As part of a special feature that we would like to continue in the future, we have launched ‘Senior Corner’ articles! These will feature small interviews with some of the exceptional seniors of each graduating class of ANS. Since they are twelfth graders, they are asked twelve questions! For this issue, we were happy to be able to interview Inhyuk Seo.
What is your name and how long have you been at ANS?
- My name is Inhyuk Seo, and I have been here at ANS since K5, so 13 to 14 years I would say.
What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
- Hmm … I think I would be: optimistic, proactive and relatable. I am just very approachable and easy to get along with! You can reach out to me for anything.
What are some of your hobbies?
- In my free time, I like to play games — mainly computer ones, but I like Fortnite too I guess, haha! I also really love reading, but I mainly read non-fiction. The two topics that interest me the most right now are politics and economics, so those tend to be the main topics I read about the most. Right now I am reading The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson. It’s really good! It basically talks about how economics has developed throughout human history, and how one can first build an economic system. Other than that, I also like to have fun, hang out with friends and go to parties, but that’s sort of normal, isn’t it?
What are your potential study or work plans for the future?
- Right now, I am still waiting for my decisions, but I would really love to go to New York University’s Stern School of Business to study business administration! It’s just such an amazing school, not just because it’s at the heart of the financial capital of the world, but also because it would offer me so many opportunities to better myself like through great faculty and classes! It would help me achieve my dream of becoming a business owner. I think I would really like it if I could come back to Nicaragua and have my own business!
How was your college application experience?
- Hard. That is the honest truth. A tip to everyone — do everything before the due date! Start early. You will die if you try to finish things right before the deadline. Don’t leave it to last minute. I am, well, also speaking from experience.
How has ANS prepared you for college?
- ANS has given me the opportunity to take various courses and broaden my perspective of the world. It has challenged my comfort zone and allowed me to expand my interests. By offering me a variety of courses like Forensic Biology, Global Studies and Introduction to Business, I feel I have a more open mindset.
Did you take any standardized tests? If so, what did you take, how did you study and what would you recommend?
- I took the SAT three times, and I would recommend it. I think it is a better choice because it is simply more well-known, meaning that it is not only more common and widely-used, but also has more resources available to test-takers studying for it. To prepare for it, I would suggest buying lots of books with practice tests and checking answers when you are not sure. Review your mistakes from each section to make sure you can improve.
Have you had any college interviews? If so, how did they work and what advice would you give for them?
- No, I haven’t yet.
What has been your best memory of ANS? What has been your worst?
- My worst memory was definitely finals week in freshman year! Honestly, it was hell. You missed it because you were lucky enough that it was abolished before you came to high school, but I had to take them. They were awful. I hated them. I was so stressed. And my best memory? Well, quite honestly, it hasn’t happened yet, because my best memory of ANS will be finally graduating and seeing all my hard work pay off!
If you could redo or re-experience any school year, which one would it be?
- Ah — if I could re-experience any school year, it would be ninth grade. When you are a freshman, you are just beginning a new stage of high school, a new stage in your life, and everything is new and exciting. It really thrills you! However, while you feel like you’re slowly becoming an adult and it feels really good, you also begin to realize that you have to be more responsible. Your parents will always be there to try and support you, but you realize that they won’t always be able to do so. You have to begin to be more independent. Overall, freshman year was the beginning of a learning experience.
What is one piece of advice you would give to future seniors?
- Definitely to work hard — work hard, hard, hard! It will be difficult, but you have to give it your all. You can do it! Give it your all and it will definitely pay off. Focus most of your efforts in semester one, because that is the bulk of the work. After, it is mostly just a matter of waiting. Just cruise along for semester two, and enjoy the ride.
What will you miss from Nicaragua?
- I will miss so much! A big thing will be food, though. Man, I will miss the food. I especially love churrascos. Wow, those churrascos. Of course, there are also other things that I will definitely miss like the culture. The people are so warm and welcoming. Here, the general society is just more carefree, more friendly, more open. That won’t always be the case everywhere else, especially when you officially become an adult. I will miss it.
We thank Inhyuk for his time with us, and wish him all the best going forward!