Alumni Questionnaire

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Raisa Mirza
PC Year 31

How did you hear about Pearson College?

I was looking for opportunities to go abroad in gr. 9 and I came across a brochure in my Guidance Counselor’s office. The picture of the Pearson docks, the UWC mission statement and the fact that it was full scholarship made me determined to go.

Why did you apply to Pearson?

I was looking for opportunities to challenge myself. The UWC mission statement really appealed to me, and the opportunity to meet so many people from around the world was a dream come true. I loved looking at all the pictures of Race Rocks and diving- the place seemed like paradise compared to subur

What key influence did the College have on you?

I saw so many of my classmates taking a stance and doing what they loved that it became a possibility for me to shrug off generations of cultural and religious pressures to try and find what made me happiest. It made dreams more possible somehow.

What is your most vivid memory of Pearson?

Just one?! Arriving on Keeha Beach after a strenuous hike on the West Coast Trail during Action Week and jumping into the ice cold water of the Pacific. Sitting on the grass on East House lawn, making daisy chains and laughing with new friends, my first dive at Race Rocks and realizing that I could

How does your Pearson experience inspire you now?

The people I met at Pearson remain my biggest inspirations. I see the students and alumni achieving so much keeping me inspired and motivated to work and to change what I see is wrong with the world. The extraordinary environment at Pearson and at Race Rocks has inspired me to keep working at the in

What fact about you would surprise people?

I’m actually very shy and hate going out of my comfort zone

Who would you most like to have dinner with?

All my fellow years together again!

What keeps you awake at night?

Wondering if I’m making the right decisions!

Pearson made me ...

Stronger but more vulnerable- more idealistic but more realistic. It introduced me to my best friends, my career and my life partner- it is a part of everything I am.

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Benoît Charlebois
PC Year 9

How did you hear about Pearson College?

My mother read an article about UWC with a story about a student from my hometown who came to Pearson. I was on the same swim team. My mother pinned the small advertisement near my desk. For two years, despite the fact the article dried up and became discolored, I kept dreaming of coming to PC.

Why did you apply to Pearson?

I was fascinated by geography, languages and cultures. I dreamed of speaking every romance language and of traveling and living abroad, especially in Latin America. Instead of reading comic books I read atlases, and instead of drawing cartoon animals or super heroes, I drew maps of South America.

What key influence did the College have on you?

It drew me to face my limits, to explore beyond my limits, to take uncommon risks. It validated my fascination with South America and Latin Americans. It launched me into a lifestyle characterized by intercultural curiosity and job diversity, a pattern where change would become the only constant. It opened my mind to the abundant potential of creativity present in each individual and the limitless world views which exist around the planet. It convinced me of the importance of appreciating our differences.

What is your most vivid memory of Pearson?

A profound conversation with my Chinese roommate about a moral dilemma. He had completely surprised me with his decision not to make any reproaches to our, in-my-view, guilty classmate, because he did not feel that what he had done was disrespectful. It was a great lesson I still ponder today.

How does your Pearson experience inspire you now?

The innovation and unifying energy underlying this unique educational experiment regularly inspires me in my personal, volunteer and professional ventures.

What fact about you would surprise people?

That I asked my wife to marry me the day after we first met and that she said yes.

Who would you most like to have dinner with?

With my paternal grandfather who passed away when I was ten.

What keeps you awake at night?

The waterfall-like noise made by our defective radiator I haven’t had repaired all winter.

Pearson made me ...

believe the whole planet is my playground.

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Mohamed Amine
PC Year 34

How did you hear about Pearson College?

I heard about UWC through my High School teacher. The idea and mission of UWC highly met my interests and that pushed me to look up more information about the UWC schools.

Why did you apply to Pearson?

I felt that UWC offers the style of life that will help me become the person I had always aspired to be.

What key influence did the College have on you?

Pearson broadened my perspective and helped in defining my interests and goals in life both academically and socially.

What is your most vivid memory of Pearson?

