Elia Charbel Abboud, MD
The English International School carries a unique and very special place in my heart. It was my home for 8 years, where I spent some of the best and most memorable days of my young life - days that have allowed me to grow and lay the foundations for my growth into the competent and ambitious near-surgeon I have become today. My university and medical school years were very successful after my time in Cotonou, and I am now in my 13th year of post-high school training, two years away from becoming a general surgeon. I am forever thankful to the English International School for teaching me to be an organized, meticulous, motivated, and hard-working student, a good team player with the ability to work well under pressure - all qualities necessary in the competitive adult, and especially medical world. I strongly recommend the school to all those seeking a bright and successful future!
Elia Charbel Abboud, MD
New York Presbyterian/Queens Hospital
General Surgery Resident, PGY 4
E.I.S. fondly remembers Ishan Bhowmik in his leading role in the Middle School production of Moliere's, Tartuffe (June 2015). He reports to us from India, where he continues to allow his thespian talents to shine:
"Moliere's 'Tartuffe' was the gateway to my acting skill. It is there that I discovered that I could act. Thanks to all the teachers and you, Dr. Carsky, for having given me the opportunity to hone my hidden talents. Hence, it's indeed my pleasure to feature in the EIS website; the school that I always miss. Need your blessings all the way."
Alyanna Medenilla, RN
I attended the English International School for 11 years, from the age of 5 to 16. Apart from the academic knowledge I gained there, I also gained interpersonal and intercultural skills which have proven to be of invaluable use to me up till now. Thanks to the international environment at EIS, I am now always comfortable and confident in any international setting and am open to different ways of thinking about or doing things. I truly am grateful to EIS for providing a space where I could develop my various skills through academic studies and extracurricular activities. Simple skills such as knowing how to swim, dance and paint have made forming meaningful relationships with others much easier than it could have otherwise been and have gone a long way in building my confidence in myself.
A year after my graduation from EIS, I moved to Vaasa, Finland where I studied to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. My area of concentration was Restaurant Management. Over the past six years, I have had the privilege of working in various restaurants and hotels in Finland as well as in Germany to gain experience and knowledge on how to provide excellent service to customers from all over the world.
I am presently working in the room styling department of the largest hotel operator in the Nordic countries, Scandic Hotels. With their headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Scandic hotels serve all the Nordic countries and are also in a few other countries namely Germany, Belgium and Poland. My job is to work in a team to ensure that every customer has a comfortable time during their stay in regards to design and cleanliness of their rooms and the hotel itself.
Eleos Zannou, Bachelor of Hospitality Management
Achraf Hage Ali
My name is Achraf Hage Ali. When I was a child, I went to EIS; the beginning of a wonderful adventure that stayed engraved in my mind. I left my dear school at Year 5, and joined back at Year 8. I successfully completed my Checkpoints, IGCSEs, and AS Levels. That is from Year 8 to Year 12. I then applied to AUB (American University of Beirut) and got accepted. I am currently a freshman student. My Major is Biology Pre-Med and I am completing my second semester as an AUB student.
EIS was and still is a major part of my heart and life. There, I discovered a new environment, a rich atmosphere, made most of my friends, and met wonderful people. I thank Mr. and Mrs. Collins, all my teachers, and the beautiful Mrs. Carsky for taking good care of me. I will never forget EIS, and still am in contact with my teachers and friends.
Since my beginnings at the English International School, I have fallen in love with the idea of a close-knit global community. ‘Close-knit’ quickly changed as I left EIS and enrolled at the University of Maryland – a large public research university of about 40,000 students overall. However, I feel as though I have learned the importance of networking with people from various backgrounds and cultures. I believe EIS has given me the drive to want to engage in social connections with the people around me – in order to establish my own global community.
As I slowly advance towards professionalism, as a pre-Law student, I look back at my unforgettable experiences at EIS, such as Community Service, with no doubt in my mind that they shaped me in the best way possible to tackle my goals.
I am currently at the University of Exeter studying BSc in Business Economics. I plan on pursuing Investment Banking and I'm currently the Mutual Fund Manager for the BFS (Business and Finance Society) Mutual Fund 2016/2017 at the University of Exeter.
Clean water treatment and distribution, waste-water collection and treatment are often taken for granted when all is well. Miles of buried infrastructure, pipes, vaults, etc. are all in need of monitoring, maintenance and replacement. Big water and waste-water treatment plants need system upgrades for increased efficiency, capacity and environmental regulations. This industry needs innovative young minds to learn from and replace the knowledgeable workforce soon to retire.
I work for the eighth largest water/waste-water utility in the United States. It’s located in the state of Maryland, and serves two counties. Approximately 1.2 million people depend on consistent service. My job is to work with engineering design consultants and contractors to design and build facility upgrade projects for the utility. It is my responsibility to manage these engineering projects so that the utility can continue to meet its desired performance.
My job is only one role in the organization. So many different talents and skill sets are needed to staff a water utility, you don’t need to be an engineer to work for one. At the core is a mission to provide ratepayers with clean drinking water, and to protect the environment from the human presence on earth. If you’re looking for a meaningful career in an industry that won’t go out of style, you may choose to consider a job for a water/waste-water utility.
Amado Carsky, Graduate of University of Maryland (Civil Engineering)
Coming to EIS prepared me for college in the United States. When I came to EIS in Year 9, I had absolutely no English skills. As a 14-year- old boy, switching from the French system to the English system was my biggest challenge. I have interacted with teachers and classmates from all over the world, and being in that very diverse community was a great help. I thank all my teachers, but especially Mrs. Carsky, who always found time to assist me in developing my English. I graduated from EIS fluent in English, which allowed me to further my education in New York City. Now I’m going to Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, majoring in Aeronautical Engineering.