The Schol­ars’ Diaries

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Vanni, Dav­ina and Michelle shared the same vic­tory when the three were se­lected as the win­ners of AIS’s 1st. In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate Diploma Pro­gramme (IBDP) Schol­ar­ship back in 2015. They all shared the same mix of emo­tions too: joy, ex­cite­ment and fear.

In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate Diploma Pro­gramme (IBDP) has been known as a rig­or­ous and chal­leng­ing se­condary cur­ricu­lum in line with the in­ter­na­tional stan­dard of univer­sity en­try qual­i­fi­ca­tions. Aside from aca­demics chal­lenges ahead of them, Vanni, Dav­ina and Michelle were also anx­ious about the prospect of a new school en­vi­ron­ment and mak­ing friend­ships. They were, af­ter­all, teenagers nav­i­gat­ing un­fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory.

But in­stead of a com­pet­i­tive and strict en­vi­ron­ment, all three im­me­di­ately felt a warm wel­come from the di­verse stu­dent body and friendly teach­ing board. De­spite the close-knit na­ture of AIS com­mu­nity, these girls took no time to blend in and find sup­port­ive peers.

In fact, all of AIS schol­ar­ship win­ners en­joyed school so much that it is hard to be­lieve that their IBDP is com­ing to

com­ple­tion. “It’s bit­ter­sweet to know that my time here at AIS will soon come to an end. There is so much more I have yet to give and ex­pe­ri­ence here!”, Vanni said. She is one of the three who plans to study in Aus­tralia, ma­jor­ing in Com­merce, Com­put­ing or De­sign.

All of them cred­ited the wel­com­ing school en­vi­ron­ment and sup­port­ive staŠ which made the highly-stim­u­lat­ing pro­gram all the more ex­cit­ing. Each of these girls has their per­sonal fa­vorites, from their peer-to-peer men­tor, spe­cific sub­ject teach­ers, to non-teach­ing per­son­nel who they all re­gard in deep re­spect and adu­la­tion.

“There were so many lunch times that she sac­ri­ficed to just sim­ply go over our work or even an­swer our ques­tions re­gard­ing the things that we fail to un­der­stand. She teaches eciently and she made chem­istry ex­tremely en­joy­able for me.”, Michelle mar­velled at her Chem­istry and maths teacher Ms. Tristyn.

In many cases, the AIS aca­demic team has be­come one defin­ing fac­tor in help­ing stu­dents to­wards suc­cess and achieve­ments. As IB ed­u­ca­tion aims to shape in­quis­i­tive, knowl­edge­able and car­ing young peo­ple, it cer­tainly takes one to make one. Thus in the mak­ing of an IB-qual­i­fied stu­dent, the role of teach­ers is truly more im­por­tant than ever.

In essence, IBDP cur­ricu­lum is a per­spec­tive-chang­ing ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram which chal­lenges one’s think­ing, from one-di­men­sional to crit­i­cal mind­set. More­over, it en­cour­ages stu­dents to ac­tively be a part of the so­lu­tion to the world’s prob­lems, main­tain­ing a bal­ance in judge­ment, pas­sion and in­tel­li­gence.

“The IB pro­gram has helped me be­come some­one who is more crit­i­cal and aware of the is­sues or even events sur­round­ing me. I stopped see­ing things in black and white but be­come aware that grey ar­eas do ex­ist in our daily lives”, Michelle proudly re­called of the im­pact of IBDP on her.

Sim­i­larly, Dav­ina loves how IB al­lows ex­plo­ration and prac­ti­cal learn­ing, yet is al­ways chal­leng­ing enough to push her cre­atively. As for Vanni, the broad sub­jects and top­ics in IB Pro­gramme have en­cour­aged her to de­velop a sense of care and so­lu­tion-ori­ented an­swers.

In­deed, three years is not enough for these three who are now in the midst of gear­ing for their univer­sity en­rol­ment. Each of them has had proud achieve­ment as an AIS stu­dent, from bring­ing home medals in World Scholar’s Cup 2017, pre­sent­ing in Sci­ence Fair, as­sert­ing lead­er­ship as SRC Pres­i­dent and more.

“My proud­est achieve­ment was par­tic­i­pat­ing at the World Scholar’s Cup in 2017, where my team were able to bring home one tro­phy and sev­eral gold and sil­ver medals. More im­por­tantly, how­ever, I am proud to have been part of the Con­nex­ions Men­tor­ing Team, where we pro­vide peer men­tor­ing to younger stu­dents in AIS Pe­jaten”, said Vanni.

Aside from the ben­e­fits of IBDP and aca­demics achieve­ments that they will carry for the rest of their lives, Vanni, Dav­ina and Michelle hold in them some­thing that is equally pre­cious if not more. It is the most valu­able mem­o­ries of great friend­ships, sup­port­ive teach­ers, and the fam­ily of AIS com­mu­nity.

“This schol­ar­ship has changed my life and opened up the path to a bet­ter fu­ture”, said Dav­ina, which is echoed sim­i­larly by Michelle and Vanni. “AIS IB Schol­ar­ship has been im­mensely ben­e­fi­cial. It’s about op­por­tu­ni­ties, friend­ships, mem­o­ries, and pos­si­bil­i­ties”, they agreed in uni­son. “It’s bet­ter than what we had hoped for.”

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