Fuller has found BridgeU to be helpful in building more trust in the school system among students and parents. Often, he says, students are used to agents making extravagant promises, and he’s pushed them to see that they can reach those achievements on their own. “It comes back to the intrinsic motivation which students should have. They are the ones that are going abroad and going to the universities,” he says.
By enabling students to do their own research, and keep all of their information about universities and careers in one place, BridgeU is helping UISZ students invest in the process of planning their post-secondary pathways.
The feature students find most useful? “The shortlisting and reach, match, safety tool,” he says, without hesitating. “It’s so powerful, and so easy to use.” He also cites the writing builder, the global shortlisting ability to input any university, and the note-taking tool.
For a school with as international a student body as UISZ, the reference letter tool has also been very helpful. Previously, Fuller says, teachers sometimes found it difficult to write letters for students who had only been at the school for a short period of time. With BridgeU, students’ information is there for easy reference when teachers are writing their reports, and Fuller says this helps the teachers and the students: “If they’re needing a bit more guidance in terms of how to write the letters and what to include, it is a really useful tool for them as well.”
Getting feedback from the students is crucial to Fuller. “For them, going to university is a big deal, and it’s a big investment as well,” he says, particularly for those travelling around the world to study. “In the long term, the proof of the pudding will be that they have gone through the programme here, gone into university, been successful, gone into a career that they are interested in, and,” he says, hopefully, “making sure they pay that back.”