Visiting Alumni: Izzy Thompson (Class of 2014)
Recent YIS graduate Isabel 'Izzy' Thompson ('14) recently took time out during her Winter Break to visit campus and volunteer teach in our PE and dance classes. In Izzy's words:
"I started as a first-year at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts in the fall of 2015 and, at the same time, applied for a gymnastics coaching position and was hired by Hampshire Gymnastics School. I began working and going to school in tandem, and my mom thought it would be too much for me to handle with all of my school work. However, once I started teaching my own classes at HGS, it was immediately clear to me that I had found my niche. I soon fell into a rhythm; school in the morning, work at night. I was teaching recreational level classes to all genders between ages three to thirteen. I also began coaching the competitive team which consists of female gymnasts aged eight to sixteen. By December of 2015, I was coaching four days a week, 16 hours per week.
At the same time as all of this, I was diving into my first year as a college student. Unlike many of my peers, I knew exactly what I wanted to major/minor in. I decided on a dance major with a minor in education. My education minor combined with dance would allow me to graduate with a teaching certificate in dance education. Outside my classes, I began auditioning for performances put on by my faculty and fellow students. I was surprisingly cast in six different pieces that would be performed throughout that school year. This added rehearsals to my already hectic schedule; class, rehearsal, work, rehearsal. I struggled to find time to take care of myself. However, with the help of the skills that I learned in IB, I was able to manage my time effectively.
I was hyper-involved in my Junior and Senior years of high school at YIS, Varsity volleyball, Cambodia trip, dance team, Varsity Soccer, and four higher level IB courses. I learned to adapt quickly, and figured out how to think critically. My time management skills had to be impeccable in order to keep up with my assignments and activities. When I reached college and had to balance seven classes with a part-time job and three to five hour long rehearsals, I felt prepared and surprisingly calm. I have deduced that I am the type of person that needs to be consistently busy and active.
Although I am working towards my degree in dance education, I am still keen on working towards becoming a professional dancer. My dream is to someday preform with a professional contemporary or jazz dance company in either New York, Boston, or LA. However, I know that teaching is the field that I truly belong in. Whether I am coaching gymnastics or teaching dance or some combination of both, I know that I will be happy in my future as long as I am able to continue working with children to teach them the love of movement."