St Catherine’s graduate bypasses local universities for an Imperial education

St Catherine’s graduate Yunjia (Kitty) Hong has been accepted to study at one of the world’s most innovative universities, Imperial College London.


Imperial College London is the only UK university to focus exclusively on science, engineering, medicine and business. Their international reputation for excellence in teaching and research sees them consistently rated in the top 10 universities worldwide.

In a outstanding achievement, Kitty also received offers to study MEng Biochemical Engineering at University College London, BS in Pre-dental Program with Biochemistry Major at New York University, and a Bachelor of Biomedicine at The University of Melbourne.

Imperial, a science-based institution, was Kitty’s first preference due to her love of mathematics.

“I ultimately chose to study a Msci Mathematics at Imperial, due to the immense sense of gratification I feel when solving complex maths problems. I thrive on the challenge and wish to continue focussing on what I love. Imperial College London is a university which allows its students to focus purely on what they enjoy.”

“I could not have achieved what I have, without the supportive teachers, staff and students at St Catherine’s. My education at St Catherine’s was unbelievably valuable and unforgettable. This warm and supportive environment has  influenced me to always be curious of the unknown, persevere when I encounter difficulties, and be empathetic at all times.”

“My teachers, Miss Gunn and Mrs Matt shared with me their love of maths and ignited my own passion. They also shared in the delight of my achievements and instilled confidence when I was feeling overwhelmed.”

I also received immense support from our careers practitioner, Mrs Pauline van der Poel, who prepared me for the gruelling process international applications and encouraged me to follow my dreams. I was told to aim high and apply for wherever I wanted, no matter how difficult it was to achieve.

To those who dream of an international education, my tip is, do not think your idea is crazy. Pop into your careers office, make the most of your support systems and you will find your way.”

Kitty is due to commence her studies in October this year.


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