Staying up late in the day room talking about different things in the world with peers from all around the world.

How does your Pearson experience inspire you now?

It pushes me to work harder for a better future for myself and people around me.

What fact about you would surprise people?

I would leave this questions for others to answer.

Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Any person who is both smart and has good sense of humor.

What keeps you awake at night?

I usually can't wait to go to sleep after the long days I have now.

Pearson made me ...

Pearson made me a responsible young man who cares about the world and its different nations as much as I care about my own family.

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Josh Grehan
PC Year 31

How did you hear about Pearson College?

My mother knew about the school

Why did you apply to Pearson?

I grew up in rural Saskatchewan and the chance to be exposed to the world through the student body at Pearson was very exciting. Furthermore, the schools mission of building idealism and working to improve the world called deeply to my own sentiments of what I seek to accomplish with my life.

What key influence did the College have on you?

It has irrevocably changed me. From Pearson I attended Princeton on full scholarship and from Princeton I am now at Oxford on another scholarship. Pearson gave me the chance to dream big, I would not be where I am today without its help. It has also opened my eyes to the common humanity of our world

What is your most vivid memory of Pearson?

This is like trying to ask a parent which child they loved most. For simplicity lets say when i first arrived having a kid ask me my name, and when i say "josh grehan" he hugged me and told me we would be room mates.

How does your Pearson experience inspire you now?

I have a debt to society to repay. Pearson has given me great privilege and I owe it to those who enabled me to do what I have done to pay it forward.

What fact about you would surprise people?

I grew up alone with my mother in a wood cabin heated by firewood.

Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Wow, ummm...Romeo Dallaire. He is a hero of mine. Few people have his integrity and strength and I would love to know from where he drew his courage in times of trouble.

What keeps you awake at night?

The unbelievable disparity between those who have and those who do not.

Pearson made me ...

want more from this life.

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Veronique Barbelet
PC Year 25

How did you hear about Pearson College?

I first heard of UWC while visiting my brother in London who worked with a UWC alumnus. I had been looking for an opportunity to go abroad to experience a different type of educational system. During the same trip, I visited friends in Wales who told us that there was a UWC nearby.

Why did you apply to Pearson?

I was looking for a school that would look beyond just academia and be a school of life. I also knew that I wanted to work in international relations since I was 12 and Pearson seemed like the best place to learn English and learn how to live and work with people from all over the world.

What key influence did the College have on you?

It confirmed that i wanted to work in an international environment and that doing so would be the most fulfilling experience I could have. It confirmed that differences can be beneficial rather than an obstacle.

What is your most vivid memory of Pearson?

Gumboot. Not only because I loved dancing gumboot so much but also because it represented our Pearson community: being able to slap on our boots at the same time in spite of all our differences. Working in the UN today, I feel like I am doing the same thing: all of us working for the same objective.

How does your Pearson experience inspire you now?

I live my Pearson experience everyday at the UN. But I also feel that my Pearson experience has been a great way to open the dialogue with my friends and family in France on living in a multi-cultural society and what it means to be one community with a lot of cultural and religious differences.

Who would you most like to have dinner with?

My close friends at Pearson. I have not seen some of them since we left Pearson and yet we are still so close. I would also love to have dinner with Lester B. Pearson.

What keeps you awake at night?

I love working at the UN but it is sometimes difficult to work on humanitarian emergencies especially when I can put a face from my Pearson friends on most countries I work in. I now work at the World Food Programme of the United Nations and I always wonder how many WFP beneficiaries were actually a

Pearson made me ...

Pearson was a dream come true. Pearson made me the person I wanted to be and I was meant to be. But I also realise that we all made Pearson what it is. Pearson is first and foremost about the students, staff and teachers that make up the Pearson community.

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Maria van Gelder
PC Year 9

How did you hear about Pearson College?

Someone came to my classroom to speak about the scholarship

Why did you apply to Pearson?

I filled an ap, took it to the canadian embassy and went through a series of interviews

What key influence did the College have on you?

