THE AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF MUSCAT
CLASS OF 2013 / MUSCAT, OMAN
After attending the same K-12 school for most of my life, my parents and I decided it was time for a change. So in 2009, I left behind the friends I made and the comfort I found at the Indian School Al Ghubra and switched high schools by moving to The American International School of Muscat (TAISM). I joined as a freshman and after a semester of awkward adjustments, adapted to the new curriculum, social life, and culture.
TAISM boasts of having over 80 countries represented in a small population of only 800 students. This, along with the small class sizes, fostered an environment where I grew academically, socially, and emotionally. I took a variety of classes-- both required and not-- and invested my time in sports photography, studio art, writing, and working as a teacher's assistant. After being recognized my senior year with the "Excellence in English Language & Literature" and "Leadership in Community Service" awards, I graduated with honors and a 4.00 GPA. That being said- while I am proud of my academic achievements at TAISM, many of my bigger accomplishments came from breaking out of my shell, meeting people from all over the world, and fostering connections with the community.
The Tribune is TAISM's high school student newspaper, published on a monthly basis. As part of the editorial team, I not only wrote two articles per issue, but also copyedited, photographed, and worked on design and layout. In February 2013, I also organized the school's annual photography contest- handling submissions, putting a panel of judges together, and announcing winners.
At the start of my senior year, I worked with my high school art teacher to launch the school's first poetry magazine, The Shiz. I acted as co-editor for the monthly publication-- brainstorming ideas, putting together the layout on Microsoft Illustrator, editing poems, and helping writers fine-tune their submissions through workshops.
HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK
As part of the yearbook committee for two years, I brainstormed themes and worked on design for the 2012 and 2013 yearbooks, working mainly with InDesign and Photoshop.
COMMUNITY SERVICE COUNCIL
Service has always been something very important to me so it seemed only natural to join the school's Community Service Club as soon as I got to TAISM. My sophomore year, I joined the Community Service Council (the club's executive team) and served as the PR chair, creating posters and recruiting student volunteers. Then, at the start of my junior year, I was chosen as the council president and served in that position till I graduated in 2013.
While those titles were milestones I worked toward, my true reward came from helping organizations such as Dar Al Atta'a, the Down Syndrome Parent Support Group, Oman Cancer Association, the RHC Children's Cancer Center, and more. My position on the council and involvement in the club gave me the opportunity to not only raise money for great causes, but also to engage directly with those in need. From spending every Saturday with kids with Downs Syndrome to painting murals for a pediatric cancer ward and from organizing the school's first Valentine's Day flowergram fundraiser (on my birthday) to starting a service event that is now an annual tradition, I got a lot more out of the doing community service in high school than I could have hoped for.