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Meet our alumni: Kan Funayama – Class of 2021

Kan Funayama grew up in Japan, before moving to Vietnam and enrolling at the British International School Hanoi (BIS Hanoi) in 2016. Kan remained with the school for five years until he graduated in 2021. During his time at BIS Hanoi, Kan made lasting memories and formed invaluable connections with his peers and teachers.  

During his studies, the experiences Kan gained as part of the IB Programme enabled him to broaden his perspective on learning. The programme was invaluable preparation for the next stage of Kan’s educational journey: studying at King’s College London, one of the most prestigious universities in the world.   

Here, Kan tells us more about the positive impact of studying the IB programme at BIS Hanoi.   

What was your experience of the IB Programme at BIS Hanoi?  

When I first started the IB Programme, I felt a lot of pressure. However, once I completed it, I realised that what I had acquired from the two-year programme was more than just a diploma. I also discovered the answers to three important questions in life: where my interests lie, what I want to do when I leave school, and who I want to become in the future.  

Although the programme was challenging, it gave me irreplaceable experiences which helped prepare me for my future pathway - and I’m very grateful for that. 

Kan Funayama - Class of 2021 BIS Hanoi
How did your IB journey change your perspective on studying?  

Before the IB Programme, I assumed that it was necessary to simply memorise everything written in my notes in order to study for exams. However, the IB Programme gave me the opportunity to explore my creativity and learn to create something fresh from scratch: to fill in the blank sheet of the paper rather than just memorising what’s on it. 

I had the chance to explore an area that was of interest to me in-depth and write a 4000-word essay about it, as well as participate in volunteer activities as part of the CAS project. All of these elements instilled a sense of curiosity in me, taught me to learn independently, how to express myself, and improved my research skills and time management. 

To me, the IB Programme is similar to life; it cannot be accomplished just through cramming.

The IB programme showed me that with diligent effort and an inquisitive mind, you can open any door that leads you down the right path. Kan Funayama - Class of 2021
Kan Funayama - Class of 2021 BIS Hanoi
What advice do you have for other IBDP students?  

“When two paths open before you, take the harder one.” - Taro Okamoto.  

The advice I give to all IBDP students is: do your best! The IB Programme may be challenging, but it is a worthwhile adventure. 

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