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Spring has sprung!

By Rachel Heimeier

With Art Exhibitions, Open Houses, third year theatre productions, successful language competitions, school trips and exchanges, Nordic debate, model UN, IHC dance, chess, ensemble, basketball and not to forget World Book Day and introductions to research on the EU BigO project complete, what is there left to do at IEGS this spring term!

Well, the month of May has brought warmer weather, colourful flowers and chirping birds - all signs of a fabulous spring! At IEGS, the month of May has also contributed to our students increased excitement and nerves as the end of term is drawing near. Students on our IB diploma program are sitting their final exams and those on the national program are completing final assessments and national tests. Good luck to you all in your final sprint to that finish line, but remember that learning is a life long journey – so the learning won’t be ending any time soon. Speaking of life-long learning, May 4 was a special day for myself as I was invited to Stockholm’s City Hall to attend Karolinska Institutets’ spring conferment ceremony. Here, the significant academic achievement and hard work involved in composing and defending a doctoral thesis is celebrated.

Unbeknownst to myself, May 4, 2018 has been marked as a historical celebration for Karolinska Institutet as for the first time, only women were promoted to honorary doctors, and these 3 women were celebrated with 135 new PhD students. As I watched this glorious ceremony recognising dedication, service, learning and merit, I could not help but smile and wonder, when will I have the opportunity to watch one of our IEGS students be celebrated?

Karolinska Institutet , 4 May 2018

/Dr Rachel Heimeier


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