from March 2023

What’s your name?

Colin Jentsch

How many years did you attend ISHR?

10 1/2 years including the school’s first Reception Class.

What year did you graduate?

I didn’t. I left ISHR halfway through gr 10 in Dec. 2007 to attend a South African boarding school and matriculated from there in Dec 2010.

What are you up to now?

After matriculating in South Africa, I completed a Scottish Masters at the University of Glasgow in Psychology and ‘Business and Management’. I then went onto the University of Nottingham and received a Masters of Science in Occupational Psychology. With these i began a three year Future Leaders’ programme with GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals in London and since May 2020, have been living in Munich working with the same company as a Business Partner in Human Resources, training and guiding leaders in various aspects of their business.

What was your favorite subject at ISHR?

English with Mr Lowe, PE with all Mr Keller and Sallee and being part of the sports teams.

In what ways do you feel ISHR prepared you for what came next?

It was very good that teachers were quite attentive towards me and observant, recommending that I be tested for a Learning Disorder. Once a diagnosis was received, the school reacted with modifications and ongoing support which helped me attain my future goals and learn how to adapt not only in a school or University environment, but in all aspects of life.

What was the biggest challenge you faced in adapting to life after ISHR?

Learning that other environments were not ever going to be as protective as ISHR was.

What advice would you give to current students or your former self?

Don’t put yourself under undo pressure of always wanting to come from a point of expertise….test and experience life… you don’t have to know 100% of everything. Try to see the joy and the benefit of the experience itself. Make enough time to balance your interpersonal relationships with those expectations that Society or the workplace may place on you.

What’s your favorite memory from your time at ISHR?

Making friends with people from a range of diverse backgrounds, having a broad mix of people around me and being able to experience life vicariously through the diversity of the people in my class.

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