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SSIS Seniors Prepare for the Next Chapter in Their Lives

Tanya Olander

Despite being one of the most competitive university acceptance seasons ever, SSIS students have once again achieved great success and have been accepted to their best-fit universities worldwide. 

Finding and choosing the best-fit university doesn’t happen overnight. From grade 11 all of our seniors have worked closely with their counselors, reflecting on who they are and where their interests lie. And we couldn't be more excited for the Class of 2022 and where they'll be starting their next chapters!

Below are just a few examples of the wide range of passions that our seniors are pursuing. Although their pursuits are as varied as they are, they are each finding ways to continue building their skills and living purposeful lives. 

Senior Profile: Thia

School: Barnard College
Major: Biology

Drawn to the vast range of course opportunities that Barnard's Foundations curriculum offers, as well as the school's emphasis on diversity, equity, and female empowerment, Thia is excited to be heading to Barnard College in the Fall.  During a visit, she was amazed by the Arthur Ross Greenhouse and is looking forward to studying there next year.

What are you most grateful for from your time at SSIS?
I'm most grateful for the friends I've made during my time at SSIS. My friends here have been some of the most supportive people throughout my life in high school. I've always felt like I could depend on my friends inside or outside of school. Whether it meant reading through my college essays or going out for sushi on the weekend, they have always been willing to offer help and have given me a place to fall back on when things are difficult. They've helped me grow as a person so much over the past few years, and I'll always be grateful for that.

Thia, who will be heading to Barnard College this Fall, says her friends from SSIS have helped her grow as a person over the past few years. Photo: Lisa Robidoux

Senior Profile: Brandon

School: Seoul National University
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Brandon feels that choosing mechanical engineering was essential for our futures. He intends to work toward developing new eco-friendly technologies and products that could mitigate the causes and effects of global climate change. He considers it a privilege to be able to dedicate the next four years to studying renewable energy and nanotechnologies. 

What are you appreciate from your time at SSIS?
I believe I truly learned the concept of "Balance in Life". After many trials and failures, I was able to understand the importance of both academics and social life. While being able to strive in academics and leadership positions, I was also able to make many friends from various backgrounds and cultures that I could learn from every day in SSIS. My 6 years at SSIS have brought me many achievements, both academically and personally, that shaped me into the person I am today.

With a calling to make a difference, Brandon will soon be studying Mechanical Engineering at Seoul National University. 

Senior Profile: Sandy

School: University of California, Berkeley (Haas School of Business)
Major: Business - Finance and Marketing

In her college application essay, Sandy shares how an incident toward her autistic brother, Ryan, spurred her to do something the very next day to fight back against the negativity and ignorance that the autism community faces. The YouTube dance challenge she created with her brother gained widespread attention across Vietnam. 

And Sandy will no doubt continue to make an impact, as she has chosen to study at Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, compelled by their strong emphasis on social impact and social ventures.

What are you most grateful for from your time at SSIS?
I am incredibly thankful for the supportive community here at SSIS. Despite being relatively new to this school, help was always available whenever I needed it. Whether I was trying to achieve an ambitious goal, working on a new project, experiencing a personal challenge, or academic drawback, after sharing my plans/situation with the people here I always felt nurtured and understood. I could always count on my friends, teachers, and staff to encourage and push me to my limits. I am sad to leave SSIS because of the memories I have formed with all these kind-hearted people. Ultimately, it is for these reasons that I will forever cherish all the relationships and connections I have created because they have shaped me to become the person I am today. 

Sandy, here with her brother Ryan, is planning for a future in social impact.

Senior Profile: Zane

School: Middlebury College
Major: Environmental science and international relations

While living in Dubai, Zane and his father would go for bike rides each Friday, refilling their water bottles outside of a mosque. Chatting with locals during their stops helped Zane view the Middle East with a more open mind and discover how the natural world--in this case, the desert--shapes a culture. 

"The bike is a way for me to pursue peace in the natural world, my acceptance of the fact that I also belong to a society of different cultures, and a way for me to feel confident in who I am. Wherever I go, wherever I continue to seek meaning and adventure, my mode of exploration will continue to be my bicycle."

