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With the new year upon us, we’ve reached the midway point of another school year. Six months in, our first-year students have had a good amount of time to adjust to a life where the next opportunity for travel is usually right around the corner. Our first term, which took place in New Zealand, was full of such opportunities and included three weeks devoted specifically to exploring the beautiful and diverse environments of the North and South Islands.
While our new students find themselves in the early stages of their TGS journey, our graduates have spent the last six months adjusting to life after THINK Global School. Many of them elected to begin attending university this past fall, and the necessity of attending classes on campus required that they trade in their dog-eared passports for seats at a lecture hall. Our other graduates elected to take a gap year to weigh their options and scratch the travel itch when it beckons.
While the graduates may have gone their separate ways geographically, their friendships with each other, their fellow THINK Global School students, and the faculty and staff are still very much intact. Due to this, we were able to arrange a roundtable conference call to discuss their lives after TGS, six months out.
The call included six graduates and was moderated by newMedia Lab teacher Lindsay Clark, whose history with them traces all the way back to 2010-11 (Lindsay joined us in June 2011). Over the course of the call, Lindsay presented questions from current THINK Global School students who were interested to learn what they can expect after walking across the graduation stage themselves. Questions included:
- Did your senior class trip to Mt. Kilimanjaro present any lasting takeaways?
- In regards to your world travels, do you have trouble relating to your new friends and classmates?
- What advice do you have for a person transitioning from a nomadic to static lifestyle?
- What do you miss most about THINK Global School?
- What are you most excited about moving forward?
The answers provided are insightful and often surprising, proving that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to life after high school graduation. We hope you enjoy the podcast and look out for more stories and media from our graduates in the future!