Once students graduate from YIS, they don't necessarily leave the community permanently. Aside from being a part of a growing network of alumni around the world, they sometimes come back to the campus for more than just a visit. Class of 2014 alumna, Isabel Thompson-Pomeroy, spent two weeks observing and working with class 4M as part of her studies in education. Currently a junior at Mount Holyoke College in the United States, Izzy, as she is know in the YIS community, is majoring in dance with a minor in education. Her practicum here is part of a course entitled, "Observing/Assisting in Inclusive Classrooms", which looks at how educators integrate students with special needs in the general education classroom. After initially observing classes, she was given the responsibility of planning, organizing and teaching classes to gain experience first-hand. The subject of her class in the pictures below is that of expression in dance to convey daily emotions using only the body, no words.
Izzy comments, "I hope to dance professionally after college. I want to explore the dance world while I'm still young and fit, and get to know as many choreographers and dancers as possible. I hope to join a company and eventually start my own contemporary/modern dance company."
Reflecting on her time as a student here, she fondly remembers the more unconventional lessons she had. "I remember my English teacher in senior year wrote a song about the IB and serenaded us with it. My physics teacher took us outside and had us shout across a park to each other to observe how sound travels. I always loved how creative the teachers were in their delivery of the material. I also really enjoyed traveling around Japan with my friends on our expeditions."
Izzy's graduation yearbook insert
What advice does she have for current students? "Work hard", she says, "but don't stress yourself out about university, especially if you're going to the United States. Getting into an Ivy league school or getting a top score on the SAT does not determine your intelligence or worth. I did terribly on the SAT and didn't choose to go to the hardest school I got in to. I chose a place where I knew I would be happy, and I'm very satisfied with my choice. Take time to enjoy after-school activities and such, because you will have less time for them in college. Practice talking to strangers and people outside of your friend group. You'll be thrown outside your comfort zone in college, and it's good to expand your social horizons before you get there."
Thanks for remaining a part of the YIS community, Izzy, both overseas and back here in Yamate. Best of luck with your dancing and other studies. We're happy to have had you back in a different role, and pleased we could be a part of your further education as well.