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The European school experience, language and identity: inside the minds of some of the 7th year students

jacqueline ixellianWith the end of school approaching, most of us 7th years have been reflecting upon our experiences at the European School. Many of us have been here since first primary or even first maternelle and so have not known anything different from this school, whereas others only joined recently meaning their overall experience has not quite been the same and they can make interesting comparisons between this school and their previous ones. I therefore decided to interview ten 7th years at the school, asking them questions about their overall experiences, how they feel about their identity, what they’ll be doing next year, whether they’ll miss the European school, and any advice they would give to younger students.

- The first section interviews one person from each section, who has been in the school since primary. (7 people)

- The second section interviews 2 people who only joined the school in recent years.

juan ixellian- The third section interviews 1 person in a language section which is not her mother tongue.

Section 1:

Jacqueline – German section

My experience in the European School has been fairly positive. Before I attended Uccle and later Ixelles, I went to an international school and when I changed I could feel a huge difference both in terms of the mentality and system. Personally, after having been in this school for eleven years and having never lived in my home country I would definitely define my identity as European although I will always feel a closer relationship to my country and some sort of nationalism. This school opened many doors for me: meeting people of different nationalities, learning three different languages and the school has enabled me to go to New York for a UN conference, an opportunity that I would have never gotten elsewhere. Next year I will be studying in the UK and hopefully will do an exchange year during my time at university. The advice I would give to younger students of the school it’s to stand up for your interests and opinions and to not let anyone make you feel like you’re not good enough to be making it somewhere in the future. Also, school ends much faster than you think, so enjoy the privileges and opportunities you get (e.g. work experience) and make the most out of it.

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