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Vanessa Lee, Class of 2019

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Nationality: American

Roles/positions in school

Head Student, Student Leader of the Positive Education Strand, Captain of the Girls Swim Team, Sixth Form Scholarship Recipient

What is your happy space?

Anywhere with my family. This could be at home binge-watching Netflix together, or travelling around the world and exploring new cultures.

What do you aspire to be when you grow up and why?

Whilst my future aspiration is still uncertain, I definitely want to do something meaningful and impactful. Helping those in the wider community and leaving a positive influence on someone else’s life is important to me.

Tell us about your favourite activity/project at GIS.

One of my favourite activities at GIS is Perspective, the school magazine.  As a completely student-run CCA, Perspective is a reflection of our inquisitive student body. From articles featuring ‘Vantablack’ – the darkest substance in the world – to provocative pieces shedding light on the plight of Syrian refugees, the range of topics in our magazines perfectly captures the essence of diversity within GIS.

What is the best part of studying at GIS?

Definitely the people in the school. Students in GIS are incredibly driven, inspiring and friendly. Teachers are dedicated, supportive, passionate and always willing to go above and beyond to assist students. The GIS community is very dynamic and is what makes this school so special.

How does GIS bring out the best in you?

By giving me opportunities to thrive both inside and outside the classroom. GIS is a safe community where I have been able to flourish academically, develop as a leader and cultivate some of the most important friendships of my life.

Describe GIS in 3 words.

Diverse, dynamic, inspiring

Describe your role as a head student (goals, opportunities, learning etc)

Representing the student body in driving positive change at GIS has truly been a humbling and rewarding opportunity. Having recognised that us students are in an extremely privileged and fortunate position, my main aim was to promote a culture of gratitude within the school community. My whole school initiative, Project #iamthankfulfor, has empowered students, teachers, and supporting staff alike to develop empathy and spread thankfulness.

Share with us some of your proud achievements in life so far.

Academically speaking, my proudest achievement has been receiving the Top in Malaysia IGCSE Economics award. Outside of academics, I have been particularly grateful for being granted the opportunity to be Head Student.

Life motto:

“Success isn’t about how your life looks to others. It’s about how it feels to you.”

– Michelle Obama

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