Snapshots and Stanford: a CAS student abroad

This summer, I had the incredible opportunity to attend a mid-IB programme at Stanford University. I went for three weeks and lived with other IB students from across the globe, while preparing to finish the IB and work on my extended essay and other such things I had to do over the summer. Along with that, I had the chance to visit my Aunt a few times, who works in the Stanford Global Studies department. She was able to help me get some speaking time at a Global Studies lecture on refugees, part of a Global Studies summer program.

I was able to present and talk about the documentary superproject, Snapshots of Brussels, which raises awareness of the problems that refugees face in Brussels. Being able to talk about these problems in the United States was really fulfilling, because a lot of people there don't know too much about the situation refugees are in around Brussels. Even if they do, most of them didn't get to have a hands-on experience with them. Being able to tell people about it and answer their questions was quite fun, and also having the opportunity to tell people about something I'm proud of; raising awareness about something that I've worked hard on.

I really had a once-in-a-lifetime experience, talking about and spreading awareness on something that matters to me on the other side of the globe.

Written by a Grade 12 CAS student