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Recent UWC Graduates

Tess Lockey - Li Po Chun UWC '15

Where in the world are you, what university are you in right now, and what is your major?
I'm currently studying in Sarasota, Florida at an art college called Ringling. I'm an Illustration major.

How did you come to decide on your major?
Drawing was a hobby of mine and I always loved looking at other artist’s work. I took Visual Arts as a subject in the IB and I enjoyed thinking up concepts for my pieces. As a major in Illustration I will work a lot with concepts and will be able to learn the techniques I need to be more effective at communicating different ideas to people through the images I make.

What is the most important lesson you learned from UWC?
It’s hard to think of just one important lesson. I feel like I learned lots of little things that add up to make the whole experience important. But perhaps I could say that in general I learned a lot about people. Sure I learned their names and faces and countries, but what was more important was that I learned about them as individuals, with their own set of feelings, dreams, hopes and motivations. I began to understand my own relationships with others and how each of us can affect one another. I learned that after everything, it is our bonding with people that make any experience mean anything. Once I learned this, I became less shy and more open towards others.

If you could go back in time and give advice to yourself before you began at UWC, what would you tell yourself?
Don’t be afraid to speak your mind. Great things can happen when you let people know what you think.

What are some plans for the future?
Do well in art school. Haha! But aside from academics, I intend to talk to more people, see more of the world, and visit more of my friends who are now once again scattered across the globe.

Jem Guhit - UWC Maastricht '15

Where in the world are you, what university are you in right now, and what is your major?
I am currently in Fulton, Missouri. I study in Westminster College, and I will be majoring in Biochemistry and a double minor in Public Health and Music.

How did you come to decide on your major?
I would like to pursue Medicine in the future, but at the same time I am also interested in laboratory work and innovative research. Therefore, Biochemistry is the best ideal major for me.

What is the most important lesson you learned from UWC?
I learned how to co-exist with people that believe in different beliefs and have different cultures; this led me to growth and maturity. This gives me a reminder every time I travel and study abroad that I am a global citizen of the world, my goals are not only to bring changes to my own country but to make a difference globally and internationally.

If you could go back in time and give advice to yourself before you began at UWC, what would you tell yourself?
Just be yourself, and don’t forget where you came from.

What are some plans for the future?
I am praying that I could get in to Medical School. Aside from that, continue doing internship and volunteer programs related to Medical fields, and when I become a doctor I would like to work for the UN and at the same time give back to the Philippines.