Meet Aleth Berenice
Learn more about Aleth Berenice Heger-Hedløy, Alumni (Class of 2013)
Where are you living now?
New York City
What did you do after you left ISL?
I took a gap year to dance. During this time was dancing full-time, and assisting at Jeanette Hutchines School of dance in Sandweiler. In addition to actively participating in multiple dance workshops, and masterclasses around Europe. I used this year to ensure that I wanted to pursue a career within dance: At the end of the gap year I applied and got into fulltime study the Royal Academy of Dance in London.
What did you study at University?
I studied Ballet Education at the Royal Academy of Dance a course validated by the University of Bath.
Do you feel your ISL education prepared you well for University?
Yes, and no. I was very much prepared for the academic endeavours, I felt my research and writing skills were robust and I felt confident in all my academic classes. However, the practical (dancing, conditioning etc) aspect of my course was something I had worked for outside school, thus ISL did not directly prepare me for this side of my course. Having said this, I always found my teachers at ISL to encourage my extracurricular pursuits. Particularly in the last coupe of years during the International Baccalaureate I felt that having the opportunity to study such a broad range of subjects was exactly what I wanted from my high school education, and prepared me well for university.
What are you doing now?
I am currently furthering my dance studies at the Martha Graham School for Contemporary Dance.
What advantages has studying at ISL given you?
It gave me a well rounded high-school education, and a community of friends from all around the world.
What advice would you give students to help them make the most of their time at ISL?
- Explore as much as you can: find out what it is that you are most interested in- once you realise what it is, pursue it.
- Do not fear making mistakes, the amount you learn from a mistake (or failure for that matter) can take you far
- Harvest your creativity; work on how to tap into it, and use it within whatever field you are working.
Were you involved in any clubs/activities at ISL? What did you enjoy about them and what benefit do you think they have for students?
I was involved in student council, and the track and field team. I particularly enjoyed track and field, the training sessions were a great way to get to know students from other year groups.
Describe some of the things that ISL does above and beyond teaching and learning?
There are plenty of extracurricular opportunities to chose from. These enrich both the ISL community and the individual students of the school. Furthermore, the teachers are passionate and knowledgable within their field of study and pedagogy as a whole, creating a stimulating environment.
How did your time at ISL help shape you as a person?
I learnt about what I did not want to do (I realise this sounds somewhat counterintuitive). I learnt that sometimes you must look in the most unexpected places to find what you are looking for-and sometimes what you are looking for is right under your nose. I learnt that it is ok, to discontinue working on something if it is ceases to be be fulfilling for you. I have been able to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. This adventure encompasses both the well rounded education that I was introduced to through the International Baccalaureate, and the physical/ kinaesthetic education I had time to pursue outside ISL.
What do you think is unique about ISL?
The sense of community.