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On this page we will keep you up to date by showcasing great examples of student learning at the ISUtrecht. Articles range from great inquiry lessons in Kindergarten, to poems written by upper primary students, to lovely features and in-depth reports from our MYP and DP students. This time we hear from grade 11 student Ai Linh.

The World Scholar’s Cup: An Unlikely Journey

I still remember the first time that I heard about the World Scholar’s Cup. It was back in November 2016 that I got to participate in the first regional round ever in the Netherlands. Back then, I did not have high hopes for it, and actually thought it would be boring. Now, more than a year later, I have to say that this was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget. My name is Ai Linh, I’m currently in DP1 at International School Utrecht. I’ll tell you all about my unlikely journey with this academic competition called the World Scholar’s Cup.

How to be proud of yourself

When one thinks about academic competitions, they often think that it’s very strict and that it’s very difficult to do well. That was the reason why I was not excited about the World Scholar’s Cup at first, and as I did want to do well still, I ended up studying lots. But as the competition started, within half an hour the entire audience was smiling and laughing. The staff of WSC actually understood the way we think, and therefore, I believe that they are a very important factor of what makes this competition fun. My team and I did a lot of things, we debated, wrote essays, did quizzes individually and as a team, and even though it was very tiring, we couldn’t help but smile, because it was a lot of fun.  You meet new people, you discover new skills, and most importantly, especially after the award ceremony, you learn how to be proud of yourself.

Making friends from different countries

Because of our hard work, my team qualified to go to the Global Round, which was in Athens. This round lasted for an entire week, and was much different from the regional round. It was more difficult, more competitive, but also more international. You meet people from all over the world, from Japan to Canada and from South-Africa to the UK. Making friends from different countries is one of the best experiences that you can gain from this competition. There are many things that you have to learn before you join the competition, but there are also many things that you will have learned after the competition.

The Tournament of Champions

After the Global Round, my team qualified for the Tournament of Champions at Yale, the American university. Again, it became much more difficult and competitive, but also more fun. You got to meet new people, but also your old friends from the global round in Athens. It was about giving it your all, and doing better than you ever did before. It was about putting your experiences to good use. It was about showing the new you, who now was very proud and confident. And that’s how WSC changed me for the better, and why I will never forget this experience.