A few Alumni updates from the past two months: for graduation years DP2007, DP2009, DP2013, DP2014 & DP2017.
Robert Duckworth: Rob was a graduate from SIS in 2013, and went on to study at UBC in Canada. Here are some of his memories from SIS and his recent degree course, “I have incredibly fond memories of SIS. This school has given me lifelong friends and a global network of alumni, which has reached me several times since I moved to Vancouver five years ago. While there are several teachers I could thank for specific advice over the years, in general, I would say that SIS teachers deserve huge credit for getting students to think globally from a young age – this is something I have really grown to appreciate as I completed my degree. Academically, I found the adjustment from the IB to university to be a natural progression. I think the Diploma really has its value in preparing students both in terms of content, but also in time management. I would highly recommend UBC as an option to current SIS students looking for a North American education – the university is ranked highly in several global rankings, has a large international student population, and also a beautiful campus. Like SIS, I also found it had a great sense of community and extra-curricular opportunities. These were both hugely important to me having been in such a tight-knit school for ten years prior. Right now I am working for a small consulting firm in Vancouver to develop some business acumen. I’m not yet sure what the long-term future holds but I’m excited to have Mum and Dad settle here in just a few weeks as the old man finally returns to his birthplace. Matt (graduate from DP2009) and I are looking forward to having them close by.” Following on from Rob´s brother Matt, another graduate from 2009 was Ben Worsley.
Ben Worsley: Ben, just recently signed with Warner Records with his band Belle Mt and he has been added to the British Airways in-flight entertainment! Ben studied creative music technology at Surrey University. Congratulations Ben! Check his band out here: youtube Belle MT and follow them on twitter
Congratulations also go to Will Moody on securing a place at Cambridge, Clara College to study for his Masters in Law. It was great to have both Will and Ivan de Martino in at the start of the term to give some guidance to our students on their degree programmes. Will studied Law at Durham and Ivan studied in Italy at the University of Bologna. It was also nice to hear of a small London SIS alumni get together organized by Kyle Rolph from DP2014 recently!
I was recently able to catch up with Maria Isabel Garcia Ortega, Esther Morris-Peña Davies, and Andrea Carmona Benitez. They are all studying in Madrid and really enjoying their courses at CEU Universidad San Pablo Madrid. Estefi is studying Medicine and Andrea & Maribel are both studying Law related degrees. Also from DP2017 Lucia Mier Portillo and Patricia De La Rocha Llop dropped in to say hello. Both girls are also currently studying Law at Bristol UWE.
With the forthcoming SIS Career Convention on April the 19th, it is a good time to thank a couple of SIS alumni who are taking part. DP2010 & DP2007: Thomas Medina, who will be representing Southern Rock Insurance, was a graduate from 2010 and also Sam Reynard, of Mad Hatter Film Productions who graduated from SIS way back in 2007!
….and last but not least the first SIS Alumni get together in Rotterdam – with Nienke, Danielle, and Henry!
Head of University & Career Counselling,
IB DP History and Theory of Knowledge (TOK)