Dear Mr. Kamolchai, and Ms. Kamolchai
Thank you very much for entrusting your child with ISAK this summer. Below, you will find comments from us, your child’s advisory/chore group.
Advisory and chore groups were designed as a means for a group of students to meet on a daily basis to reflect on daily activities, and to process and share their learning, feelings and challenges each day. Although students in each advisory group came from very diverse backgrounds, we gradually developed a family-like camaraderie in which students were able to recognize the similarities in thoughts and feelings despite differences in cultural backgrounds. Our role as advisors, along with other teachers/counselors in our group, was to create a safe environment in which students were able to be themselves. Furthermore, we guided them through their growth to ensure that they maximized their learning from ISAK summer school, and recognize how to apply this learning as they grow beyond their time at ISAK.
It was a pleasure to have I-Din in our advisory and get to know her throughout the Summer School. A kind, caring, mature individual, she undoubtedly inspired many students, counselors, and teachers, and contributed greatly to the Summer School experience.
Although she shared that she found it challenging to communicate in English only, she quickly overcame the language barrier and was always engaged in advisory and chore group meetings. Not only did she contribute good ideas but also she listened actively to others and took initiative in leading discussions. Her leadership was also evidenced by her care for others and their growth. In our advisory, she often shared her concern for her roommates who were facing challenges of their own and her ideas about how to support them. She was also conscientious about ensuring that everyone was involved in chore group and Design Innovation.
I-Din especially shined in Mindful Mixed Media. A wonderful artist, she was, as one of the instructors said, “truly in her element” in both the sketching and photography components of the class. In addition, she shared her talent with others by offering to decorate other students’ and counselors’ binders. She also attended the swing dance classes offered in the evening, arriving early every time to get extra instruction. As one teacher put, she “has a love of learning that is beautiful to see.”
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to spend time with and learn from such a special young woman. We are very excited to see what she will to bring to those around her and to the world, and we are confident that she will continue to practice leadership when she returns home.Sincerely,
Mari and Ken