Kiran Ming Nathan is one of the GIS Scholarships recipients and holds the position of the Director of Digital Learning Strand. She achieved all A*s in her IGCSE exams and obtained a distinction in her Grade 8 ABRSM Piano exam. Kiran aspires to be a doctor when she grows up.
What is your happy space?
I really love music, and my favourite ways to relax are listening to music or playing the piano. It definitely helps me to unwind and clear my mind before continuing with my work.
What do you aspire to be when you grow up and why?
As my passion lies in the sciences, I would like to pursue Medicine at university as I want to be able to make a worthwhile difference to people’s lives. One of the things that attracts me to a career in Medicine would be the fulfilling reward of treating patients, as well as the thrill of facing exciting challenges every day. In the field of Medicine, conducting research is incredibly important and intellectually engaging, which proves to be one of the many diverse and incredible benefits of being a Doctor. However, I also recognise the emotional and mental strength needed, but that is a challenge I am prepared to confront and overcome in the future.
Tell us about your favourite activity/project in GIS.
It definitely has to be planning and conducting the ‘Drop and Go’ sessions when I was part of the Green Strand from Year 9 to 11, as it was so gratifying to see so many members of our community recycle and push us closer to achieving our goal to improve and enhance the eco-friendliness of our school. It was incredible to see the amount of recyclable items that different households collected. The campaign proved to be, and still is, a great success. It has also helped me understand how important recycling is, and that even the smallest effort is enough to give back to our environment.
What is the best part of studying in GIS?
Studying in GIS is extremely rewarding and exciting, yet challenging at the same time. Every teacher I’ve had in GIS has been especially supportive, and they go above and beyond what is required of them to provide advice and extra help if needed. Their dedication really helped me get through the stress of studying for the IGCSE exams, and I only have them to thank for constantly motivating me to push myself and complete everything to the best of my ability.
As a strand director, how do you see yourself leading your team?
My strand is already very proactive and enthusiastic, which makes my job much easier. My intention is not to appear intimidating, or as the top of the ‘hierarchy’ within the Digital Strand, but instead appear as a coach – someone the students can approach if they need advice or help with their tasks. Coaching is one of the main focuses this year amongst the KS5 and KS4 student leaders, and I hope I am able to achieve my goal of developing confidence and critical thinking with the younger student leaders.
Share with us some of your proud achievements in life so far.
Being a recipient of the GIS Sixth Form Scholarship was one of the greatest achievements that I’m proud of; it was indeed very gratifying to be recognised within the school. Getting a distinction in my Grade 8 ABRSM Piano exam was also fantastic; it made me feel elevated as all my hard work had paid off and I was able to finish my piano journey on a positive note. Lastly, achieving all A*s in my IGCSE exams has been one of the best moments of my 2017, as it showed me that I could accomplish anything with hard work, determination and discipline.
Complete the sentence: I wish…
that every child can have the opportunity to access basic education and healthcare regardless of their background or circumstances, as every child should have the right to fulfil their dreams and reach their maximum potential.
“Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie