I am Dominique Aluquin or more affectionately known as Nikki, and I will be going to UWC Costa Rica. I come from a Catholic Filipino family and I have 2 siblings, an older sister and a younger brother.


If someone told me last year that I would be studying in Costa Rica, I would have thought they were crazy. To travel halfway across the world and study in this amazing school that brought together people from all the world sounds unfathomable, but, gratefully, it is a reality.


If I were to describe myself in three words, they would be: motivated, conscientious and loud (my friends like to tell me that they hear my voice before they actually see me).


I am very grateful and humbled to have received this opportunity to discover more of the world and learn more about life from a kaleidoscope of people and activities. UWC gives the opportunity of a lifetime and I knew that I could not pass it up, everything I could learn and how much I would grow as an independent and strong minded person would be something I could not let pass by. I took the chance and filled up the application form, without any expectations but with a light of hope that I would at least get past the first round of selection.


I am incredibly thrilled to represent Singapore in UWC Costa Rica, especially since this is the first time they’re sending anyone to UWCCR, I pray this won't be the last.

To future UWC applicants: Try. Take that leap of faith, put yourself out there and submit that application form. You never know unless you give it a shot. Be your true self. That’s the best person you can be.


To future UWC Scholars: You did it. Pack your bags and get ready for an incredible adventure.


I’ve packed my bags and bought the plane tickets, I’m ready for this new, crazy and whirlwind journey.


“As long as you’ve got passion, faith and are willing to work hard. You can do anything in this life.”

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