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Rapid fire questions with Karina Young (IS, class of 2021)

Karina has been awarded the Chairman's Award for Excellence for her outstanding achievement in the IBCP. She is now studying animation at the Leeds Art University

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The ESF Chairman’s Awards is a celebration of the world-class performance of our graduates. The awards recognize excellence in academics and outstanding achievement in Leadership, Commitment and Contribution to Service, Embodying the Spirit and Values of the School, Sport and Creativity. 

Today’s #ESFRapidFireQuestions feature Karina Young of Island School, who won the Chairman’s Award for Excellence for her outstanding achievement in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-related Programme. She is now studying animation at the Leeds Art University, England.

 

How did your ESF education set you up for success?

As an art student I would say that taking the IB Career-related Programme (IBCP) was one of the best choices I have made. I know I wouldn't have succeeded quite as well if I took IBDP, and the experiences I'd gotten from being able to focus on my chosen subject and being able to do practicals instead of stressing for too many exams was worth it. 

I think the fact I didn't have as many subjects as one would normally have gave me a very stressless experience during IB, which helped me work more diligently on the tasks assigned, as I would be able to focus easier and give more effort into each individually. I also took two art subjects (IB and BTEC), which gave me enough material and time to create a more diverse portfolio for university. 

 

What advice would you give to other ESF students who would look up to someone like you? 

If you're stuck or confused with a task or assignment, ask the teachers. Actually, constantly ask the teachers questions if you're confused. I know a lot of people would rather suffer in silence, but getting constant confirmation was extremely helpful when I was in school, and it allowed me to know exactly what I needed to do and how to do it.

 


We look forward to seeing more creative works from Karina! Stay Visit ESF Connect to stay tuned to more stories of our #amazingalumni

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