WISS Today Article

As WISS graduates embark on the next stage of their academic journeys at prestigious universities worldwide, several of them from the Class of 2022 shared their thoughts on their experiences at WISS and their future career plans.   

Peter-Martin #WISSgraduate Class of 2022  

What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead?  

For the year ahead, I’m most excited to see myself develop new skills and gain experience, working on reaching my goals as I approach this half gap year. 

What will you miss most as you move on to the next chapter?  

I will miss the relationships I forged in the past three years at WISS. The teachers and students I’ve built relationships with and the dynamic in class will be most memorable.  

What was the biggest challenge you faced at WISS, and how did you overcome it?  

One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced at WISS was probably the need to adapt to change ever so often, from covid lockdowns to new teachers. I’m glad that I’ve overcome this challenge by learning to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.  

What is your proudest achievement from your time at WISS?  

The proudest achievement I had at WISS might have been when we became the Number 1 volleyball team in the West of Shanghai. It was an exciting time. 

What are your post-graduation plans?  

I will be staying in Shanghai for a half-gap year, working on my craft in music and other aspects, such as joining intern programs at companies, before I move to Australia to attend university. 

What advice would you give to future WISS students?  

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes allow for maturity and experience. But most importantly, learn and grow from these experiences. Constantly reflect and believe in yourself to reach a goal. Also, create good and healthy habits that you can incorporate in the future; it never disappoints. 

What are your favorite memories at WISS?  

My favorite WISS memories might be the deep, meaningful conversations we have in class with teachers and friends. All these memories helped me truly cherish the community that I’m in.  

WISS has prepared me to…  

Adapt and overcome. To be comfortable doing what excites. To seek discomfort.  

Jolene, #WISSgraduate Class of 2022  

Tell us a bit about yourself.   

My name is Jolene. I’m originally from Shanghai and have been attending WISS since 2010. I like the color purple, which summarizes most of my personality.   

What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead?   

I am looking forward to taking online programming courses until the start of my undergraduate program.   

What will you miss most as you move on to the next chapter?   

I will miss the different projects I got the chance to pursue during my time in school. I was able to be a part of groups such as iShare, GAIL, Student Council, The Sapphire, etc. I will cherish my experiences with all of them and the friends and relationships built through this process. 

What was the biggest challenge you faced at WISS, and how did you overcome it?   

One of my biggest challenges at WISS was kickstarting and sustaining ideas through the more difficult early stages of some projects. It can be challenging to gather the initial support and resources needed to pursue an idea, but I found being persistent and a bit of general stubbornness seemed to help me achieve my goals. 

What is your proudest achievement from your time at WISS?   

The various events I had the opportunity to participate in and lead during my time with groups such as iShare, GAIL, and The Sapphire will have been some of my proudest achievements through school. Designing The Sapphire platform and brand is also among my proudest achievements of the past few years.    

What are your post-graduation plans?   

My plans as of May are still unconfirmed, but I hope to pursue degrees in design in the Asia-Pacific region. I also plan to take online courses and apply for more internships during my time off as well.   

What advice would you give to future WISS students?   

I would advise future students to take advantage of the opportunities available. Don’t be afraid to pursue a project, even if it seems daunting. As long as you are passionate about the idea, you will enjoy the process, and intrinsic motivation should come more naturally. With that in mind, I would also advise you not to take on more than you can. Make sure to leave time to take care of yourself.    

What are your WISS favorite memories?   

My favorite memories consist of the positive impact the clubs I participated in had on the community. Those moments where the success of our work was able to be measured in the sheer amount of joy or positivity produced will always be some of my fondest memories during my time at WISS.    

WISS has prepared me to…   

The WISS community has shown me a level of compassion and empathy that has changed my outlook on people and relationships entirely. Having been a part of the community for almost 12 years has prepared me to enter the next chapter of my life open-minded to new perspectives and determined to always learn as much as I can.  

Simone, #WISSgraduate Class of 2022  

Tell us a bit about yourself.  

I’m Simone. I’ve been at WISS since Grade 4 (2013). Over the years, I’ve been a part of many groups and programs at WISS – including iShare, Peer Counselling, The Sapphire, Giving Tree, Period Talks, TEDx, and others. I am a naturally empathetic person and passionate about music and baking. I also hope to go into a career where I can support people to overcome mental health struggles.   

What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead?  

I’m looking forward to seeing my family again and adjusting back to my home country’s culture. And good food. 

What will you miss most as you move on to the next chapter?  

I will definitely miss all the people I’ve connected with and the international community at WISS. While I’m certain I will encounter other international communities in university, none will match the warm community found at WISS. I will also miss the groups that I have been a part of and leading fun projects.   

What was the biggest challenge you faced at WISS, and how did you overcome it?  

The biggest challenge I faced was citations. Shout out to Ms. Kirchoff, who fostered my citation skills.  

What is your proudest achievement from your time at WISS?  

My proudest achievements lie within the groups I have been a part of. However, currently, it would be a mental health and well-being support program that a friend and I are looking to implement in the coming year. I also take pride in the events I have been a part of, such as the Winter Concert.   

What are your post-graduation plans?  