Interest in global issues and tolerance to other opposite views

What is your most vivid memory of Pearson?

The friends I made and the horrible parking lot good bye to all my friends

How does your Pearson experience inspire you now?

To help others that will go to Pearson somehow

Who would you most like to have dinner with?

My ex classmates, and the year 7 that I just knew at the reunion and lost contact (private directories and lost their addresses on napkins I threw away by mistake

Pearson made me ...

resilisnt

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Amber Igasia
PC Year 35

How did you hear about Pearson College?

I was in a school assembly listening to announcements and the teacher mentioned this scholarship that could take you across the world. She mentioned Costa Rica, Wales, Canada and Italy. I had never left New Zealand before and so I decided to take a chance. I never thought that I would get it.

Why did you apply to Pearson?

I wanted to make a difference. I didn't know how but I knew that UWC and Pearson College would help me in doing this. I also wanted to share my culture and my understanding with other people and vice versa.

What key influence did the College have on you?

I became empowered by the wealth of knowledge and the abilities of the students around me. I have never experienced such a concentrated amount of people who genuinely care about the world. I met people who taught me valuable skills in organisation, leadership and consideration for others.

What is your most vivid memory of Pearson?

Jane and Jack Matthews Day 2008-2009. We were taught a lesson in inequality through an experiment. The student body was separated into "classes" and we had no idea of the scenario until the end of the day. Each group had different tasks. At the end we discussed the scenario and it was life changing.

How does your Pearson experience inspire you now?

Pearson gave me tools and people that I can keep with me for the rest of my life. I still keep in contact with many of the people in my Pearson Year. They continue to inspire me with the amazing actions they are taking and where they are going with their lives. Pearson for me was the people.

What fact about you would surprise people?

I'm shy and I get stage-fright. People always assume because I am outgoing and talkative that I am comfortable speaking to strangers or performing on stage. It's always a surprise for them to find that I get massive stage-fright to the point that I can't perform on stage without feeling ill.

Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Helen Clarke, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand. She currently works for the UN and I feel like she would have so much wisdom about New Zealand and how to make a difference in the world.

What keeps you awake at night?

Human Cruelty. I hate that there are people in the world who suffer unnecessarily at the hands of others. This is why I am studying towards a degree in Psychology and Anthropology with a major focus on Domestic Violence in NZ at College of the Atlantic in the USA.

Pearson made me ...

more than I thought I could be.lifelong friends.expect more of others, appreciate Ramen, expand my horizons, happy and sad, hopeful.

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Prince Ilboudo
PC Year 35

How did you hear about Pearson College?

I heard about Pearson College on the newspaper.

Why did you apply to Pearson?

When I talked to the national committee and they explained the ideals and values as well as the mission of the college to me, I felt very impressed and felt like I have always wanted to go to this type of school.

What key influence did the College have on you?

The college taught me a great deal of critical thinking skills. The world is not what it looks like; whether it is the distortion of reality through the media, the disguise of politics and economics, or the socially constructed understanding of other cultures, we ought to look at it critically.

What is your most vivid memory of Pearson?

My most vivid memory is when we had to leave after the second year. It was when everyone suddenly realized that some of us would never see each other again after having spent this tremendously loving 2 years. The crying and the shouting are unforgettable.

How does your Pearson experience inspire you now?

It sure inspires me to help. Sometimes, you feel like you ought to be a world leader to say that you have embodied well the values and ideals of Pearson but no. I think the experience taught me that helping others can be done in many ways and my goal is to find successful ways to do so.

What fact about you would surprise people?

The fact that I still keep my idealism despite living in a materialistic society.

Who would you most like to have dinner with?

My classmates from year 35.

What keeps you awake at night?

The sad and problematic realization that I still have not been able to bring about the change that I dream of.

Pearson made me ...

Humble, determined and happy to have been through such a wonderful experience.

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Sarah Blackwell
PC Year 3

How did you hear about Pearson College?

