A student, age 18, who was stranded in China during Covid and was more than 7,000 kilometers from her Sydney school, has been named the class dux.
When the Covid epidemic first broke out, Colleen Gao was vacationing in Shanghai and staying at her grandmother’s apartment.
Ms. Gao was accepted as an international student at Burwood Girls High School in the inner-west and it was found that the distance would not have an impact on her academic performance.
She began waking up at 5.30 am every school day in February 2020 so she could attend her lessons in person.
She said that she first felt “confused and anxious” about her predicament.
On an iPad, the science professors zoomed me in so I could view the class. She told the Daily Telegraph, “I questioned my classmates about the allocated work and my other professors offered the material on Google Classroom.
“I wanted to maintain my grades excellent from all the assistance, support, and online classes supplied by my school to show them that it works,” I said.
What was intended to be a fast cure soon became Ms. Gao’s standard, and the young pupil continued her demanding schedule for two years.
Along with another HSC student, she was successful in obtaining them from an Australian government office in China.
Apart from the terrible internet connection, she said that being separated from her Australian friends was one of the most difficult aspects of her prolonged lockdown.
“Being alone was the worst for me,” you said. I didn’t approach them since I tend to be rather an introvert. If we had stuff to do, we wouldn’t speak,” Colleen replied.
Ms. Gao will complete her HSC exams for biology, chemistry, and English as a second language in the next weeks.
Based on her previous grades, Ms. Gao was named the dux of Burwood Girls High School, demonstrating her commitment to learning and determination.
Next year, she plans to attend college to study either sport science or medicine.