Mhairie Claire, ISS Alumnus (Scotland)

I am a 2015 graduate of ISS. I am currently studying at Osaka University in Japan.

My program is part of the Global 30 progam in Japan where the courses are taught in English. I study science in the Chemistry-Biology combined major program (CBCMP), one of the two Global 30 programs in Osaka University.

I was in ISS from preschool until I graduated from the IB Diploma program, however I was away in India for a year in grade 1. I had the opportunity to meet many people from around the world, be it peers, teachers, or staff. With these opportunities I was able to learn about other cultures that contributed to my open mindedness. Due to ISS being a small school, I feel as though people were able to bond better with each other and have more support from the teachers.

I value every moment I had in ISS, even the sad and stressful ones I had during the Diploma program. Without having met international people and carrying on through the struggles, I would not be prepared for the difficulties in my university courses and in everyday independent life.