Class of 2019
University of British Columbia (UBC) Sauder School of BusinessHaving attended ISU my whole life, I’d say it shaped me in various aspects. I believe a lot of it correlates with the IB curriculum, such as the PYP, MYP, and DP programs, the IB learner profiles etc. However, I think what really shaped me into who I am today, is how ISU emphasized the aspects of the IB curriculum. Being an extremely small school, I was able to experiment with my interests, and participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities such as theatre and athletics. This has translated into my life outside of high school. I was also able to create close relationships with our peers and teachers due to the small size of ISU. Additionally, as an international school, I was able to learn about various other cultures and create life-long friends and mentors all around the world. I believe the diversity and rigour of academics was critical in shaping who I am today.
Many of my special experiences from being an ISU student came from school trips. Going on ACAMIS trips and exploration trips such as X-Week or IDEALS are still fresh in my mind. One that I am able to highlight in particular is my grade 7 X-week trip to Hong-Kong. Throughout this trip, I was able to create many cherish-able and valuable memories with my peers. Additionally, for many of us, it was our first time out of the country without our parents, therefore we had to learn to manage ourselves in a way we had never done before. Like this trip, ISU provides various opportunities to get out of the classroom for learning without showing the intentions of education, like athletic tournaments. With these opportunities, not only was I able to create the highlights of my high-school life, but also learn valuable skills that have been transferable to my university and work experiences.