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Meet Colm Cannon

Learn more about Colm Cannon, Alumni (Class of 2004)

Colm Cannon

Class of (or years attended):
Class of 2004 / attended ISL for 12 years

Where are you living now?
I live in Luxembourg

What did you do after you left ISL?
After ISL I went to university and studied an undergraduate in psychology & criminology. I followed that with a Masters in Management and International Business. And before working I played a year of professional ice hockey

What did you study at University?
As per above

Do you feel your ISL education prepared you well for University?
I did feel that ISL prepared me well, I believe that the ISL encouraged a well-rounded education from an education perspective but from a life perspective as well. The diversity of people, cultures and curricular activities allowed for me to discover new and interesting learning opportunities which were often encouraged by the environment and values ISL set

What are you doing now?
I am currently working for Deloitte in consulting, specialising in banking

Do you think that your time at ISL helped you pursue this? If yes, how?
I think that having a thirst for discovery and a willingness to try new things has lead me to be a good consultant. As a consultant you are often faced with new topics that you need to understand quickly and by having had an overload of education from the above mentioned categories I have learnt to handle new situations

What advantages has studying at ISL given you?
Apart from the above I believe that the IB is a fantastic program that focuses again on a well-rounded education, being able to discuss science, history, literature is a real advantage and allows you to interact with people of all walks of lives

What advice would you give students to help them make the most of their time at ISL?
I would say that there are plenty of opportunities at ISL, and although they might not seem like opportunities but rather duties, take them on as challenges as they will put you in good stead in future life

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 many of the sports programs, band and choir. I enjoyed that these activities allowed you to take the focus off the day to day education while at the same time get to learn and know your fellow students

Describe some of the things that ISL does above and beyond teaching and learning?
As mentioned above I believe that ISL gives students many opportunities, which in turn allow for one to develop as a well-rounded individual which in turn makes life as an adult much easier

How did your time at ISL help shape you as a person?
I continually mention the well roundedness but having the experiences of cultural diversity, a broad education and extracurricular activities as the norm of my development has meant that I enjoy many of those facets of life and therefore get to enjoy the many experiences that this world has to offer, from a love of sport, to rock music, to art and to simply enjoying the best friends that I made while a school and still get to see on a regular basis

What do you think is unique about ISL?
I think that ISL is a unique place because it is a melding pot of cultures and beliefs that after a certain time become norms and create more accepting and appreciative behaviours of other cultures within people

Describe ISL in 5 words
Childhood, growth, opportunity, passed, diversity



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