students have graduated high school.
University of Erfurt,Germany
University of Stockholm,Sweden
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Chung Ang University
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies Hongik University
Hong Kong University
Pohang University of Science & Technology Sejong University
Seoul National University
Singapore Management University
Sookmyung Women's University
Sophia University, Japan
Torrens University, Australia
University of the Cordilleras，Philippines
ARTS of NORTH AMERICA
Parsons School of Design, USA（No. 1 Art and Design school in the US）
California College of the Arts
Savannah College of Art and Design
California Baptist University
Emily Carr University
Midland Technical School
Minnesota State University, Moorhead
Mississippi State University
Moody Bible Institute
Pennsylvania State University
Seattle Pacific University
Southwest Baptist University
Texas Tech University
United States Coast Guard Academy
University of British Columbia
University of California (Berkeley, Irvine, Los Angeles, and San Diego)
University of Central Michigan
University of Chicago
University of Maryland
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Wisconsin
Washington State University
The heroine of our article is Joana SEO, a Korean student in grade 12. She studied in STIS Shenyang Transformation International School since childhood, with excellent academic performance. A few years ago, she had experienced to be a trainee back to Korea. Her five AP courses have achieved a full score of 5 points, and she has passed the highest level HSK6 in Chinese test. Today, she received a good score of 116 points in the TOEFL on December 28. If we summarize the highest scores in the history of all subjects, Joana has reached a super high score of 118 points. We are very proud of her! A lot of people can't wait to know how she did it? With curiosity, let's interview this talented and beautiful little beauty for the first time.
A chapter of my life from growing up to marking maturity in a foreign country has been, and always will be, an experience deeply enshrined in my heart. Without a turning point during certain stages that can become powerful and difficult to cope with, I would not have lived a life as I am at present.
In retrospect, one unforgettable moment has been participating in a Korean entertainment agency as a trainee. Confronting society of cutthroat competitions at the age of sixteen was far from what I had expected. Except for Sunday, from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 P.M., I received vocal, dancing, and acting training that seemed to repeat endlessly coupled with frequent checks of body weight from the manager. Each trainee had to perform in front of the managers every month for an evaluation. Often, I missed the liveliness and warmth. I felt as if I had become a robot estranged from society—repeating the same dance moves and forgetting about my loved ones. Indeed, most of the days were rife with anxiety about the possibility of becoming expelled at any time. Yet, the time of interdependence among trainees gradually came, and I started to ponder profoundly upon them who were chasing common dreams regardless of ages. They gave up everything from relationships to school for this dream of becoming a celebrity in the face of unguaranteed success. Looking into myself, I realized that I had not given up anything priceless, and my priority in life was not becoming a singer, which led me to lack a strong commitment during the training session. This train of thought undoubtedly led me to return to pursuing academics at Shenyang Transformation International School in 2018.
It seemed like others widened their scope of knowledge, and I felt that I lagged behind them. Despite feeling inferior, I consistently tried to engage myself with academic content and began to study TOEFL. I analyzed my weaknesses through taking mock exams, which were reading and writing. Therefore, I spent most of my time improving scores in these two areas. I understood that time management has always been the obstacle to getting a high score in reading. Whenever I read the reading passages, the notion of a time limit deviated my brain from functioning well, thereby failing to understand what I would usually comprehend. I immediately switched my mentality into faking myself that I was wholeheartedly interested in each reading passage, leading to the absence of tension. After going through all the questions, I went back and answered difficult questions that I had initially skipped; the process of skimming the questions in the first round provided me with a sense of security. Writing at least three essays a week to various questions was a key to receiving a full score in writing. By crafting numerous essays, I began to have wide-ranging answers that can answer general questions and have more confidence irrespective of what kinds of questions were given.
Without question, the most important thing is to trust yourself. If you can say you have practiced to the point of frustration, have confidence in yourself. You paid a lot of effort, so believe in yourself. You can surely make it.
— Joana Seo from STIS