Ankara Elementary High School
Name: Mandaklnl Chandra
What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending McGill University or London School of Economics studying in Environmental Development, International Relations and History.
What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
I will always remember the diversity in the halls of Ankara ES/HS. Koreans, Americans, South Africans .... we have It all. When I first moved here, I rememberthinking that high school was going to be a mix of traditions and cultures- the melting pot really fantastic. I will remember all the teachers that shaped my academic interests. Most of all, I will miss laughing with my friends and screaming the school song as loud as possible during pep rallies; I will miss senior class meetings, academic bowl practice and all the fun we had while making the yearbook.
What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
I will miss talking to kids from all over the world. Whenever I attended a conference or an event in Germany, I always enjoyed traveling to a different place and having some great conversations. I believe that DoDDS Europe education has some unique opportunities for high school students and it's a great feeling to know that you're part of a larger community than just your high school.
What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
Science fairs, MUN, history fairs, quiz bowls, leadership conferences- you name it, we have it! Take Every opportunity to participate In extra-curricular activities and contribute to your school. Take every opportunity to exceed the boundaries in terms of academics. Play sports, run for student council, and most importantly, have fun! High school will never come back.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself In a grass-roots NGO or a development agency In my home country or even abroad. Living overseas will alert you to thousands of problems that need fixing. Our generation will face new challenges in politics and technology; hopefully, I will be able to give back to the world around me Instead of lining my pockets with a job that pays the big bucks.