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Look who's back! - Simran Chhabra - Alumni Class of 2016

Simran successfully completed the International Baccalaureate and graduated from St Andrews in 2016. Simran attended university in Canada and is now back working her magic at St Andrews International School. 

We have asked Simran numerous questions about her experiences from life at school, how useful it was to complete the International Baccalaureate and about her 3 years at the University of British Columbia in Canada. 

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What is your fondest Memory from St Andrews?

My favorite memory has to be the trip to Tanzania during spring break. It was an awe inspiring experience learning the culture as well as the minimalist lifestyle that people were living by. We got the opportunity to set up some electric work for the houses and lay bricks for some of the upcoming houses.

Group expedition photo Tanzania Nord Anglia

Most importantly, we learnt how individuals valued their community and sense of belonging to the group brought them so much pride and joy. I definitely took that learning and try to use it in my day to day life. Hoping to find happiness in the most basic things.

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How did the International Baccalaureate help you after you left St Andrews?

The International Baccalaureate prepared me for the upcoming challenges that I was about to face in University. In my first year at The University of British Columbia I was bombarded with several research papers with little to no explanation, as professors imagined we would be familiar with the concept. I had seen some of my friends struggle with the assignments, but due to the IB, I had enough experience and was prepared to make it work.

Above all, I was also able to juggle between my academic life and social life, this was definitely because the IB allowed me to broaden my horizons and divide focus between several subjects and commitments such as the Extended Essay and CAS.

What advice would you give to current St Andrews International Baccalaureate students?

To have confidence in themselves and know that they are going to make it. The teachers are really supportive so ask them lots of questions. Also, do not let go of any opportunities that come your way. This is because once the results come out, there will be no regrets and a doorway to immense opportunities. 

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Where and what did you go on to study?

I went to study at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. This is because it is ranked 2nd in Canada and has a lot of cultural diversity. The campus is gorgeous and it is well known for a degree in Psychology, which I pursued for my undergrad. I also really wanted to live in Vancouver, due to its air quality and nature.

The University of British Columbia

University was a wild ride, it would be hard for me to point out the best part. However, the friends that I made there have truly become family, and I could not have made it through without them. Another thing I loved was the giant food portions and occasional trips to the countryside.

I had the opportunity to study with some amazing people and professors that made me view the world with a broader perspective. I also carried out several research projects that were part of my psychology degree. I spent 4 years there and met many different people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

I came back to Bangkok and looked for opportunities. I reached out to St Andrews to see if I could gain experience in the inclusive learning support team. I completed an internship which turned into a full-time role. I currently work at St Andrews International School as a Language Support teacher. It has been an honour to work with such talented people and inspiring students.

St Andrews Teacher Simran
What are your plans for the future?

I will continue my learning in a Master’s of Counselling degree in Melbourne, Australia, at Monash University in 2021. 

I want to continue working in the field of Education. When I see students, I see future leaders and people who will make a difference. Therefore, I want to do my best, by putting my best foot forward. Later in life, I want to run/join a charity and do something helpful for humankind.

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