From the 2014 graduating cohort – Now CAS Coordinator, KMUN Coordinator and TOK Teacher at ARKIS

Fatima Alshamasi | CAS Coordinator, KMUN Coordinator and TOK Teacher at ARKIS
Liberal Arts, Scotland | Graduated Year: 2017
  • When did you start at ARKIS? When did you graduate?

I joined ARKIS as a student in 4th Grade and I graduated in 2014. I came back as a “Theory of Knowledge” teacher and a CAS assistant in August 2017 but left at the end of the academic year to continue my studies. I came back, once again, in August 2020 as a CAS and MUN coordinator and a TOK teacher.

  • What were your fond memories of ARKIS?

I have so many. My love for books was ignited because of the school’s library. The library has been my sanctuary since 4th grade up until I graduated (I even became a temporary librarian in 2018). Undoubtedly, my other fond memories were the teachers. I came across four teachers who left a very profound mark in my life and I can’t imagine being where I am today without their teachings and guidance. 

  • How did ARKIS help professionally?

I believe that my experience as an IB student has shaped me in many ways. I didn’t find my studying at university nearly as difficult as my experience with the IB! For the most part, university was a breeze for me. Being involved in CAS, as cliché as it might sound, really helped me get out of my comfort zone. I had a terrible fear of speaking to people and if it wasn’t for the things I tried out, I don’t think I would have overcome that. 

  • What would you say to the young you as an ARKIS student?

Stop forcing yourself to hide in your own bubble. Enjoy the company of your colleagues and socialise more often. Don’t take your time in school for granted. 

  • Take home message to current students at ARKIS

School is a haven I did not realize I had until after I graduated. The experience you have is literally yours to shape. It’s up to you whether you want to make it a great one or a horrible one, so use your power wisely.

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