“I’ve not always been very clear about my goals and passions. In fact, I wasn’t very engaged at school and expected low grades in my IB.”

When Emmy first met with GRTalent, she lacked confidence and motivation, and was not managing her time well. Using our highly personalised academic and practical coaching, we worked with her on her personal statement to identify strengths and weaknesses. We helped with her IB Extended Essay (IBEE) and guided her throughout her internship experience. We also organised for Emmy to visit several university fairs – and in debriefing her, drew out her interests and passions.

“Reflecting on what I’ve done both in and outside school was very helpful. I realised that I need to set better goals for myself.” said Emmy.

Emmy’s IBEE topic was Political Theatre. Given her interest in performing arts and theatre, GRTalent recommended her for a summer internship with the Hong Kong Arts Festival where she worked with the team coordinating public events. This experience in dealing with theatre logistics and running a stage stimulated Emmy’s interest in business management. At the same time, positive feedback from her supervisors further motivated her to challenge herself and push beyond her current limits. At the end of the internship, Emmy’s supervisor at The Hong Kong Arts festival provided a personal recommendation for her university applications.

“The internship was really fun. I’ve become much more articulate and sure of myself. It also increased my interest in business management.”

During her time at GRTalent’s College Advisory Programme, Emmy’s IB grades improved dramatically (from the high 20s to low 40s). Her parents were greatly impressed by the significant improvement.

Using our ‘stretch and safety’ approach, GRTalent helped Emmy to narrow her choice of university programmes and guided her through the application process. Emmy was accepted by top local and UK business undergraduate programmes at Durham University, University of Birmingham, University of Bath, The University of Hong Kong , The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.