Anfisa Bogdanenko, who finished ILS this spring, paid a visit to our school to tell us about her studies at Williston Northampton School in Massachusetts (USA).
Anfisa told us: “I graduated from ILS as an external student and now I am studying in grade 12 at Williston Northampton to immerse myself in the environment, as well as to understand the distinct features and nuances of education in America. I am planning to attend university in the USA, and this fall the admission process begins. I have to write essays, correspond with universities, and go through interviews.”
Anfisa hopes to study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and she believes that her chances of being accepted are as good as anyone’s.
“My studies at ILS served as a starting platform for understanding the English language, which, along with my work in mathematics, physics, biology, gave me a strong foundation. One of the differences between Russian and American schools is that in the USA you have the opportunity to personalize your education and study certain subjects in depth. I think that I was lucky to study in both systems. At my American school, I studied how social connections and the community in general are built. School is a place where, together with peers and friends, we learn new things about our world.”
“Anfisa is a capable and determined student,” says ILS Principal Olga Shevchenko. “We are sure that everything will work out for her, that her plans will be implemented. Many of our students continue their studies at universities in the USA, Canada, Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Great Britain, and the Czech Republic and are among their best students there.”