I first learned about UWC through a Reader's Digest article about Atlantic College that I read in 1975 when I was 15 years old and visiting with my grandma in England. I knew instantly that I wanted to go there.

Why did you apply to Pearson?

I loved the idea of being around people from many different countries. I applied to both Atlantic College and Pearson College and initially had a preference for Atlantic College because I had long wanted to return to the UK (I was born in London). I'm glad I went to Pearson though.

What key influence did the College have on you?

The College taught me to be unafraid to take risks, to speak out about what I believe, to think outside the box and to be a servant leader.

What is your most vivid memory of Pearson?

Too many to list! I have more memories of those two years than any other period of time in my life. Saturday night dances. 9:30 cookie breaks. Village Meetings. Caving in the dayroom. Bubble rescue. 24 students sleeping in one hotel room. No cutlery in the dining room.

How does your Pearson experience inspire you now?

I am an immigration attorney. I chose be a lawyer because I like to advocate for others. I chose immigration law because I love to be around people from other countries, just like I was at the College. I help people be with the people they love most. I can't imagine a better job.

What fact about you would surprise people?

I am hearing impaired. I was stubborn about admitting that to others as a teen and even more stubborn about using a hearing aid. Foolish of me, I now recognize. That stubbornness meant misunderstandings even if never acknowledged. But I've never let that disability stop me from doing anything.

Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Everyone in my Year. To have one more dinner with everyone in my Year would be priceless.

What keeps you awake at night?

My clients depend on me to help them successfully navigate US immigration laws. If I fail, then a family's dreams are destroyed. Their faith in me is humbling. Sometimes, a case will be particularly complex and I'll lie awake trying to figure out a creative argument that will allow me to prevail.

Pearson made me ...

A better person. It taught me to BE ALIVE.B=Lead a Balanced LifeE=Be Engaged in My CommunityA=Be an Active CitizenL=Be a LeaderI= International Understanding, aka Conflict ResolutionV=Values E=Be Environmentally Aware

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Gerald Antoine
PC Year 1

How did you hear about Pearson College?

From Student Counsellor and I was open to new adventure

Why did you apply to Pearson?

It felt like the right thing to do

What key influence did the College have on you?

It treated and accepted me as a human being, a Dene as we would say it.

What is your most vivid memory of Pearson?

We all wanted to get to know each other.

How does your Pearson experience inspire you now?

It inspired me to learn more about myself, my culture, my history and the world around us. I would like to re-connect with the ones that experience the first two years of the College.

What fact about you would surprise people?

That I have something to share from my heart.

Who would you most like to have dinner with?

All those that we were part of my life.

What keeps you awake at night?

Being so thankful for all those experiences which have enhanced my personal growth - particularly my spiritual being.

Pearson made me ...

realized that I am who I am and that I have a role in making a difference in the lives of all those people whom were in my life, whom are in my life and whom will be.

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Mica Urueña
PC Year 33

How did you hear about Pearson College?

A neighbour of mine went to Pearson College and he insited that I should apply.

Why did you apply to Pearson?

Because I love challenges, I wanted to learn and become a world citizen.

What key influence did the College have on you?

It made me realize how responsible I am for the changes that the world needs and how much we, people, can do about them.

What is your most vivid memory of Pearson?

Being part of One World 2007 :) loved it...

How does your Pearson experience inspire you now?

I find my self trying to do several things that, I learned at PC, are very important in life such as learning eagerly about everything; building a life where I can work for a better world; caring about my self, my family and friends and keeping my self informed and involved in my community issues.

What fact about you would surprise people?

My will to keep doing things that I used to do at PC even when thay are not usual in my city, or in my country, such as: composting the organic waste on the balcony, going by bike 15 km to work every day, taking every recyclable waist to a place where it is recycled, etc.

Who would you most like to have dinner with?

With my loved teachers, my loved friends, my loved roomies; however I will probably cry when dessert comes, because it means the dinner is getting to its end.

What keeps you awake at night?

The question of, how will I do, all the things that I want to do?

Pearson made me ...

