WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
What’s your name?
How many years did you attend ISHR?
What year did you graduate?
What are you up to now?
I work for the Maker Media GmbH, organizing the Maker Faire Hannover und doing community management. I am also involved in licensing the Maker Faires for the German language Sector and sporadically write articles about the Maker Faires for the german Make Magazine.
What was your favorite subject at ISHR?
Music (Higher Level)
In what ways do you feel ISHR prepared you for what came next?
The TOK courses and capability of adapting to social dynamics quickly (as the classes change a lot in the international school system) helped me to think clearly and dynamically and thus adapt to new situations quickly. Additionally the skills I learned at school of how to cope with dyslexia where a great help.
What was the biggest challenge you faced in adapting to life after ISHR?
My biggest challenge during my time at university was the changing my primary academic langue to german in the german university system.
What advice would you give to current students or your former self?
Enjoy your time at school and have faith in yourself. There will be setbacks and taking them too hard won’t change them. If you work earnestly you can and most likely always will be proud what you have achieved.
What’s your favorite memory from your time at ISHR?
When we graduated, the entire class of 2012 played one last round of tag on “the Dragon” in our fancy cloths. We used to play tag almost every day for years ever since elementary school. It had become a defining tradition of the group, even though the other grades thought it rather silly. Last year we organized our 10-year reunion party and visited the school. We could not resist going for another round. However, we had to tread a little more carefully. The 10 years had made most of physically more and the dragon less “stable”. I still remember when we first found out how to climb into the head, how we could swing from the handle of the fire pole directly onto the bridge and the first time we hung on the outside of the legs so only our fingertips would betray our presence to the person stalking on the platform. To this day, I still smile looking at children playing tag and frantically getting away as they hide from and hunt each other.