@windowpainting: hey! i'm here on my US passport (I was just born there, no relationship whatsoever with the country tbh lol), my parents are from hong kong, and i spent my entire life in beijing haha. i applied through the chinese national committee.
AC was definitely a huge change for me. i was quite interested in the boarding schools in the northeast (i.e. HADES) and so i was expecting really great facilities and really nice houses and everything. the facilities and the student houses are all from the '60s or the '70s, so if you're interested in that kind of stuff (as i was when i first got here), lower your expectations waaaaaay down. it took me a looooooong time to get used to it and i was incredibly homesick, but the people here are really some of the most diverse you'll ever meet. i feel like AC is the only UWC that is truly completely international. there's a significant chinese population here, about 25-30 students (first and second years) and that's still out of 350 students. AC really does fulfill its aim in making sure it's a real international community. as in, i know for sure that if i want to visit serbia or greece over the summer, there is a student in the school who would offer to have their family accomodate me for whatever period of time.
okay i'm done with my monologue about that haha.
i'm currently taking HL biology, english lit, and french b; SL econ, politics, and math
don't worry! i'm on october break right now so i haven't got much else to do