Made me cry, made me laught, made me hear, made me think, made me choose, made me grow, made me find my duty and my place in the world...

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Pedro Guevara-Mann
PC Year 12

How did you hear about Pearson College?

My brother had applied three years earlier. I then heard through my school.

Why did you apply to Pearson?

Seemed like a good idea. I liked the idea of traveling and studying with other people from around the world. I was a dreamer.

What key influence did the College have on you?

Pearson College opened my eyes to the world. I had many of my "firsts" at the College. It taught me to think critically and a lot about personal growth.

What is your most vivid memory of Pearson?

Heading down to the Common Room from Calgary House, on any night and hearing the music blasting; the first time I saw a raccoon; the first time I drove a boat; the marine science lab and the sea cucumbers; walking to Weirs Beach at night; our Tuesday night Nkabomo Fellowship meetings... so many...

How does your Pearson experience inspire you now?

I don't know if I would say that it inspires me. I suppose I could say that it haunts me - but in a good way. My Pearson experience, in a way, informs everything I do, everything I think and everything I say.

What fact about you would surprise people?

It depends on what group of people. Some people would be surprised that I am Deacon in the Catholic Church. Some people would be surprised to know that I work in TV production. Others will be surprised that I grew up in Panama, or that I have a degree in Theatre...

Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Nelson Mandela; the Dalai Lama; Pope Francis; William Shakespeare; Thomas More, John Lennon, M. Scott Peckand Tarzan.

What keeps you awake at night?

the welfare of my children.

Pearson made me ...

more vulnerable. Pearson College made me personally connected to so many people in a way that cannot be explained in words. The result: more pain. More love and more caring, but because of that, more pain.

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Alishba Zarmeen
PC Year 34

How did you hear about Pearson College?

National Committee

Why did you apply to Pearson?

The mission of UWC aligned with my principles and values.

What key influence did the College have on you?

Understanding independence, freedom, and responsibility.

What is your most vivid memory of Pearson?

There are many but Andrew's philosophy class debates.

How does your Pearson experience inspire you now?

I intend to work with Free the Children to empower the youth for a peaceful & sustainable future.

What fact about you would surprise people?

I speak 7 languages.

Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Malala Yousufzai

What keeps you awake at night?

Concerns about my safety because of my religious & political opinions.

Pearson made me ...

A stronger person.

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Sebastian Bragagnolo
PC Year 19

How did you hear about Pearson College?

Just by chance. My mom is the librarian at an English language institute, and she received a flyer promoting the UWC scholarships.

Why did you apply to Pearson?

I applied to UWCs. I was awarded the scholarship to Pearson without it being my first choice, but I am grateful the selection committee sent me there!!

What key influence did the College have on you?

It changed the way I see the world. It is no longer a far away, anonymous place. Now each country has a face and name, and a friend comes to my mind every time I read or hear about a country. Now every conflict or situation seems personal, because I can name someone who is being affected by it.

What is your most vivid memory of Pearson?

My first day, when I arrived and I didn't know a word of English! It was great to see all those people trying to help me break the language barrier and feel integrated. Also, the day we left. One of the saddest days of my life and a day I will never forget.

How does your Pearson experience inspire you now?

It guided me to go into politics for many years and try to change things in my hometown, Mendoza. It is a driving force that is there even if you are not aware, and it shapes the way you do things in school, business or your personal life.

What fact about you would surprise people?

Not sure about that...

Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Not possible anymore, but Mandela would have been my first choice. It was actually pretty close to happening in the summer of 1994. He was visiting the US, and he was invited to visit Pearson. There were 4 students only on campus, and we would have met him but the visit was called off.

What keeps you awake at night?

My children's future, the world we're leaving behind for them, and the fact that there is so much I would like to do and so little time to accomplish all...

Pearson made me ...

A better person, a person with a mind open to learning new things, and who sees the world in a completely different way than I did before going to Pearson.

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Jessica Penney
PC Year 38

How did you hear about Pearson College?