Zane chose to study at Middlebury, a small liberal arts college with a close-knit community, where he feels he’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, participate in discussions, and connect with his professors. A bonus is that there will be many opportunities for outdoor activities - and cycling!
What are you most grateful for from your time at SSIS?
I am most grateful for the connections I made with my teachers. I always felt comfortable coming to my teachers and asking questions. They were patient and understood how I could grow from my failures. My teachers at SSIS showed me not to be ashamed of my passions and believed in me. I’ll always be thankful for them as they helped me see my potential, even when I didn’t see it myself. 

For Zane, the bike is a way to pursue peace in the natural world. He is grateful for the connections he made with his teachers at SSIS. Photo: George Marshall

Senior Profile: Rose

School: Manhattan School of Music
Major: Musical Theater

This Fall, Rose will head to the Manhattan School of Music in New York City to pursue her passion for musical theater. Performing is what got her through a particularly challenging time, and in her college essay, Rose describes that she wants others to benefit from the healing abilities of performing arts.
"I want to create a place where others can grow and be challenged in a safe and supportive environment. I know only by doing this I will continue to grow and be challenged as well."
What appealed to you about the Manhattan School of Music?
I was motivated to apply because of my future peers, professors, and opportunities. It is truly a place that will allow me to hone my craft with specialists who don’t just teach but also perform, I know I will benefit from their wisdom and first-hand experiences. I’m eager to be a part of a musical community where I will be surrounded by those who will help me discover my full potential. I was also motivated to apply to MSM because of the location. I long for a city where every day is unpredictable and the center of my passion is a mere 5-minute walk away.

Rose knows that performing arts have the power to heal. She wants others to experience this.

Full List of Acceptances to Date

To date, the SSIS graduating Class of 2022 has been offered 247 acceptances to 138 schools in 19 countries. 


University of Melbourne


Katholieke Universiteit Leuven


Carleton University, Concordia University, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, McGill University, McMaster University, Mount Allison University, Queen's University, Ryerson University, Simon Fraser University, The University of British Columbia, The University of British Columbia - Okanagan, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, University of Victoria, University of Waterloo, Western University York University


National Cheng Kung University, National Taiwan University


Institute of Technology Carlow


Seoul National University


Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia


Amsterdam University College, Design Academy Eindhoven, Erasmus University College, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Maastricht University, NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Breda University of Applied Sciences, University of Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences Utrecht


Lasalle College of the Arts


Durham University Goldsmiths, University of London King's College London - University of London, Kingston University, Loughborough University, Queen Mary University of London, The University of Edinburgh, UCL (University College London), University For the Creative Arts, University of Aberdeen, University of Bristol, University of Glasgow, University of Leeds, University of Oxford, University of St Andrews


Arizona State University-Tempe, Art Center College of Design, Barnard College, Bentley University, Boston College, Boston University, Brown University, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, California State University-Long Beach, Case Western Reserve University, Chapman University, Colorado College, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, DePaul University, DePauw University, Drexel University, Duke University, Emerson College, Fashion Institute of Technology, Fordham University, George Mason University, George Washington University, Gonzaga University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Indiana University-Bloomington, Johns Hopkins University, Liberty University, Manhattan School of Music, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Michigan State University, Middlebury College, New York University, Northeastern University, Ohio State University-Main Campus, Pace University, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus, Pepperdine University, Pratt Institute-Main, Purdue University-Main Campus, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Rutgers University-Newark, San Diego State University, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, Savannah College of Art and Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Stony Brook University, Syracuse University, Temple University, Texas A & M University-College Station, The New School, Tufts University, University At Buffalo, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Davis, University of California-Irvine, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Riverside, University of California-San Diego, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of California-Santa Cruz University of Colorado Boulder University of Connecticut, University of Houston, University of Illinois Chicago, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Iowa, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, University of Massachusetts-Boston, University of Miami, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Oregon, University of Redlands, University of Rhode Island, University of San Diego, University of San Francisco, University of South Carolina-Columbia, University of Southern California, University of the Sciences, University of Washington-Seattle, Campus University of Wisconsin-Madison, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Wabash College, Wake Forest University, Whitman College


RMIT University Vietnam

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