Voices (ISL Stories)

Meet Marie-Louise 

Learn more about Marie-Louise Bateson, Alumni (Class of 1998)
Where are you living now?
Valencia, Spain
What did you do after you left ISL?
Attended Wellesley and Lafayette College in the USA.
What did you study at University?
I majored in English Literature.
Do you feel your ISL education prepared you well for University?  
Yes, absolutely. In fact, my IB credits enabled me to complete university in three years rather than four.
What are you doing now?
I’m currently learning Spanish and running www.thekinproject.com. I have three other projects in the works for next year...
Do you think that your time at ISL helped you pursue this? If yes, how?
My time at ISL gave me my ‘tribe’ of other third culture kids. I have no fear of moving to a new place where I don’t speak the language - which has helped enormously with our move to Spain!
What advantages has studying at ISL given you?
I think studying in such an international environment nudges students towards having a very open mind - this is enormously useful in pretty much any field.
What advice would you give students to help them make the most of their time at ISL?
Take part in the extracurricular activities as much as you can and soak up all the different cultures you’ll encounter via your friends from all over the world.
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 played basketball, softball, ran track and was also a member of the Yearbook, Student Council and Art Clubs. I loved NECIS games - we were extremely lucky to spend our weekends traveling to other European cities and hanging out with other international students.
Describe some of the things that ISL does above and beyond teaching and learning?
It gives you such a lovely community for life. I graduated twenty years ago (!!!) and a large number of my best friends today are from ISL. Not to mention my husband… 
How did your time at ISL help shape you as a person?
I think ISL has given me a lovely sense of ease and familiarity no matter where I am. I find it pretty easy to connect with anyone from all over the world.
What do you think is unique about ISL?
There were so many unique things about my ISL education. Back then, the school was a former convent, there were only 19 kids in my graduating class, and the teachers really knew all of us extremely well. In a class of 19 students, there were Irish, Swedish, German, Austrian, Luxembourgish, American, South African, Brazilian, Turkish, Japanese, French, Swiss and English kids. Every day was like a mini UN convention… 
Describe ISL in 5 words

International, warm, interesting, friendly, ambitious.
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