I heard about Pearson College from a friend who had just graduated. After she moved home to work, she encouraged me to apply.

Why did you apply to Pearson?

I applied to Pearson because I love learning about new cultures, people and their experiences. I was excited to be immersed in an environment where I didn't have to travel to do these things, rather we were all together and could form deep relationships.

What key influence did the College have on you?

The College really opened my mind to how different the world is. It allowed me to see different perspectives on issues, and helped me develop my beliefs. I am a better person today because my core principles have been challenged, shaped and explored by my experiences at Pearson.

What is your most vivid memory of Pearson?

My most vivid memory of Pearson is my first day. My dad drove me to the College, and I remember getting so many hugs!

How does your Pearson experience inspire you now?

My Pearson experience does still inspire me. When I look at the friends I've made, the the stories I've heard and the places I've been, all because I went to Pearson, I am so glad to have had this experience.

Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Rather than a famous celebrity or leader, I would most like to have dinner with all of my Pearson friends at one time. We're currently separated at universities all over the world, so I would love to have them all at the same place for dinner.

What keeps you awake at night?

I often think about what my life would be like if I didn't go to Pearson. I would not have the friends I do now, I would not know my boyfriend (also a PC grad!), I would not be studying abroad, and I possibly wouldn't even be doing the degree that I am now! I am so grateful for my experience.

Pearson made me ...

Pearson made me a mindful person. Living with people who had so many different experiences made me understand of the respect every person deserves, regardless of their background, nationality, religion or other beliefs.

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Marcela García Henríquez
PC Year 9

How did you hear about Pearson College?

It was the early eighties and I was living in Chile at the time of Pinochet's dictatorship. I was in my last year of high school and I was not sure about what to do after graduating. Many universities had closed or had restrictions in their study programs. So I asked at my school and they suggested.

Why did you apply to Pearson?

Because I wanted to learn from other religions and cultures ever since I was a child. I was very touched by the principles of "international understanding" and the words of Lester B. Pearson, being myself an Argentinean expat in Chile at the time of the Falkland's War. That was happening in my life.

What key influence did the College have on you?

Pearson College helped me learn how to love another like myself, beyond a language, a religion, a race, a culture. The college gave me a chance to see each person as unique and unrepeatable, as a source of understanding and learning, from heart to heart.

What is your most vivid memory of Pearson?

My best friend, a girl from the a culture so different to mine taking me to a walk in Pearson Drive after I was told that my father had passed away. She is still my best friend after 30 years! This is a memory of unconditional love beyond languages, cultures or religions. It is priceless.

How does your Pearson experience inspire you now?

Pearson College is translated in my everyday life as the option to take an extra mile: to embrace who I truly am and to share with others. It also gave me the treasure of finding the best in every person and to learn from differences among people.

What fact about you would surprise people?

That I learned the 58 uses of the comma in the Spanish language.

Who would you most like to have dinner with?

I would like to have dinner with my family and my mates from Year 9 at the Pearson College dinning room at the next alumni meeting.

What keeps you awake at night?

Educating my children and setting an example in daily small matters that seem not to be so important... but they are.

Pearson made me ...

Glow and believe

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Marc Patry
PC Year 5

How did you hear about Pearson College?

My father passed along a magazine article about the place when I was 15.

Why did you apply to Pearson?

It was a sense of adventure that motivated me.

What key influence did the College have on you?

Good question - perhaps it helped me develop a more robust sense of "the other" in terms of cultures, nationalities. It demystified the concept of "foreigner" for this small town Canadian. It helped me understand that most of our differences are literally skin deep.

What is your most vivid memory of Pearson?

My 10th and 30th year reunions - perhaps because it was then that I truly realized how important the experience had been to me.

Who would you most like to have dinner with?

My wife and good friends.

Pearson made me ...

More confident in dealing with the diversity of people in the world.

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Laura Riba
PC Year 4

How did you hear about Pearson College?

From an English teacher.

Why did you apply to Pearson?

