The Scholars’ Diaries
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 sta 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 eciently 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.”