Amari, Class of 2017
Bachelor of Business (Marketing Specialisation) — Honours at Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
After graduating from Stamford American International School, I went to NTU here in Singapore studying a direct Honors Bachelor of Business, specializing in Marketing.
During my time at university, I have been given amazing work experience opportunities. I was lucky enough to be accepted into an internship program at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for my first summer internship. At this internship, I gained knowledge about how large companies are able to manage their employees and ensure the standard of expected service level is met, and how to push employees beyond expectations.
Currently, I have been given the opportunity to intern at Singapore Airlines. There, I am learning how to work with data and coding which is something outside of my specialization, but has given me rich insights and knowledge that can be applied in the future.
As I have one more year before graduating, I will be embarking on a semester abroad in Sweden, before coming back to finish my final semester of studies. After graduating, I hope to be able to take a Masters or begin working in the corporate world. As it has always been my passion to plan events, I hope it will be to either work in an events company or department, or even start up my own company!
During my time at Stamford, one of the most cherished memories I will always take away is the Class of 2017 and the friends that I have made. To this day, I still keep in contact with several of my batch mates and we meet up when we get the opportunity to, despite attending universities in different countries.
Another memory would be the volleyball teams and my coaches. With the great training programs and opportunities to travel for overseas tournaments, it has helped me to improve as a player and I have been continuing my volleyball journey in the NTU team.
To all the current graduating year and other high school students, I would highly encourage you to stay involved during school and join co-curricular activities, as the experience you gain from these activities will benefit you in the long-run.
Cherish your school days while they last because they go by really fast, so never forget to have fun when you get the chance. When you enter university, or even before, be sure to take up work opportunities to help you gain experiences and lead you to paths you would never think of taking.
Adam, Class of 2018 Salutatorian
LL.B. Bachelor of Laws at the London School of Economics and Political Science
The Great Beyond – and by that I mean life at university, and not outer space – is a radically different environment to school, in the best possible way. I will admit, it’s far from what I expected it to be: loads of free time, parties, few contact hours, and a decent amount of literature to digest. I often find myself cooped up in the library for the majority of the day, and the rest in various seminars and lectures. At the same time, there is actually a lot of contact time with Professors, which can be incredibly insightful and entertaining. Though, it does mean you need to constantly be on your game.
The social aspect is always there, and with loads of pubs on campus you’re sure to run into a few of the lads should you wish to venture in. At the end of the day, it is what you make of it. There is a great mix of events as well, from networking dinners, to bowling nights, to black tie dinners and beyond. Oddly enough, employers host a load of social events that allow you to explore careers and understand the profession over drinks and canapes. So, as a student, you’ve got to be tactful in sussing out the freebies.
At the London School of Economics (LSE) the atmosphere is rampant with energy, and that really inspires you to do a billion things at once. People are interning, starting companies, going on schemes, writing articles and hosting conferences. It is insane, truly, with how much goes on. From my time at Stamford, I was very much able to muck right in and bring my experience to the table. Of course, I joined the United Nations Society, and quickly succeeded in my application to become Director-General of Administration of YouthMUN, a conference designed to get high school kids involved with MUN. However, at the same time, I found one of my favourite hobbies to take a vastly different form at university. Everything was now about winning. There was no longer a casual, relaxed debate, but rather an intensified analytical forum before me. Luckily enough, I managed to acquire the Commendation Award for SPECPOL at Oxford International Model United Nations and support the team in winning Best Small Delegation.
One of my favourite aspects of university life are the public lectures, which allow you to hear from world leaders, members of Parliament, and other notable figures. In school everything came straight from the textbook, or perhaps a video online, but no longer. You have the chance to hear directly from these people. Even better, if it’s a networking session you can get into a full conversation. That aside, it allows you to explore very specific and nuanced topics that you would not otherwise encounter, and is often on some of the most topical issues in our current state of affairs.
As well, while Stamford was an incredibly international environment, we had all become so accustomed to the being “third culture kids”. In particular, at LSE, the student body is one of the most diverse in the world and consists of people from all walks of life, with very different stories, of all ages. It is something really incredible. I was elected the Sponsorship and Outreach Coordinator of the LSE Irish Society, and introduced to the vast realm of national societies which offer some amazing events.
I think I find myself advantaged having done the IB at Stamford now, because as dreadful as it was in the moment, it does prepare you in terms of rigour and workload. There was a lot of independent learning to be done outside the classroom, and the best work occurred where you dared to take the road less travelled. In university, that is exactly what the Professors want to see from you. It’s all about challenging knowledge and questioning beyond the basic premise. Or, as we say at the LSE: rerum cognoscere causas.
At the same time, I do miss some of the great trips that we went on during Field Studies and MUN at Stamford. Though, being on the doorstep of Europe now, I have managed to hop over to Spain and Ireland very easily. Albeit, it is not the same. Above all I think I do really miss some of the crazy happenings in the Class of 2018 Senior Study. There never will be a room as great as that ever again.
So, if you’re reading this and are still struggling through school: just remember that there is plenty to cherish and enjoy while you can. There are great things waiting at university if you put in the time and work. But, if you’re reading this and you’re someone like me: I hope you’re having a blast and are making the most of things. That’s all from me.