Because I had nothing else to do. I was waiting for some friends to come out from final exams. I was not supposed to apply. I was one year younger.

What key influence did the College have on you?

My world was the size of a pea. It showed me there was so much more in the world and so much more to learn from life and to give to others, to try to change for the better, even if I started with a single person.

What is your most vivid memory of Pearson?

How much love and empathy I could feel for my fellow students and the plights of their countries and their people, and how hard it was to accept that things are never black and white. There are a thousand shades of gray. Nobody is ever completely right.

How does your Pearson experience inspire you now?

By always trying to be happy with what I have. To live simply and help people who really need it instead of always wanting more things that are superfluous. I hardly ever buy something I do not need.

What fact about you would surprise people?

At Pearson I learned what empathy really is, and I have never forgot it. It taught me to be very perceptive of other people’s states of mind and feelings. I also learned cultural nuances from different countries, so people are surprised, when I meet them, how aware I am of their ways.

Who would you most like to have dinner with?

I would have given anything to have dinner with Nelson Mandela to talk about forgiveness among many other things.

Pearson made me ...

Resilient, empathic, open minded, patient, observant, loving of human nature as well as wary of human nature, less selfish, more caring. But if I had to chose only two things, it would be resilient and empathic.

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Hoang Pham
PC Year 39

Why did you apply to Pearson?

Pearson College was my first choice because it's far from home and not too cold.

What key influence did the College have on you?

Pearson prepared me well to deal with different situations in life. I know when to step back and think of what I should do next.

What is your most vivid memory of Pearson?

The outdoors is just so wonderful. Even walking around the campus on a rainy day is great.

How does your Pearson experience inspire you now?

The UWC mission will be an important dream to chase in my live.

Pearson made me ...

A person who can share ideas with different people as well as learn and accept new ideas from them.

I was looking for opportunities to challenge myself.”
Raisa Mirza, Canada, PC YR 31
It drew me to face my limits, to explore beyond my limits, to take uncommon risks. ”
Benoît Charlebois, Canada, PC YR 9
Pearson made me a responsible young man who cares about the world.”
Mohamed Amine, Lebanon, PC YR 34
I owe it to those who enabled me to do what I have done to pay it forward. ”
Josh Grehan, Canada, PC YR 31
I was looking for a school that would look beyond just academia and be a school of life.”
Veronique Barbelet, France, PC YR 25
Pearson made me resiliant”
Maria van Gelder, Ecuador, PC YR 9
People taught me valuable skills in organisation, leadership and consideration for others.”
Amber Igasia, New Zealand, PC YR 35
I think the experience taught me that helping others can be done in many ways and my goal is to find”
Prince Ilboudo, Burkina Faso , PC YR 35
To have one more dinner with everyone in my Year would be priceless.”
Sarah Blackwell, USA, PC YR 3
Being so thankful for all those experiences which have enhanced my personal growth - particularly my”
Gerald Antoine, Canada, PC YR 1
Pearson made me cry, made me laught, made me hear, made me think, made me choose, made me grow, mad”
Mica Urueña, Argentina, PC YR 33
Pearson College made me personally connected to so many people in a way that cannot be explained in ”
Pedro Guevara-Mann, Panama, PC YR 12
The College had a key influence on my 'understanding independence, freedom, and responsibility.'”
Alishba Zarmeen, Pakistan, PC YR 34
Now, each country has a face and name.”
Sebastian Bragagnolo, Argentina, PC YR 19
I am a better person today because my core principles have been challenged and shaped by Pearson.”
Jessica Penney, Canada, PC YR 38
Pearson College helped me learn how to love another like myself.”
Marcela García Henríquez, Chile, PC YR 9
It was a sense of adventure that motivated me. ”
Marc Patry, Canada, PC YR 5
My world was the size of a pea. Pearson showed me there was so much more to learn.”
Laura Riba, Mexico, PC YR 4
I know when to step back and think of what I should do next.”
Hoang Pham, Vietnam, PC YR 39

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