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A Transformative Education: Ritik Chamola'19

Former Scholar Reflects on his SJI International Experience
Performing eyecare checkups with Baan Dada's Children's Home, Thailand
Performing eyecare checkups with Baan Dada's Children's Home, Thailand

Looking back on my time at SJI International, I can think of no better place to have spent what was arguably some of the most transformative years of my life. The international community, rigorous academics, and wide-ranging extracurriculars have all challenged and enriched my educational journey. My personal experience being both a scholar and the son of a teacher here, led me to be doubly appreciative of the unique advantages of a Lasallian education as well as the generous benefactors that make this possible for so many.

 

Senior Council Investiture at the Founder's Day Dinner

 

I firmly believe that an SJI International education has the potential to be whatever you want it to be; during my time in school, I experienced service-learning firsthand, teaching music lessons at a UWS school in Koh Chreum, Cambodia, and later joining eyecare drives at a children's home in Western Thailand. As a member of the Student Council, I had the opportunity to exercise my leadership and teamwork abilities through school-wide initiatives such as Wellbeing Week. These are just the drop in the metaphorical bucket of opportunities available to the SJI International student, and I am extremely grateful for having been able to take part in a few of them.

 

Lasallian volunteers with locals at UWS Koh Chreum, Cmbodia


Following my graduation, I decided to spend a term working at the SJI International Elementary School as a Teaching Partner, where I continued to be impressed by the sincere staff and the comprehensive virtues-based curriculum. As I prepare myself for the next stage of my life at Yale University, I remain greatly indebted to SJI International for the skills and opportunities with which it has provided me.

 

11th Senior Council and Organizing Committee of Hair4Hope 2019

 

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