Simon Orozco Gutierrez
High School Student
Nationality: Mexican / Spanish
Football. Football is enjoyable because it helps one grow as a teammate and as a sportsman.
What do you like to do for fun outside of school?
Be with friends, travel, play a variety of sports, and do a variety of activities.
What do you enjoy most about learning at YIS?
The level of education is high, and there is a lot of variety in learning experiences. YIS is very good at giving students the opportunity to focus on a topic they enjoy. For example, in I&S we chose any specific societal change from the Meiji Restoration to study and analyze; this allowed students to explore their personal interests like clothes, food, economics, and law in the context of the Meiji Restoration.
What were some surprising benefits you gained from Continuous Learning last spring? Was there anything that you learned about yourself, such as studying styles you prefer, or new habits you developed?
In spite of favoring in-person school due to my social personality, I realized the importance of organization. I couldn't be effective during the school day if I hadn't planned my schedule and materials.
Could you please tell us a little bit about the mural you’ll be painting at the Yamate campus?
Through the DP Art program and because the current campus will be torn down when we move to the new campus, I am planning on drawing a mural on one of the exterior walls of the main building. I aim to create a piece reflecting on the history, identity, culture, and state of transition in YIS.
Environmentalism plays an important part in your family's life. Can you tell us why it does, and what kind of environmental experiences in Japan, you have enjoyed?
Environmentalism plays an important role in my family because of my parents' jobs and my previous schools. YIS helps me explore environmentalism as I can focus a variety of school projects on this topic. In addition, living in Japan allows me to visit Kamikatsu (a zero-waste village) and bring my experience back to YIS.
What excites you most about the new YIS campus?
The football field! It's going to improve daily school life and help the YIS team get better.
Which teacher would you like to trade places with, and why?
Any teacher in Design or Art. They always brighten up your school day and make students want to create something.
What is your favorite YIS event of the school year?
Expeditions are very enjoyable; we travel and learn about new places, people, our peers and our teachers.
What famous person, past or present, would you most like to meet in person, and why?
A Greek philosopher or Gautama Buddha. Both would change my perspective on history and people; I would like to have a good conversation with them (if the Buddha isn't busy meditating).