Brentwoodian 2022

Chinese at Brentwood, I completely lacked confidence when speaking. The speaking competition was a huge step outside of my comfort zone: not only was I going to have to speak at a high level, but my ability to do so was being explicitly judged. My teacher’s support made it much easier for me to performmy speech and allowed me to face my fears. This gave me new confidence in public speaking that has been of significant value to me in exams and daily life. Although my studies at Brentwood have come to an end, this is certainly not the end of my Chinese study. I have so much more to learn, and I am looking forward to returning to China and making full use of what I have learned so far. I know I will take the tools and knowledge I have acquired over the course of my Chinese study at Brentwood with me for life. By Chloe O’Connor 33