Kiki Tifase wins international essay competition
A first "hello" to Cambridge, on the path to a career in medicine
“If I put my heart and soul into a project, I can be very successful.” This is what 13-year-old BIS student Kiki Tifase thinks of winning an international essay competition organised by "Immerse Education", an institution for academic enrichment programmes in Oxford and Cambridge. “Winning this competition is a symbol of the effort, late nights and frustration I put into my work,” said the Grade 8 student.
Among thousands of participants worldwide, the eighth-grader impressed the jury and was one of only ten students to receive this award. The prize is a 100% scholarship to a medical summer school in Oxford or Cambridge. Other BIS students were also rewarded for their excellent contributions with a 50% scholarship: Axel van den Ancker (Grade 11), Gioia Sommerburg (Grade 10), Grace van den Ancker (Grade 8) and Zoe C. (Grade 8).
Among the eight topics available, Kiki chose, "Should all vaccines be mandatory?" from the field of medicine. "Throughout my studying process, I was able to learn about not only scientific information but also social, ethical and economic facts that highly changed my views on the topic of vaccinations and their necessity in today's world", said Kiki, who holds Nigerian and United States citizenship.
Time for new experiences
The summer camp at Cambridge has extra meaning for Kiki as she already plans to study medicine, preferably at Cambridge. "I am looking forward to the independence that comes with travelling alone, making new friends, and learning in a historical environment such as Cambridge, whilst benefiting educationally and socially in the long run.”The programme includes 40 academic hours, specialised learning materials, excursions, a tutor written assessment and last but not least: Breakfast and dinner in the college hall.
Kiki Tifase is in her second year at Bavarian International School (BIS). The International Baccalaureate World School has two campuses, one in Haimhausen and one in Munich-Schwabing (about 1,150 students from more than 60 nations). Kiki describes BIS as "well-rounded", providing a "range of opportunities" and "exceptional in all aspects of learning and growing".