KAS alumna, Jennifer Kuo is no stranger to pursuing her passions! After she graduated from KAS in 2014, Jennifer started her college journey at Dartmouth College, one of the prestigious 8 Ivy League schools in the U.S., majoring in Linguistics. She minored in Japanese, which was also her favorite class at KAS for how hands-on and interactive it was.
As an IB Diploma student at KAS, she says she gained skills that benefitted her when it came to the university environment. “The IB program helped me to develop a more logical, critical thought process, which came in really helpful when writing in a college setting,” says Jennifer. “It gave me a bit of a head start and helped me transition into the type of writing and argumentation you are expected to do in college.” The IB DP program often means students gain advanced standing or college credit which means they can skip introductory classes in some areas.
Jennifer loves challenges, and advises other KAS students to try new things! “In most U.S. undergraduate programs, the classes you take in your first year don’t have too many consequences on where you end up. It’s a great time to take risks and try out some classes you wouldn’t normally have considered.”
Her next steps are already in progress as a Ph.D. student in Linguistics at UCLA with an eventual goal of developing a career in academia. Though Los Angeles is a beautiful area to live, what she misses most about Taiwan is the inexpensive and delicious food and the convenient public transit. Congratulations to Jennifer on her path to success and for finding her passion for languages while a KAS dragon.