What Alumni say
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Dario Panada graduated at DIS in 2012
Gian Luca Panattoni graduated at DIS in 2008
"Eight years after completing the IB Diploma Programme at Deledda International School in Genova, Italy I can proudly state that this experience has changed my life for the better. The innovative structure of the Programme combined with the less-conventional, yet pragmatic teaching system of the academic staff have enabled me to develop strong knowledge and reasoning skills. We were challenged to rely on our critical thinking and awareness skills; we were taught how to interpret data sources, information and news in an framed and unbiased way – this last task has proven to be especially important in my academic years. Finally, the numerous group exercises, exchange programs and extracurricular activities we took part in, ultimately helped us become more open-minded young adults. After graduating from Deledda International School, I studied economics and trade in Italy and in the UK, where I’ve been living for the last four years. I currently work in the project finance and international trade sectors and I am happy to say that I still put to good use the skills I acquired in my IB years."
MSc in Shipping, Trade, and Finance
Cass Business School, City University, London, UK 2012 – 2013
BSc in Economics
Università degli Studi di Genova, Genoa, Italy 2008-2011
Linda Repetto graduated at DIS in 2012
"Deledda International School provides the unique opportunity to be enrolled in the International Baccalaureate programme. As a DIS alumna, I have been able to develop attributes that shaped my way of learning and appreciating what surrounds me.
- Inquirer: The IB produces an extremely stimulating environment for curiosity and desire to know more. It is as if there were strategic gaps in the learning materials and assignments that left us students hungry for knowledge and for finding what hides beneath the surface of a concept or a situation. This was an invaluable attribute for what happened to become my academic path, scientific research, where curiosity and creativity are always rewarded.
- Knowledgeable: The IB provides the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge across different subjects. What I learned in Biology and Psychology during the diploma programme helped me cope with the huge amount of workload I had at university when studying Neuroscience, as I was already comfortable with most topics.
- Thinker: It is extremely important to learn how to think, in order to figure out how to learn! The IB put me in the situation of finding different approaches to learning processes according to the topic area I was tackling.
- Communicator: The vast amount of written material and oral presentations that IB students have to produce may seem a waste of time and energy. However, I couldn’t have had a better training than this in order to write proper research proposals and prepare convincing speeches on my research findings.
- Principled: The IB has a strict policy on academic honesty. It can (and does) happen to make mistakes during one’s academic career: forget to cite an author, or not mention the help received by a has been fundamental for me to learn at a young age to recognise these mistakes and avoid them as much as I could, but most importantly, to take responsibility when I was at fault.
- Open-minded: Being a 100% Italian, my first approach to different cultures was at DIS, through its students and its CAS activities. Meeting people with different nationalities and beliefs shaped my way of seeing the world. Not only did being open-minded help when living in other places such as Scotland and Hong Kong, but more importantly helped me see myself through the eyes of others.
- Caring: The core of IB – CAS activities, and especially the Service ones – helps develop compassion and respect for other individuals’ living conditions, be it people, animals or plants. Caring is extremely different from pitying, as it involves the will, strength and knowledge to do something that can start a change in those situations.
- Risk-taker: Assignments in the IB programme do not often allow a student to play it safe with a repeated strategy. Creativity and innovation are however always rewarded. Having an uncommon design for the lab report, or using an unusual approach to the creative assignments are both examples of when taking a risk may establish the difference between a success and a failure. The broad range of instances in which I had to take a risk when studying in the IB also taught me to face challenges with determination and confidence.
- Balanced: Mens sana in corpora sano(Juvenal, Satire X, 356). The reason why CAS Action activities are so important is that the healthy mind depends on a healthy body and vice-versa. The Action hours were my hardest to achieve, but I realised how important it was to keep my body active during my first sedentary semester of university. I started then to really appreciate all the efforts of my then CAS supervisor to keep us students healthy during high-school!
- Reflective: TOK is another core of the IB programme. I learned how to effectively ask questions, and thoroughly contemplate my ideas and learning achievements. It is extremely important to become critical of others’ and our own statements, and never take anything for granted, in order to support our continuous learning process."
Linda Repetto graduated from dis in 2012. She went on to do her Bachelor in Liberal Arts and Science at the University of Maastricht and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2012-2015) She finished her one year Masters by Research in Integrative Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh In 2016.