September 6, 2023
This blog series aims to offer a glimpse into the student life of our Student Ambassadors. The BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Student Ambassadors play an important role by representing BISV throughout the academic year in many ways. From cherished memories, to conquering challenges, from time management to immersing themselves in clubs and activities.
Meet Joy G., Grade 7, class of 2029. Prior to attending BISV, Joy attended a public school. Since joining our school, she quickly took it upon herself to join the Student Ambassador Program. Joy is also an active member of multiple clubs including Astro Circle, Math Circle, and the Associated Student Body.
Outside of school, Joy enjoys playing basketball and badminton. She also loves traveling, alpacas, and fried chicken with ice-cream. She says, “Don’t judge the combo until you try it!”
What have been some of your most memorable moments or experiences at BISV and why?
One of the most memorable moments or experiences I’ve had at BISV would be the Middle School Yule Ball, which was really exciting. The dazzling display of lights, synchronized with the rhythm of the music, and themed decorations created an enchanting atmosphere. Social events like this serve as a delightful break from the rigors of academics, allowing me to embrace my playful side and recharge my energy. At times, the workload in BISV can feel a bit much, so I really like to use these events to help balance out the stress that naturally comes with such rigorous academics. The social events at school help me feel more refreshed and ready to get back to work.
What are some challenges you faced when first starting at BISV and how did you overcome them?
My first year at BISV was accompanied by the common challenges of adapting to a new environment. I vividly recall my first day stepping into a classroom of unfamiliar faces. I had met my teachers and a few classmates at the Back to School Festival, but I didn’t know anyone very well. The feeling of apprehension slowly transformed into a sense of belonging through consistent engagement in activities, clubs, and positive interactions. This transition was akin to an ice cube melting in warm water, symbolizing the gradual adaptation into a new school environment. The BISV community, encompassing both faculty and fellow students extended a welcoming hand, so it was easy for me to feel at ease.
This year we have over 90 clubs at BISV! What are the benefits of participating in our extracurriculars?
Clubs at BISV serve as opportunities for developing indispensable skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, effective communication, and leadership. The experiential nature of club involvement allows for discovering new passions and boosting self-confidence. Furthermore, these activities allow for social interaction on many levels, enabling students to create bonds with peers who share similar interests. Beyond personal growth, clubs often contribute to the broader, unified community. For example, perhaps a club is advocating to help with our climate situation, and they’re reaching out to other organizations to build projects to combat climate change. Participating in a club that has intentions of helping our community as a whole defines a student as someone who is eager to help, and brings out the side of them that is a crucial part to demonstrating what a student is really capable of.
How do you manage your time and balance academic, extracurricular activities, and free-time?
Upon receiving a task, whether it be an academic assignment, club responsibility, or personal errand, I undertake the vital process of prioritization. Factors such as deadlines, significance, complexity, and duration guide me in categorizing these tasks. Employing schedules and planners help keep me organized and accountable, while the Pomodoro technique serves as an effective tool for study sessions. The Pomodoro technique is 25 minutes of work, a 5 minute break, and then repeating it a few times until a long break, which is 30 minutes. It’s effective in managing my time, and it helps put off procrastination, so it is an efficient tool I’d highly recommend. If work ever gets to feel a bit overwhelming, seeking guidance and support from my peers, Dean of Students, and Subject Expert Teachers assists in navigating challenging circumstances and sustaining a positive outlook.
What are some ideas you had about BISV that you found out to be true or false once you joined the school?
Prior to becoming a student at BISV, I held the notion of the schools dedication to academic excellence, a belief that I have found to be true. The school’s commitment to providing a rigorous yet comprehensive learning environment is something I am grateful for. At the same time, I had envisioned my ability to keep up with the coursework to be daunting. I thought I would struggle with maintaining my grades in such a rigorous learning environment. And while I am busy and have to manage my time well, I feel supported by my school and parents when it comes to my goals.
Finally, what advice would you give for incoming students to make the most of their year?
Embrace trying new things! Participate in clubs, activities, and events that resonate with your interests. This is a wonderful way to make new friends and stimulate personal growth. As BISV has rigorous academics, it’s important to organize all your study materials and regularly review them to stay on top of your classes. I do admit that this can be harder to do than say and it can be potentially challenging at times. Nevertheless, maintain a resilient and positive attitude with the help of your peers, teachers, deans, and school counselor. Overall, for incoming students, just relax and enjoy your first year, open up to new things you haven’t experienced before, and be mindful to keep track of academic tasks or organization.