Anne – Vietnam
Class of 2018
I have never been to a boarding school before, so I wanted to try this new experience. I wanted to become a part of a tightly knit community that cares for each other despite coming from different places, and a boarding school allows for that since we would be seeing each other day in and day out.
Why did you choose to attend ISAK?
I wanted to experience diversity in its truest form and also learn about leadership. I thought that in attending ISAK I would understand different people and their points of view better, and learn more about myself. Also, my sister started it by suggesting ISAK Summer School, which I attended.
How has ISAK impacted your life?
ISAK has made me reconsider some of my habits and tendencies, and in some cases, change them to make me a better person. It got me into the habit of being mindful about my actions and how they impact others, and how I respond to others’ actions.
How has your decision to attend boarding school affected your relationship with your parents?
Our relationship hasn’t changed much, but because I suddenly am away from home, I share a little bit less with my parents about what is happening in my daily life, as a result, they are a little bit more demanding about me telling them what is happening at ISAK.
What is your favorite part of daily life at ISAK?
After a day full of activities, I come back to a room that I can readily call my home, where my roommates are waiting, and just spend time in each other’s company, not having to make conversation.
What have you learned about yourself by being part of the ISAK community?
There are a lot of opportunities for me to improve myself as a person. Surrounded by different people, I am sometimes overwhelmed by their maturity and insight. Everyone has something special to offer, and I learn a lot, just talking to them.