I plan to take a gap year as I transition my life back to my home country, Scotland. I’m aiming to focus on myself as I believe mental health should always be a priority before education.   

What advice would you give to future WISS students?  

Although the message is that education is important and a priority, student life isn’t all about being academically excellent, it’s also about harboring their passions and making time for yourselves. Get involved with the arts, music, and theatre; go to events; join clubs!   

What are your WISS favorite memories?  

Being at WISS for nine years has led to a lot of friendships and bonds, which are the source of all my favorite memories.  

WISS has prepared me to…   

WISS has shaped me to be an empathetic and open-minded person, which I know are traits that will help me get far in life. I have found passions that I will continue to develop, and I overall hope to share my experiences at WISS in my future.  

Ricardo, #WISSgraduate Class of 2022  

Tell us a bit about yourself   

I am Mexican but was born in the United States of America.  I Lived in Italy for two years before coming to China.  I play a lot of sports, but my main one is basketball. I have also been the captain of the WISS Basketball and Volleyball teams. I like to perform music on the drums and piano   

What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead?   

Well, I am taking a gap year. But during that year, I hope to learn more about myself and find certain activities that I will enjoy that will help me decide what I want to apply for the following year.    

What will you miss most as you move on to the next chapter?   

I will miss my friends and teachers that have been supporting me throughout the years at WISS.    

What was the biggest challenge you faced at WISS, and how did you overcome it?   

At home, I have been dealing with several issues which overall lowered my confidence and concentration in school. However, I overcame this by progressively dedicating time to myself to enhance my motivation, and I received lots of support from the WISS community.    

What is your proudest achievement from your time at WISS?   

I think improving my level of confidence has really been a great achievement.  I always try my best, and I am proud of the amount of effort I put into my work. Since my confidence increased, I was able to become more of a leader, which allowed me to become the captain of both the WISS basketball and volleyball team.    

What are your post-graduation plans?   

I am still deciding on what I want to apply for. So, I am considering taking a gap year to focus on myself and hopefully decide the following year. Additionally, I will also be learning Chinese as I will still be living in China.    

What advice would you give to future WISS students?   

The best advice I would give to future WISS students would be to always dedicate time for yourself, to still work on developing good habits, and to always thrive on being the person you want to become. During school, a lot of students tend to stress out, which can cause several issues mentally and physically.  

However, whether you have work to upload or not, your mental and physical state should be your number one priority. If you are lacking in sleep, you will not concentrate as effectively in school. If you are not exercising, this will affect your concentration and attention in school as well. So, make sure you are taking care of yourself first.   

I also know that asking teachers for help is another great piece of advice because the more teachers that understand your situation, the more supportive they could be. Teachers are not only there to help you learn, but they are also there to support you during personal conflicts.    

What are your WISS favorite memories?   

Overall, I had a lot of favorite memories at WISS:   

The Students VS Teachers Basketball games, messing around with friends, and all the funny moments I had  with teachers and staff   

WISS has prepared me to…   

WISS has prepared me to become confident within myself, which makes me a leader, a risk-taker, and a communicator. I also think WISS has prepared me to become more balanced and reflective in general. I am more balanced between my decision-making and my time management, and I reflect on my actions to understand my strengths and weaknesses. Lastly, WISS has prepared me to become more open-minded, as I have understood different cultures and seen a range of points of view. Because of that, I was able to show empathy and respect toward others.    

Rita, #WISSgraduate Class of 2022  

Tell us a bit about yourself.   

My name is Rita Yoshida, and I am 18 years old now. I have been at WISS for about eight years.   

What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead?   

A part-time job. I never earned social experiences, so I am very much looking forward to it. Hence when I go back to Japan, I would like to do a part-time job to prepare to join the society. 

What will you miss most as you move on to the next chapter?   

The fact that I cannot study at WISS. After I graduate, I will go to a city I do not know and study at a completely new university. New things are making me scared, so I wish to stay at WISS with my classmates, teachers, and other people who were forming WISS.   

What was the biggest challenge you faced at WISS, and how did you overcome it?   

Language barriers were my biggest challenge. I wished to create new friends in this school, but I could not speak English. Hence, I struggled to communicate with others at the beginning.  

What is your proudest achievement from your time at WISS?   

I am so proud of my volunteering experiences. WISS offered many opportunities for volunteering or other activities: iShare, Giving Tree, and Sports day support, and these helped me to learn about the community, including school and local, and learned how I could collaborate with others.   

What are your post-graduation plans?   

I will go to a university to develop my understanding of business management.  

What advice would you give to future WISS students?   

I want to tell them not to be scared to communicate with others. It is because I know people in WISS are more friendly and caring than in other schools.   

What are your WISS favorite memories?   

International day was my best memory. Because it was like a festival and I was able to see many traditions from different parts of the world.   

WISS has prepared me to…   

Learn my major in English. To be honest, this is my best takeaway from WISS. It helped me look at many sources, such as academic journals, which were not only written in my mother language to study at University. Also, IB learner profiles and WISS’s teaching style helped me be open-minded to this world. I am more aware of global issues than before I enrolled, and I have become a critical thinker about many things. I believe it will help me survive in society.