After six outstanding years at TASIS, Diana Khassanova ’19 (Kazakhstan) has decided to study History of Art at University of Warwick.
Fluent in Russian, English, Italian, and French, Diana earned a Bilingual IB Diploma in Russian and English and credits both the IB Programme® and the breadth of the TASIS experience for preparing her well for her post-secondary studies.“The variety at TASIS (meaning the opportunities for art, sports, theater, service, and academics) as well as the rigor of the IB have helped me become a well-rounded and curious individual,” she said. “In particular, the IB has helped me develop strong time management skills and learn how to cope with a significant workload.”
Diana praised IB Coordinator and UK University Counselor Howard Stickley for keeping her on track over the past four years. “Mr. Stickley has been helping me since the first time I came into his office in 9th grade to discuss my future university and career plans,” she said. “I remember how shocked he was that a 9th grader came to him to choose IB courses for the upcoming years. I am very thankful to him for giving me advice and helping me throughout my high school years.”
Outside the classroom, Diana was inspired by her role as a Dorm Proctor, which helped her “learn to connect with people faster and on another level;” her two trips to The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) conference; and her role as a student leader in the Opsahl Global Service Program (GSP).
Diana helped design and build four wooden benches for a new community park in Riscova, Moldova.
“Our service trip to Moldova was my most inspiring experience,” she said. “The GSP program made a big impact on me because service is something that not only gives my life meaning but can also impact the lives of others in ways one cannot imagine. Doing something for someone other than yourself, being a part of something bigger, and contributing to a community in need is what can give hope to humanity, which I think is exactly what it needs. Model UN also contributed to that, as I became more aware of the pressing issues that exist on a global scale.”
It comes as no surprise that as a junior Diana was selected as the recipient of the Cathy Clark Memorial Scholarship, which recognizes and rewards a student who, in the judgment of the TASIS community, demonstrates exceptional dedication to community service.
The GSP program made a big impact on me because service is something that not only gives my life meaning but can also impact the lives of others in ways one cannot imagine.
But in spite of all her academic successes and impressive service record, it is a simple pleasure that Diana will miss most after spending the past six years at TASIS. “Not getting to see the beautiful campus every day is going to be very difficult to get used to,” she said.