Humans of ISO

Why?

People and their stories, feelings, memories, opinions, experiences. Each of us has a relationship with the school. The school gives us a lot of things and moves us further in our journey through life.

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As long as I can remember, the 1st International School of Ostrava was an integral part of my life. To put my “story” into some context, I must start at the beginning. My dad and mum met in the USA, and some time later, I was born in the Czech Republic. When I was a few months old, we moved to…

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I chose ISO eight years ago, primarily because it was offering something, at that time, extraordinary for me . I very soon realized the importance of English language used all over the world and the idea of being educated in English was fascinating. This is my very last year, which makes me bit sad…

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I come from Thailand and I’m an exchange student from YFU (=Youth for Understanding: Non-profit international educational organization offers intercultural exchange programs for teenagers, families, schools and communities; https://www.yfu.org/). They offered me an exchange program in one of the…

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I didn’t think much about coming to Canada, I just did it to try something new. But after a few weeks in Banff I realized I was living my dream. Living in the mountains, climbing, hiking, skiing, waking up to the amazing view of the Rockies, nights with thousands of stars, road trips, this yearning…

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I made the decision to study at ISO when I was 15 years old. I knew I need a school that gives me space, understanding and school that believes in its students. But mainly it was the passion, support, and motivation of all teachers who trusted in each single of us. Furthermore, projects pushed us…

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I remember sitting in this café in London during my 1st year at University with few former ISO students thinking back to the high school time - what ISO meant to us. Up until then I never fully realised what those 4 years gave me. For me personally, ISO was an Opportunity. I got an opportunity to…

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When deciding about my high school path, my plan to study at a medical school didn’t quite work out. Luckily, there was a new project starting at that time, which determined my future at the 1st International School of Ostrava (ISO). I must admit that I struggled at the very beginning but all the…

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There’s so much stuff that you get access to once you’ve learned to speak English. There are throngs of TV shows, movies, books, music, and much more that I would have never even heard of had I not been studying at an international school. There are times when I can’t find any information for an…

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ISO is definitely very close to my heart. Just as I am proud of the town where I grew up, I am proud of the school, that out of the all education instituions which I have gone through, had clearly the greatest influence on me. The school, built by the team around Jan Petrus and Brett Gray, can put…

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1st International School of Ostrava was an important part of my life. This school literally taught me how to live my life, especially due to the IB DP program through which I learned how to grow in an international society and to be helpful towards other cultures. From the beginning I felt that it…

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I moved to the Czech Republic in 2008 from Albuquerque, New Mexico. To be honest, I didn’t want to leave the US, I didn’t speak much Czech and I didn’t know anybody in Ostrava. I started 9th grade at ISO and my opinion of the Czech Republic immediately changed. The teachers, students, and the whole…

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Anyone, who has ever lived abroad for a longer period of time, has always brought back home something new, a new perspective on life, new findings, or new strength. In their old environment, they then find themselves feeling a bit like strangers. When I came back as a seventeen-year old from a…

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My studies at ISO began in 2007. Since I completed elementary school in the Czech Republic and my English skills were limited, the first months at ISO were quite challenging. Not only English itself but overall adaptation to a different system of learning, this all was a jump into the unknown.…

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I’ve been attending the 1st International School of Ostrava for four years now, even though I have known about the school long before. I even wanted to begin my study at ISO since the 6th grade, but that didn’t end up happening, so I waited until high school. The thing I really liked straight from…

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Student, Master in Economics, Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto, Portugal When I started studying at ISO, I was expecting to become very good at English. It was a big challenge for me to study the whole high school in a foreign language. Today I realize that the English proficiency was…

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In the previous Humans of ISO posts, students talked about multicultural environment, quality of education and new great possibilities for our future. With my story, I am going to add another, so far not mentioned value, that the school gave me and this is acceptance. Throughout my whole life, I…

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For me, ISO is one great man’s dream that came true. Mr Petrus started an amazing project that has grown into a blooming educational institution for young souls that want more than a solely standardized institutional system. ISO breaks the rules, it sets different standards and it makes you realize…

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I remember coming to ISO for the first time. It was on 20 January 2005 on Open house day. Back then the school was basically a small building with two classes. I knew that choosing this school would be quite a risk, because I would only be in the 2nd generation of graduates. But after this visit it…

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I left ISO three years ago, which gave me enough time to think about what it gave me. There are the obvious things. I’ve made friends who, although currently being 1000 miles away, stay my friends to this day. I’ve attended classes taught by some of the most inspiring teachers the country has to…

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I went to Czech Republic first when I was 12. At that time, I didn't know that it would change my life this much. I learnt not only language and school subjects, but also broader outlook to see the world with good and crazy people from all different nations. I realize I would miss so many things if…

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1st International School of Ostrava is a school, which gave me general knowledge and very intensive studies in English. It also taught me to think and work, both collaboratively and individually, and this was a very good preparation for my mission abroad. I began my university career in Switzerland…

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Four years ago I came up with an idea - I will study abroad when I graduate my high school. I wanted to explore the beauty of the world behind the borders of the Czech Republic. Now I study the first year of European Studies in Malmö, Sweden. Travelling and experiencing new countries have always…

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At the age of 15 I did not know what I wanted to do, or where I wanted to get in a few years. So I decided to go to study at ISO specially because of English as I thought it would be a good starting point if I wanted to do something in my life. Now, when I look back, school gave me much more than…

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Being a part of ISO was a huge and positive experience for me. I think that it is necessary to take ISO as a different school compared to all the other schools in Ostrava. It has been almost nine years since I was hesitating whether to decide for ISO or another gymnasium in the region. I was really…

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I am a person who does not like changes and does not get used to them easily, but once that change is over I am very grateful for the new experience. That's exactly what happened when I was making a decision in the fifth grade whether I should study at ISO for the next eight years. I said yes, and…

Karolina Baloušková

The school has taught me how to work independently, think critically, speak almost perfect English, but most importantly I have had the opportunity to get to know a lot of other cultures and to have a slightly more open view of the world as a child. And although nowadays we are scattered all over…

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