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Perfect IB scorer 2017: Debasmita Bhattacharya, FIS

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Brief background: 

I was born in India, but moved to Hong Kong with my parents in July 2000. I grew up here and have attended the French International School since Reception.  

Q. How will you celebrate your great results? 

My parents and I celebrated with a special meal at one of my favorite restaurants, and shared the news with other family members and friends in Hong Kong and India.  

Q. What are your plans for the summer? 

I'm travelling to India in July to spend some quality time with my grandparents, and at the beach, before heading off to New York in early August for freshman orientation.  

Q. What are your plans for next year? Will you go to University or take a gap year? 

I'll be attending Cornell University in the fall as a freshman at the College of Engineering.  

Q. Do you have a career in mind? Can you share a bit about how you choose that study/career path? 

As of now, I'm leaning towards majoring in Computer Science at college. I've always enjoyed math and science in school, and became interested in Computer Science when learning how to code on my own and reading about cryptography and artificial intelligence. Although I haven't decided on a particular career, I am sure that in the future I want to use science and technology to improve the world.  

Q. What did you do to relax during the peak study period in your final year?  

To deal with stress during the exam period, I made sure to keep up with my regular running routine, as it really helped me take my mind off studies for short periods of time in the midst of my revision. I also created and listened to upbeat playlists on Spotify to keep me motivated when taking (frequent) breaks.  

Q. What is your favourite hobby and what do you like most about that hobby? 

Although reading has been my favourite pastime since childhood, I've lately discovered my love for scrapbooking—it allows me to be creative and relive some of my fondest memories through pictures and souvenirs! 

Q. Do you play a sport? What made you choose that sport? 

I've played netball for the school team ever since Year 5, when all my friends and I thought it would be a fun way to spend our Wednesday afternoons, and I haven't looked back since. I love the camaraderie between the girls on the team, and nothing is more exhilarating than successfully executing a play on court.  

Q. Have you been involved in any volunteer or charity work during your final year or over the summer? 

Over the summer, I taught English to primary school students in a remote village in India. I also volunteered at my school's Model United Nations Club throughout the school year to teach younger students how to debate.   

Q. Can you offer some advice for students approaching their last year at school?

My advice to students would be to practice as many past questions as possible, and to stay on top of weekly revision. Don't be afraid to ask questions whenever you're stuck, and remember to take breaks!   

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