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Safiyyah Rafe, Year 11 student – Garden International School Spotlight | GIS Blog

Garden International School blog student spotlight Safiyyah Rafe

Garden International School blog student spotlight Safiyyah Rafe
Nationality: Malaysian
Roles/positions in school: Student Leader, Perspective editor

What is your happy space?
I find happiness in spending quality time with my loved ones, whether it be my friends or family. My happy place is when I am with them.

What do you aspire to be when you grow up and why?
I aspire to be an innovator, to venture into the field of economics or business. Not only am I passionate about these subjects, I believe that they will teach me fundamental skills such as critical thinking, decision making and effective communication, all of which are are especially crucial to have in an advancing community. I aspire to make a change, to make an impact.

Tell us about your favourite activity/project at GIS.
Model United Nations would undoubtedly be my favourite activity that GIS offers. It allows me to engage and develop my understanding of our world, and the issues that break the peace we strive for.  Furthermore, it has been a pathway for me to form many new friendships whilst collaborating to come up with ways to combat these current affairs.

Share with us some of your proud achievements in life so far.
One of my proudest achievements would be being awarded ‘Top in the World’ by Cambridge for IGCSE Mathematics. Sitting for my IGCSE in Year 10, I was anxious as to how I would cope, as maths was not particularly my strongest subject.  However with all the support and encouragement showered upon me by my peers, teachers and parents in particular, I was able to find confidence in myself. With that and hard work, I managed to do exceptionally well!

What is the best part of studying at GIS?
In GIS, the opportunities are limitless. The best part about studying at GIS is that it caters for the diverse community that encapsulate GIS. There is always something for everyone, for every passion.

Describe GIS in three words.
Diverse, Engaging, Supportive.

What does GIS offer to bring out the best in you?
GIS offers a lot of support, whether it be in class or outside of class. All of my teachers have been incredibly encouraging and supportive, and are always available to answer any of my queries, to give me additional support or to push me to strive. Furthermore, my teachers always offer and are willing to give me additional support when I need it. They give me challenging materials to broaden my knowledge, aiding me in achieving things I didn’t know I was capable of.

As a top Cambridge student, what are your study advice to fellow students?
Confidence is key. Being confident in yourself, and believing in yourself is truly the first step to success. Having a good work ethic, being organised and determined to achieve your goals are also fundamental. Finding what revision method works best for you, by experimenting with multiple different means of revision is also another key tip. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for extra support from your peers or teachers, because I am sure that they will be more than willing to help!

Complete the sentence: I wish… that everyone finds a way to enjoy life and to feel happy, safe and loved.

Life motto: ‘Everything happens for a reason”.

 

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